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Fast Food Industry Award 2020

 

This Fair Work Commission consolidated modern award incorporates all amendments up to and including 9 April 2024 (PR771227).

Clause(s) affected by the most recent variation(s):

19Superannuation

 

Table of Contents

[Varied by PR747324, PR750466]

Part 1— Application and Operation of this Award.............................................................. 3

1. Title and commencement............................................................................................. 3

2. Definitions.................................................................................................................... 3

3. The National Employment Standards and this award.................................................. 4

4. Coverage....................................................................................................................... 5

5. Individual flexibility arrangements.............................................................................. 6

6. Requests for flexible working arrangements................................................................ 8

7. Facilitative provisions.................................................................................................. 8

Part 2— Types of Employment and Classifications.............................................................. 8

8. Types of employment................................................................................................... 8

9. Full-time employees..................................................................................................... 9

10. Part-time employees..................................................................................................... 9

11. Casual employees....................................................................................................... 10

12. Classifications............................................................................................................. 10

Part 3— Hours of Work......................................................................................................... 11

13. Ordinary hours of work and rostering........................................................................ 11

14. Breaks......................................................................................................................... 12

Part 4— Wages and Allowances............................................................................................ 13

15. Minimum rates............................................................................................................ 13

16. Payment of wages....................................................................................................... 14

17. Allowances................................................................................................................. 15

18. Accident pay............................................................................................................... 18

19. Superannuation........................................................................................................... 20

Part 5— Overtime and Penalty Rates................................................................................... 22

20. Overtime..................................................................................................................... 22

21. Penalty rates................................................................................................................ 25

Part 6— Leave and Public Holidays..................................................................................... 26

22. Annual leave............................................................................................................... 26

23. Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave........................................................ 30

24. Parental leave and related entitlements...................................................................... 30

25. Community service leave........................................................................................... 31

26. Family and domestic violence leave.......................................................................... 31

27. Public holidays........................................................................................................... 31

Part 7— Consultation and Dispute Resolution.................................................................... 32

28. Consultation about major workplace change............................................................. 32

29. Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work............................................ 33

30. Dispute resolution....................................................................................................... 33

Part 8— Termination of Employment and Redundancy.................................................... 34

31. Termination of employment....................................................................................... 34

32. Redundancy................................................................................................................ 35

Schedule A —Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay................................................................. 37

Schedule B —Summary of Monetary Allowances............................................................... 45

Schedule C —Supported Wage System................................................................................ 47

Schedule D —Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance............................................ 50

Schedule E —Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave......................................................... 51

 


Part 1—Application and Operation of this Award

1.                      Title and commencement

1.1                   This is the Fast Food Industry Award 2020.

1.2                   This modern award commenced operation on 1 January 2010. The terms of the award have been varied since that date.

1.3                   A variation to this award does not affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability that a person acquired, accrued or incurred under the award as it existed prior to that variation.

2.                      Definitions

In this award:

Act means the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

adult employee means an employee who is 21 years of age or over.

casual employee has the meaning given by section 15A of the Act.

defined benefit member has the meaning given by the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth).

employee means a national system employee as defined by section 13 of the Act. See also section 30C and 30M of the Act.

employer means a national system employer as defined by section 14 of the Act. See also section 30D and 30N of the Act.

enterprise instrument has the meaning given by subitem 2(1) of Schedule 6 to the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (Cth).

exempt public sector superannuation scheme has the meaning given by the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth).

Fair Work Regulations means the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth).

fast food industry is defined in clause 4.2.

immediate family has the meaning given by section 12 of the Act.

junior employee means an employee who is under 21 years of age.

minimum hourly rate means the minimum hourly rate specified in clause 15Minimum rates.

MySuper product has the meaning given by the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth).

NES means the National Employment Standards as contained in sections 59 to 131 of the Act.

on-hire means the on-hire of an employee by their employer to a client, where the employee works under the general guidance and instruction of the client or a representative of the client.

standard rate means the minimum hourly rate for a fast food employee level 2 in Table 3—Minimum rates.

State reference public sector modern award has the meaning given by subitem 3(2) of Schedule 6A to the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (Cth).

State reference public sector transitional award has the meaning given by subitem 2(1) of Schedule 6A to the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (Cth).

Table 1—Facilitative provisions means the table in clause 7.2.

Table 2—Entitlements to rest and meal breaks means the table in clause 14.1.

Table 3—Minimum rates means the table in clause 15.1.

Table 4—Junior rates means the table in clause 15.2.

Table 5—Overtime rates means the table in clause 20.6.

Table 6—Penalty rates means the table in clause 21Penalty rates.

Table 7—Period of notice means the table in clause 31.1.

3.                      The National Employment Standards and this award

[Varied by PR750466]

3.1                   The National Employment Standards (NES) and this award contain the minimum conditions of employment for employees covered by this award.

3.2                   The minimum conditions in the NES relate to the following matters:

(a)          maximum weekly hours (Division 3);

(b)         requests for flexible working arrangements (Division 4);

(ba) offers and requests for casual conversion (Division 4A);

(c)          parental leave and related entitlements (Division 5);

(d)         annual leave (Division 6);

[3.2(e) varied by PR750466 ppc 15Mar23]

(e)          personal/carer's leave, compassionate leave and paid family and domestic violence leave (Division 7);

(f)           community service leave (Division 8);

(g)          long service leave (Division 9);

(h)         public holidays (Division 10);

(i)            notice of termination and redundancy pay (Division 11);

(j)           Fair Work Information Statement (Division 12).

3.3                   Where this award refers to a condition of employment provided for in the NES, the NES definition applies.

3.4                   The employer must ensure that copies of this award and of the NES are available to all employees to whom they apply, either on a notice board conveniently located at or near the workplace or through accessible electronic means.

4.                      Coverage

4.1                   This industry award covers, to the exclusion of any other modern award:

(a)          employers in the fast food industry throughout Australia; and

(b)         employees (within a classification defined in clause 12.4) of employers mentioned in clause 4.1(a).

4.2                   In this award fast food industry means the industry of taking orders for, preparing and selling (by direct provision to the customer and/or by delivery to the customer’s address):

(a)          meals, snacks and/or beverages, which are sold to the public primarily to be consumed away from the point of sale;

(b)         take away foods and beverages packaged, sold or served in such a manner as to allow their being taken from the point of sale to be consumed elsewhere should the customer so decide; and/or

(c)          food and/or beverages in food courts and/or in shopping centres and/or in retail complexes, excluding coffee shops, cafes, bars and restaurants providing primarily a sit-down service inside the catering establishment.

4.3                   This industry award also covers:

(a)          on-hire employees while working for a business in the fast food industry (within a classification defined in clause 12.4) and the on-hire employers of those employees; and

(b)         trainees employed by a group training employer and hosted by an employer covered by this award to work in the fast food industry (within a classification defined in clause 12.4) at a location where the employees mentioned in clause 4.1(b) also perform work and the group training employers of those trainees.

4.4                   However, this industry award does not cover any of the following:

(a)          employees excluded from award coverage by the Act; or

NOTE: See section 143(7) of the Act.

(b)         employees covered by a modern enterprise award or an enterprise instrument; or

(c)          employees covered by a State reference public sector modern award or a State reference public sector transitional award; or

(d)         employers in relation to employees mentioned in clauses 4.4(a), 4.4(b) or 4.4(c); or

(e)          employers in the following industries:

(i)           the hospitality industry as defined in the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020; or

(ii)         the general retail industry as defined in the General Retail Industry Award 2020.

4.5                   If an employer is covered by more than one award, an employee of the employer is covered by the award containing the classification that is most appropriate to the work performed by the employee and to the environment in which the employee normally performs the work.

NOTE: An employee working in the fast food industry who is not covered by this industry award may be covered by an award with occupational coverage.

5.                      Individual flexibility arrangements

5.1                   Despite anything else in this award, an employer and an individual employee may agree to vary the application of the terms of this award relating to any of the following in order to meet the genuine needs of both the employee and the employer:

(a)          arrangements for when work is performed; or

(b)         overtime rates; or

(c)          penalty rates; or

(d)         allowances; or

(e)          annual leave loading.

5.2                   An agreement must be one that is genuinely made by the employer and the individual employee without coercion or duress.

5.3                   An agreement may only be made after the individual employee has commenced employment with the employer.

5.4                   An employer who wishes to initiate the making of an agreement must:

(a)          give the employee a written proposal; and

(b)         if the employer is aware that the employee has, or should reasonably be aware that the employee may have, limited understanding of written English, take reasonable steps (including providing a translation in an appropriate language) to ensure that the employee understands the proposal.

5.5                   An agreement must result in the employee being better off overall at the time the agreement is made than if the agreement had not been made.

5.6                   An agreement must do all of the following:

(a)          state the names of the employer and the employee; and

(b)         identify the award term, or award terms, the application of which is to be varied; and

(c)          set out how the application of the award term, or each award term, is varied; and

(d)         set out how the agreement results in the employee being better off overall at the time the agreement is made than if the agreement had not been made; and

(e)          state the date the agreement is to start.

5.7                   An agreement must be:

(a)          in writing; and

(b)         signed by the employer and the employee and, if the employee is under 18 years of age, by the employee’s parent or guardian.

5.8                   Except as provided in clause 5.7(b), an agreement must not require the approval or consent of a person other than the employer and the employee.

5.9                   The employer must keep the agreement as a time and wages record and give a copy to the employee.

5.10               The employer and the employee must genuinely agree, without duress or coercion to any variation of an award provided for by an agreement.

5.11               An agreement may be terminated:

(a)          at any time, by written agreement between the employer and the employee; or

(b)         by the employer or employee giving 13 weeks’ written notice to the other party (reduced to 4 weeks if the agreement was entered into before the first full pay period starting on or after 4 December 2013).

NOTE: If an employer and employee agree to an arrangement that purports to be an individual flexibility arrangement under this award term and the arrangement does not meet a requirement set out in section 144 of the Act then the employee or the employer may terminate the arrangement by giving written notice of not more than 28 days (see section 145 of the Act).

5.12               An agreement terminated as mentioned in clause 5.11(b) ceases to have effect at the end of the period of notice required under that clause.

5.13               The right to make an agreement under clause 5 is additional to, and does not affect, any other term of this award that provides for an agreement between an employer and an individual employee.

6.                      Requests for flexible working arrangements

[6 substituted by PR763196 ppc 01Aug23]

Requests for flexible working arrangements are provided for in the NES.

NOTE: Disputes about requests for flexible working arrangements may be dealt with under clause 30Dispute resolution and/or under section 65B of the Act.

7.                      Facilitative provisions

7.1                   A facilitative provision allows for the standard approach in an award provision to be changed by agreement between an employer and an individual employee at the workplace.

7.2                   The following clauses in this award contain facilitative provisions:

Table 1—Facilitative provisions

Clause

Provision

20.7

Time off instead of payment for overtime

22.3

Annual leave in advance

22.4

Cashing out of annual leave

23.2(c)

Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave—casual employees

27.2

Substitution of public holidays by agreement

   

Part 2—Types of Employment and Classifications

8.                      Types of employment

8.1                   An employee covered by this award must be one of the following:

(a)          a full-time employee; or

(b)         a part-time employee; or

(c)          a casual employee.

8.2                   At the time of engaging an employee, the employer must inform the employee of the terms of their engagement, including whether they are engaged as a full-time, part-time or casual employee.

9.                      Full-time employees

A full-time employee is an employee who is engaged to work an average of 38 ordinary hours per week over a period of no more than 4 weeks.

NOTE: See clause 13Ordinary hours of work and rostering for averaging terms.

10.                 Part-time employees

10.1               A part-time employee is an employee who:

(a)          works less than 38 ordinary hours per week; and

(b)         has reasonably predictable hours of work.

10.2               An employer must roster a part-time employee for a minimum of 3 consecutive hours on any shift.

10.3               At the time of engaging a part-time employee, the employer and the employee must agree in writing on a regular pattern of work. That agreement must include at least all of the following:

(a)          the number of ordinary hours to be worked each day; and

(b)         the days of the week on which the employee will work; and

(c)          the actual times at which the employee will start and finish work each day; and

(d)         when meal breaks may be taken and their duration; and

(e)          that the daily engagement is a minimum of 3 consecutive hours; and

(f)           that any variation will be in writing, including by any electronic means of communication (for example, by text message).

10.4               The employer must keep a copy of any agreement made under clause 10.3 and give a copy to the employee.

10.5               The employer and the employee may agree to vary the regular pattern of work agreed to under clause 10.3 for a particular rostered shift provided that:

(a)          the agreed variation is recorded in writing, including by electronic means of communication, at or by the end of the affected shift; and

(b)         the employer keeps a copy of the agreed variation and, if requested, gives a copy to the employee.

10.6               If no record of an agreed variation to a particular rostered shift under clause 10.5 is kept by the employer, then the employer must pay the employee at overtime rates for any hours worked in excess of the employee’s regular pattern of work.

10.7               The employer and employee may agree to vary the regular pattern of work agreed to under clause 10.3 on an ongoing basis or for a specified period of time, provided that:

(a)          the agreed variation is recorded in writing, including by any electronic means of communication, before the variation occurs; and

(b)         the employer keeps a copy of the agreed variation and gives a copy to the employee.

10.8               An employer must pay a part-time employee in accordance with clause 15Minimum rates for each ordinary hour worked.

NOTE: Penalty rates applicable to part-time employees are set out in clause 21Penalty rates.

10.9               All time worked in excess of the number of ordinary hours agreed under clause  10.3 or varied under clause 10.5 or 10.7, is overtime and must be paid at the overtime rate in accordance with clause 20Overtime.

11.                 Casual employees

11.1               The ordinary hours of work for a casual employee, defined in clause 2Definitions:

(a)          may be no more than 38 ordinary hours per week; or

(b)         where the employee works in accordance with a roster, may be no more than 38 ordinary hours per week averaged over the course of the roster cycle.

11.2               An employer must pay a casual employee for each ordinary hour worked:

(a)          the minimum hourly rate in clause 15Minimum rates for the classification in which they are employed; plus

(b)         a loading of 25% of the minimum hourly rate.

NOTE: Overtime and penalty rates applicable to casual employees are set out in clauses 20Overtime and 21Penalty rates.

11.3               The minimum daily engagement for a casual employee is 3 consecutive hours.

11.4               An employer must pay a casual employee at the end of each engagement, or weekly or fortnightly in accordance with pay arrangements for full-time employees.

11.5               Offers and requests for casual conversion

Offers and requests for conversion from casual employment to full-time or part-time employment are provided for in the NES. See sections 66A to 66M of the Act.

NOTE: Disputes about offers and requests for casual conversion under the NES are to be dealt with under clause 30Dispute resolution.

12.                 Classifications

12.1               An employer must classify an employee covered by this award in accordance with clause 12.4.

NOTE: The minimum rates applicable to the classifications in this award are in clause 15Minimum rates.

12.2               The classification by the employer must be based on the skill level that the employer requires the employee to exercise in order to carry out the principal functions of the employment.

12.3               Employers must notify employees in writing of their classification and of any change to it.

12.4               Classification definitions

(a)          Fast Food Employee Level 1

(i)           An employee engaged in the preparation, the receipt of orders, cooking, sale, serving or delivery of meals, snacks and/or beverages which are sold to the public primarily to take away or in food courts in shopping centres.

(ii)         A Fast Food Employee Level 1 will undertake duties as directed within the limits of their competence, skills and training, including incidental cleaning and cleaning of toilets.

(b)         Fast Food Employee Level 2

An employee who has the major responsibility on a day-to-day basis for supervising Fast Food employees Level 1 and/or training new employees or an employee required to exercise trade skills.

(c)          Fast Food Employee Level 3

An employee appointed by the employer to be in charge of a shop, food outlet or delivery outlet.

Part 3—Hours of Work

13.                 Ordinary hours of work and rostering

13.1               The ordinary hours of work for a full-time employee are an average of 38 ordinary hours per week over a period of no more than 4 weeks. See clause 9Full-time employees.

13.2               An employer must roster a full-time employee in accordance with one of the following options:

(a)          working 38 ordinary hours per week; or

(b)         working 76 ordinary hours over 2 consecutive weeks; or

(c)          working 114 ordinary hours over 3 consecutive weeks; or

(d)         working 152 ordinary hours over 4 consecutive weeks.

13.3               The ordinary hours of work for a part-time employee are as agreed under clause 10Part-time employees.

13.4               The ordinary hours of work for a casual employee are set out in clause 11Casual employees.

13.5               The maximum number of ordinary hours that can be worked on any day is 11 hours.

13.6               Ordinary hours of work on any day are continuous, except for rest breaks and meal breaks, as specified in clause 14Breaks.

13.7               Clause 13 does not operate to limit or increase or in any way alter the trading hours of any employer as determined by any relevant State or Territory legislation.

14.                 Breaks

14.1               Employees are entitled to rest and meal breaks in the following circumstances:

Table 2—Entitlements to rest and meal breaks

Hours worked per shift

Rest breaks

Meal breaks

Less than 4 hours

No rest break

No meal break

4 hours or more but less than 5 hours

One 10 minute paid rest break

No meal break

5 hours or more but less than 9 hours

One 10 minute paid rest break

One unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes but not more than 60 minutes

9 hours or more

If 2 unpaid meal breaks are provided:

One 10 minute paid rest break

Two unpaid meal breaks of at least 30 minutes but not more than 60 minutes

Or, if 2 unpaid meal breaks are not provided:

Two 10 minute paid rest breaks — one to be taken in the first half of the shift and one in the second half of the shift

One unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes but not more than 60 minutes

NOTE: Rest breaks count as time worked. Meal breaks do not count as time worked.

14.2               The timing and duration of rest and meal breaks for part-time employees must be included in the roster and are subject to any agreement made under clause 10.3 regarding a part-time employee’s regular pattern of work.

14.3               A variation agreed under clauses 10.5 and 10.7 for a part-time employee may include a variation to the time of taking rest and meal breaks.

14.4               The timing of the taking of a rest break or meal break is intended to provide a meaningful break for the employee during work hours.

14.5               An employer cannot require an employee:

(a)          to take a rest break or meal break within the first or the last hour of work; or

(b)         to take a rest break combined with a meal break; or

(c)          to work more than 5 hours without taking a meal break.

Part 4—Wages and Allowances

15.                 Minimum rates

[Varied by PR762110, PR767875]

15.1               Adult rates

[15.1 varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

An employer must pay an adult employee, as defined in clause 2Definitions, the minimum hourly rate applicable to the employee’s classification for ordinary hours of work as follows:

Table 3—Minimum rates

Employee classification

Minimum weekly rate
(full-time employee)

Minimum hourly rate

 

$

$

Fast food employee level 1

939.60

24.73

Fast food employee level 2

995.00

26.18

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of one or no person

1010.30

26.59

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of 2 or more people

1022.70

26.91

NOTE 1: The minimum hourly rate is 1/38th of the minimum weekly rate.

NOTE 2: Provisions for calculating rates for casual employees are at clause 11Casual employees.

NOTE 3: See Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay for a summary of hourly rates of pay including casual, overtime and penalty rates.

15.2               Junior rates

[15.2 varied by PR767875 ppc 31Dec23]

An employer must pay a junior employee, as defined in clause 2Definitions, the minimum percentage of the adult rate applicable to the employee’s classification in clause 15.1 for ordinary hours of work as follows:

Table 4—Junior rates

Age

% of applicable adult rate

Under 16 years of age

40

16 years of age

50

17 years of age

60

18 years of age

70

19 years of age

80

20 years of age

90

21 years of age

100

NOTE: See Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay for a summary of hourly rates of pay for junior employees including casual, overtime and penalty rates.

15.3               Supported wage system

For employees who, because of the effects of a disability, are eligible for a supported wage, see Schedule C—Supported Wage System.

15.4               National training wage

(a)          Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award 2020 sets out minimum rates and conditions for employees undertaking traineeships.

[15.4(b) varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

(b)         This award incorporates the terms of Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award 2020 as at 1 July 2023. For that purpose, any reference to “this award” in Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award 2020 is to be read as referring to the Fast Food Industry Award 2020 and not to the Miscellaneous Award 2020.

16.                 Payment of wages

NOTE: Regulations 3.33(3) and 3.46(1)(g) of Fair Work Regulations 2009 set out the requirements for pay records and the content of payslips including the requirement to separately identify any allowance paid.

16.1               The employer may determine the pay period of an employee as being either weekly or fortnightly.

16.2               Wages must be paid for a pay period according to the actual hours worked by the employee in the period or they may be averaged over a fortnight.

16.3               Payment on termination of employment

(a)          The employer must pay an employee no later than 7 days after the day on which the employee’s employment terminates:

(i)           the employee’s wages under this award for any complete or incomplete pay period up to the end of the day of termination; and

(ii)         all other amounts that are due to the employee under this award and the NES.

(b)         The requirement to pay wages and other amounts under clause 16.3(a) is subject to further order of the Commission and the employer making deductions authorised by this award or the Act.

NOTE 1: Section 117(2) of the Act provides that an employer must not terminate an employee’s employment unless the employer has given the employee the required minimum period of notice or “has paid” to the employee payment instead of giving notice.

NOTE 2: Clause 16.3(b) allows the Commission to make an order delaying the requirement to make a payment under clause 16.3. For example, the Commission could make an order delaying the requirement to pay redundancy pay if an employer makes an application under section 120 of the Act for the Commission to reduce the amount of redundancy pay an employee is entitled to under the NES.

NOTE 3: State and Territory long service leave laws or long service leave entitlements under section 113 of the Act, may require an employer to pay an employee for accrued long service leave on the day on which the employee’s employment terminates or shortly after.

17.                 Allowances

[Varied by PR762110, PR762269]

NOTE: Regulations 3.33(3) and 3.46(1)(g) of Fair Work Regulations 2009 set out the requirements for pay records and the content of payslips including the requirement to separately identify any allowance paid.

17.1               Employees are entitled to monetary allowances of the specified kinds in the specified circumstances set out in clause 17.

NOTE: Schedule B—Summary of Monetary Allowances contains a summary of monetary allowances and methods of adjustment.

17.2               Broken Hill allowance

[17.2 varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

An employer must pay an employee at a workplace within the County of Yancowinna in New South Wales (Broken Hill) an allowance of $42.58 per week. This allowance is in addition to all other payments.

17.3               Cold work allowance

If an employee is principally employed on any day to enter cold chambers or to stock or refill refrigerated storages such as dairy cases or freezer cabinets, then:

[17.3(a) varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

(a)          the employer must pay the employee an allowance of $0.34 per hour while so employed; and

[17.3(b) varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

(b)         if the temperature in a cold chamber in which the employee is required to work is below 0°C, then the employer must pay the employee an additional allowance of $0.52 per hour while so employed—that is, the employer must pay the employee a total allowance of $0.86 per hour.

17.4               Meal allowance

[17.4(a) varied by PR762269 ppc 01Jul23]

(a)          An employer must either pay an employee a meal allowance of $15.23 or supply the employee with a meal if all of the following apply:

(i)           the employee is required to work overtime of more than one hour on any day after the time at which the employee ordinarily finishes work for the day; and

(ii)         the employee was not given at least 24 hours’ notice of that overtime requirement; and

(iii)       the employee cannot reasonably return home for a meal in their meal break.

[17.4(b) varied by PR762269 ppc 01Jul23]

(b)         If the overtime mentioned in clause 17.4(a) is more than 4 hours, then the employer must pay the employee a further meal allowance of $13.76.

17.5               Special clothing allowance

(a)          If an employer requires an employee to wear special clothing, such as a uniform or protective clothing, then the employer must:

(i)           supply the special clothing to the employee; or

(ii)         pay for the special clothing; or

(iii)       reimburse the employee the costs of purchasing the special clothing and of replacing it as necessary because of normal wear and tear.

(b)         If the employee is responsible for laundering their special clothing, then the employer must pay the employee an allowance of:

(i)           $6.25 per week for a full-time employee; or

(ii)         $1.25 per shift for a part-time or casual employee

17.6               Travelling time reimbursement

(a)          If an employer requires an employee to work on any day at a place other than their usual place of work, then the employer must:

(i)           pay the employee for any extra time reasonably spent travelling to and from work in excess of their normal travel times, as calculated under clause 17.6(b) at the rates set out in clause 17.6(c); and

(ii)         reimburse the employee for any fares reasonably incurred in excess of those normally incurred travelling to and from the employee’s residence and their usual place of work.

(b)         The employer must pay the amounts in clause 17.6(c) for the extra time the employee spends travelling:

(i)           both ways between the employee’s residence and the other place of work; or

(ii)         if the employer provides transport from a pick-up point, both ways between the employee’s residence and that pick-up point.

(c)          The employer must pay the employee for the travelling time calculated under clause 17.6(b):

(i)           on Monday to Saturday, at their minimum hourly rate of pay; or

(ii)         on Sunday or a public holiday, at 150% of their minimum hourly rate of pay.

17.7               Transport of employee reimbursement

(a)          An employer must reimburse an employee’s travel costs as calculated under clause 17.7(b) if all of the following apply:

(i)           the employee starts or finishes work on any day after 10.00 pm or before 7.00 am; and

(ii)         the employee’s regular means of transport is not available; and

(iii)       the employee is unable to arrange their own alternative transport; and

(iv)       the employer does not provide or arrange transport for the employee, at no cost to the employee.

(b)         The employer must reimburse the employee, as applicable, for any cost they reasonably incur in taking a commercial passenger vehicle:

(i)           from their usual place of residence to their place of work; or

(ii)         from their place of work to their usual place of residence.

(c)          Nothing in clause 17.7 prevents an employee from choosing to provide their own transport.

17.8               Motor vehicle allowance

If an employer requests an employee to use their own motor vehicle in performing their duties, then the employer must pay the employee an allowance for each kilometre travelled in performing their duties as follows:

[17.8(a) varied by PR762269 ppc 01Jul23]

(a)          $0.50 per kilometre if the employee is engaged primarily to deliver the employer’s products to customers using their own motor vehicle; or

[17.8(b) varied by PR762269 ppc 01Jul23]

(b)         $0.95 per kilometre in any other case.

17.9               Excess travelling costs

If an employer requires an employee to move from one branch or shop to another for a period of up to 3 weeks, then the employer must reimburse the employee any additional travel costs they incur in travelling to and from those branches and shops.

17.10           Moving expenses

(a)          Clause 17.10 applies if an employer transfers an employee from one township to another.

(b)         The employer must pay the total cost (including fares and other transport charges) of moving the employee and any members of the employee’s immediate family, as defined in clause 2Definitions, who reside in the employee’s household.

18.                 Accident pay

18.1               Clause 18 applies to an employee who is receiving weekly workers’ compensation payments for an injury suffered by the employee.

18.2               In clause 18:

(a)          accident pay means a weekly payment made by an employer to an employee of an amount that is equal to the difference between:

(i)           the weekly amount the employee is entitled to receive under the applicable workers’ compensation legislation; and

(ii)         the weekly rate of pay the employee would have received had they been performing their normal duties within their classification level including, for a casual employee, the casual loading specified in clause 11.2(b) but, in any case, not including any excluded payments.

(b)         excluded payments means any of the following:

(i)           over-award payments; or

(ii)         shift loadings; or

(iii)       overtime; or

(iv)       attendance bonus payments; or

(v)         special rates; or

(vi)       fares and travelling allowances; or

(vii)     other similar payments.

(c)          injury has the same meaning as in the applicable workers’ compensation legislation.

18.3               Entitlement to the payment

(a)          The employer must pay accident pay to the employee for up to 26 weeks if an employee suffers an injury and weekly payments of compensation are paid to the employee under the applicable workers’ compensation legislation

(b)         An employee is not entitled to accident pay in respect of:

(i)           an injury during the first 7 consecutive days (including non-working days) of incapacity; or

(ii)         any incapacity occurring during the first 2 weeks of employment unless the incapacity continues beyond the first 2 weeks.

(c)          An employee is not entitled to accident pay in respect of any period of paid annual leave or long service leave, or for any paid public holiday.

(d)         The entitlement of an employee to accident pay continues on termination of the employee’s employment where the termination is:

(i)           by the employer other than for reasons of the employee’s serious or wilful misconduct; or

(ii)         because of the employer’s bankruptcy or the liquidation of the employer’s business; in which case, the employee’s entitlement to accident pay will be referred to the Fair Work Commission for determination.

18.4               Calculation of the period

(a)          The 26-week period begins from the first day of incapacity for work, whether that day is the date of injury or a subsequent day.

(b)         If the employee is absent from work on more than one occasion because of the injury, the absences are to be treated as cumulative in working out the 26 week period.

18.5               Calculation of the amount

(a)          If accident pay is paid for a period of less than one week, then the amount is calculated on a pro-rata basis.

(b)         For a casual employee, the amount of accident pay is calculated using either:

(i)           the employee’s average weekly ordinary hours with the employer over the previous 12 months; or

(ii)         if the employee has been employed for less than 12 months by the employer, the employee’s average weekly ordinary hours over the period of employment with the employer.

18.6               Return to work

If an employee, who is entitled to accident pay, returns to work on reduced hours or modified duties, then the amount of accident pay to which the employee is entitled must be reduced by any amounts paid for performing that work.

18.7               Lump sum payments

If an employee receives a lump sum payment instead of weekly payments under the applicable workers’ compensation legislation in respect of the injury, then the employee’s entitlement to accident pay ends from the date of receipt of that payment.

18.8               Independent recovery of damages

If an employee recovers damages from the employer or a third party in respect of the injury independently of the applicable workers’ compensation legislation, then the employee:

(a)          is liable to repay to the employer the amount of accident pay that the employer has paid to the employee under clause 18; and

(b)         is not entitled to any further accident pay in respect of the injury.

19.                 Superannuation

[Varied by PR771227]

19.1               Superannuation legislation

[19.1 substituted by PR771227 ppc 09Apr24]

(a)          The NES and Superannuation legislation, including the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth), the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992 (Cth), the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) and the Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993 (Cth), deal with the superannuation rights and obligations of employers and employees.

(b)         The rights and obligations in clause 19 supplement those in superannuation legislation and the NES.

NOTE: Under superannuation legislation:

(a) Individual employees generally have the opportunity to choose their own superannuation fund.

(b) If a new employee does not choose a superannuation fund, the employer must ask the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) whether the employee is an existing member of a stapled superannuation fund and, if stapled fund details are provided by the ATO, make contributions to the stapled fund.

(c) If an employee does not choose a superannuation fund and does not have a stapled fund, the choice of superannuation fund requirements will be satisfied by contributions made to a superannuation fund nominated in the award covering the employee, provided the fund is able to accept contributions for the benefit of the employee.

(d) A fund may not be able to accept contributions for the benefit of an employee if the employee would be a new member of the fund’s MySuper product and the MySuper product is closed to new members because it has failed the performance tests of Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) for 2 consecutive years.

19.2               Employer contributions

An employer must make such superannuation contributions to a superannuation fund for the benefit of an employee as will avoid the employer being required to pay the superannuation guarantee charge under superannuation legislation with respect to that employee.

19.3               Voluntary employee contributions

(a)          Subject to the governing rules of the relevant superannuation fund, an employee may, in writing, authorise their employer to pay on behalf of the employee a specified amount from the post-taxation wages of the employee into the same superannuation fund as the employer makes the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 19.2.

(b)         An employee may adjust the amount the employee has authorised their employer to pay from the wages of the employee from the first of the month following the giving of three months’ written notice to their employer.

(c)          The employer must pay the amount authorised under clauses 19.3(a) or 19.3(b) no later than 28 days after the end of the month in which the deduction authorised under clauses 19.3(a) or 19.3(b) was made.

19.4               Superannuation fund

[19.4 varied by PR771227 ppc 09Apr24]

Unless, to comply with superannuation legislation, the employer is required to make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 19.2 to another superannuation fund, the employer must make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 19.2 and pay any amount authorised under clauses 19.3(a) or 19.3(b) to one of the following superannuation funds or its successor, provided that, in respect of new employees, the fund is able to accept new beneficiaries:

(a)          Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST);

(b)         Sunsuper;

(c)          Hostplus;

(d)         any superannuation fund to which the employer was making superannuation contributions for the benefit of its employees before 12 September 2008, provided the superannuation fund is an eligible choice fund and is a fund that offers a MySuper product or is an exempt public sector superannuation scheme; or

(e)          a superannuation fund or scheme which the employee is a defined benefit member of.

19.5               Absence from work

Subject to the governing rules of the relevant superannuation fund, the employer must also make the superannuation contributions provided for in clause 19.2 and pay the amount authorised under clauses 19.3(a) or 19.3(b):

(a)          Paid leave—while the employee is on any paid leave.

(b)         Work-related injury or illness—For the period of absence from work (subject to a maximum of 52 weeks) of the employee due to work-related injury or work-related illness provided that:

(i)           the employee is receiving workers compensation payments or is receiving regular payments directly from the employer in accordance with statutory requirements; and

(ii)         the employee remains employed by the employer.

Part 5—Overtime and Penalty Rates

20.                 Overtime

[Varied by PR763196]

20.1               Reasonable overtime

(a)          Subject to section 62 of the Act and clause 20.1, an employer may require an employee to work reasonable overtime hours at overtime rates.

(b)         An employee may refuse to work overtime hours if the hours are unreasonable.

(c)          In determining whether overtime hours are reasonable or unreasonable for the purpose of clause 20.1 the following must be taken into account:

(i)           any risk to employee health and safety from working the additional hours;

(ii)         the employee's personal circumstances, including family responsibilities;

(iii)       the needs of the workplace or enterprise in which the employee is employed;

(iv)       whether the employee is entitled to receive overtime payments, penalty rates or other compensation for, or a level of remuneration that reflects an expectation of, working additional hours;

(v)         any notice given by the employer of any request or requirement to work the additional hours;

(vi)       any notice given by the employee of his or her intention to refuse to work the additional hours;

(vii)     the usual patterns of work in the industry, or the part of an industry, in which the employee works;

(viii)   the nature of the employee's role, and the employee's level of responsibility;

(ix)       whether the additional hours are in accordance with averaging terms of clause 13Ordinary hours of work and rostering, inserted pursuant to section 63 of the Act, that applies to the employee; and

(x)         any other relevant matter.

20.2               Payment of overtime for full-time employees

An employer must pay a full-time employee at the overtime rate in clause 20.6 for any hours worked:

(a)          in excess of:

(i)           38 ordinary hours per week or an average of 38 ordinary hours per week averaged over a 4 week period; or

(ii)         5 days in one week (or 6 days in one week if, in the following week, ordinary hours are worked on not more than 4 days); or

(iii)       11 ordinary hours on any one day; or

(b)         before the employee’s rostered start time on any one day, or

(c)          after the employee’s rostered finish time on any one day; or

(d)         outside the ordinary hours of work.

20.3               Payment of overtime for part-time employees

An employer must pay a part-time employee at the overtime rate in clause 20.6 for any hours worked as follows:

(a)          in excess of:

(i)           38 ordinary hours per week or an average of 38 ordinary hours per week averaged over a 4 week period; or

(ii)         5 days in one week (or 6 days in one week if, in the following week, ordinary hours are worked on not more than 4 days); or

(iii)       11 ordinary hours on any one day; or

(iv)       the agreed hours in clause 10.3; or

(v)         the agreed hours as varied under clauses 10.5 or 10.7; or

(vi)       their regular pattern of work in circumstances where there is no written record of an agreed variation to a particular rostered shift; or

(b)         before the employee’s rostered start time on any one day, or

(c)          after the employee’s rostered finish time, on any one day; or

(d)         outside the ordinary hours of work.

20.4               Payment of overtime for casual employees

An employer must pay a casual employee at the overtime rate in clause 20.6 for any hours worked in excess of:

(a)          38 ordinary hours per week or, where the employee works in accordance with a roster, in excess of 38 ordinary hours per week averaged over the course of the roster cycle; or

(b)         11 ordinary hours on any one day.

20.5               Minimum payment on a Sunday

If an employee works overtime on a Sunday and the overtime is not immediately before or after ordinary hours, then the employer must pay the employee at the overtime rate in clause 20.6 for a minimum of 4 hours, even if the employee is required to work for a shorter time.

NOTE: This entitlement does not apply if the overtime is worked immediately before, or immediately after, ordinary hours.

20.6               Overtime rates

(a)          An employer must pay an employee for overtime worked as set out in clauses 20.2, 20.3 and 20.4 at the following rates:

Table 5—Overtime rates

For overtime worked:

Full-time and part-time employees

Casual employees

 

% of minimum hourly rate

% of minimum hourly rate

Monday to Saturday—first 2 hours

150

175

Monday to Saturday—after 2 hours

200

225

Sunday—all overtime hours

200

225

Public holiday—all overtime hours

250

275

NOTE 1: The overtime rates for casual employees have been calculated by adding the casual loading specified in clause 11.2(b) to the overtime rates for full-time and part-time employees specified in Table 5—Overtime rates.

NOTE 2: Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay sets out the hourly overtime rate for all employee classifications.

(b)         The overtime rates prescribed in clause 20.6(a) for overtime work on Monday to Saturday are to be calculated on the basis that each day’s work stands alone.

20.7               Time off instead of payment for overtime

(a)          An employee and employer may agree to the employee taking time off instead of being paid for a particular amount of overtime that has been worked by the employee.

(b)         The period of time off that an employee is entitled to take is equivalent to the overtime payment that would have been made.

EXAMPLE: By making an agreement under clause 20.7 an employee who worked 2 overtime hours at 150% of the minimum hourly rate is entitled to 3 hours’ time off.

(c)          Time off must be taken:

(i)           within the period of 6 months after the overtime is worked; and

(ii)         at a time or times within that period of 6 months agreed by the employee and employer.

(d)         If the employee requests at any time, to be paid for overtime covered by an agreement under clause 20.7 but not taken as time off, the employer must pay the employee for the overtime, in the next pay period following the request, at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

(e)          If time off for overtime that has been worked is not taken within the period of 6 months mentioned in clause 20.7(c), the employer must pay the employee for the overtime, in the next pay period following those 6 months, at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

(f)           An employer must not exert undue influence or undue pressure on an employee in relation to a decision by the employee to make, or not make, an agreement to take time off instead of payment for overtime.

(g)          An employee may, under section 65 of the Act, request to take time off, at a time or times specified in the request or to be subsequently agreed by the employer and the employee, instead of being paid for overtime worked by the employee. If the employer agrees to the request, then clause 20.7 will apply to the overtime.

[Note substituted by PR763196 ppc 01Aug23]

NOTE: If an employee makes a request under section 65 of the Act for a change in working arrangements, the employer may only refuse that request on reasonable business grounds (see section 65A(3) of the Act).

(h)         If, on the termination of the employee’s employment, time off for overtime worked by the employee to which clause 20.7 applies has not been taken, the employer must pay the employee for the overtime at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked.

NOTE: Under section 345(1) of the Act, a person must not knowingly or recklessly make a false or misleading representation about the workplace rights of another person under clause 20.7.

21.                 Penalty rates

An employer must pay penalty rates to an employee who works ordinary hours as follows:

Table 6—Penalty rates

For ordinary hours worked:

Full-time and part-time employees

Casual employees

 

% of minimum hourly rate

% of minimum hourly rate

Monday to Friday—between 10.00 pm and midnight

110

135

Monday to Friday—between midnight and 6.00 am

115

140

Saturday—any time of day

125

150

Sunday (Level 1 employees)—any time of day

125

150

Sunday (Level 2 and 3 employees)—any time of day

150

175

Public holiday—any time of day

225

250

NOTE 1: The penalty rates for casual employees have been calculated by adding the casual loading specified in clause 11.2(b) to the penalty rates for full-time and part-time employees specified in Table 6—Penalty rates.

NOTE 2: Schedule A—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay sets out the hourly penalty rate for all employee classifications.

Part 6—Leave and Public Holidays

22.                 Annual leave

NOTE: Where an employee is receiving over-award payments resulting in the employee’s base rate of pay being higher than the rate specified under this award, the employee is entitled to receive the higher rate while on a period of paid annual leave (see sections 16 and 90 of the Act).

22.1               Annual leave is provided for in the NES. See sections 86 to 93 of the Act. It does not apply to casual employees.

22.2               Annual leave loading

(a)          In clause 22.2 a relevant weekend penalty amount is an applicable penalty rate prescribed by clause 21Penalty rates for working on weekends, less the minimum hourly rate.

(b)         During a period of accrued annual leave an employee will receive a loading calculated for the period of leave on the employee’s minimum hourly rate specified in clause 15Minimum rates.

(c)          The loading for a period of annual leave will be the greater of the following 2 amounts:

(i)           17.5% of the employee’s minimum hourly rate for all ordinary hours the employee would have worked if they were not on leave during the period; or

(ii)         the relevant weekend penalty amounts payable to the employee for all ordinary hours they would have worked on a weekend if they were not on leave during the period.

NOTE: Section 90(2) of the Act contains provisions relating to an employee’s entitlement to payment for any untaken paid annual leave when employment ends.

22.3               Annual leave in advance

(a)          An employer and employee may agree in writing to the employee taking a period of paid annual leave before the employee has accrued an entitlement to the leave.

(b)         An agreement must:

(i)           state the amount of leave to be taken in advance and the date on which leave is to commence; and

(ii)         be signed by the employer and employee and, if the employee is under 18 years of age, by the employee’s parent or guardian.

NOTE: An example of the type of agreement required by clause 22.3 is set out at Schedule D—Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule D—Agreement to Take Annual Leave in Advance.

(c)          The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 22.3 as an employee record.

(d)         If, on the termination of the employee’s employment, the employee has not accrued an entitlement to all of a period of paid annual leave already taken in accordance with an agreement under clause 22.3, the employer may deduct from any money due to the employee on termination an amount equal to the amount that was paid to the employee in respect of any part of the period of annual leave taken in advance to which an entitlement has not been accrued.

22.4               Cashing out of annual leave

(a)          Paid annual leave must not be cashed out except in accordance with an agreement under clause 22.4(c).

(b)         Each cashing out of a particular amount of paid annual leave must be the subject of a separate agreement under clause 22.4(c).

(c)          An employer and an employee may agree in writing to the cashing out of a particular amount of accrued paid annual leave by the employee.

(d)         An agreement under clause 22.4(c) must state:

(i)           the amount of leave to be cashed out and the payment to be made to the employee for it; and

(ii)         the date on which the payment is to be made.

(e)          An agreement under clause 22.4(c) must be signed by the employer and employee and, if the employee is under 18 years of age, by the employee’s parent or guardian.

(f)           The payment must not be less than the amount that would have been payable had the employee taken the leave at the time the payment is made. See clause 22.2.

(g)          An agreement must not result in the employee’s remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being less than 4 weeks.

(h)         The maximum amount of accrued paid annual leave that may be cashed out in any period of 12 months is 2 weeks.

(i)            The employer must keep a copy of any agreement under clause 22.4(c) as an employee record.

NOTE 1: Under section 344 of the Act, an employer must not exert undue influence or undue pressure on an employee to make, or not make, an agreement under clause 22.4(c).

NOTE 2: Under section 345(1) of the Act, a person must not knowingly or recklessly make a false or misleading representation about the workplace rights of another person under clause 22.4.

NOTE 3: An example of the type of agreement required by clause 22.4(c) is set out at Schedule E—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave. There is no requirement to use the form of agreement set out at Schedule E—Agreement to Cash Out Annual Leave.

22.5               Excessive leave accruals: general provision

NOTE: Clauses 22.5 to 22.7 contain provisions, additional to the NES, about the taking of paid annual leave as a way of dealing with the accrual of excessive paid annual leave. See sections 86 to 93 of the Act.

(a)          An employee has an excessive leave accrual if the employee has accrued more than 8 weeks’ paid annual leave.

(b)         If an employee has an excessive leave accrual, the employer or the employee may seek to confer with the other and genuinely try to reach agreement on how to reduce or eliminate the excessive leave accrual.

(c)          Clause 22.6 sets out how an employer may direct an employee who has an excessive leave accrual to take paid annual leave.

(d)         Clause 22.7 sets out how an employee who has an excessive leave accrual may require an employer to grant paid annual leave requested by the employee.

22.6               Excessive leave accruals: direction by employer that leave be taken

(a)          If an employer has genuinely tried to reach agreement with an employee under clause 22.5(b) but agreement is not reached (including because the employee refuses to confer), the employer may direct the employee in writing to take one or more periods of paid annual leave.

(b)         However, a direction by the employer under clause 22.6(a):

(i)           is of no effect if it would result at any time in the employee’s remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being less than 6 weeks when any other paid annual leave arrangements (whether made under clause 22.5, 22.6 or 22.7 or otherwise agreed by the employer and employee) are taken into account; and

(ii)         must not require the employee to take any period of paid annual leave of less than one week; and

(iii)       must not require the employee to take a period of paid annual leave beginning less than 8 weeks, or more than 12 months, after the direction is given; and

(iv)       must not be inconsistent with any leave arrangement agreed by the employer and employee.

(c)          The employee must take paid annual leave in accordance with a direction under clause 22.6(a) that is in effect.

(d)         An employee to whom a direction has been given under clause 22.6(a) may request to take a period of paid annual leave as if the direction had not been given.

NOTE 1: Paid annual leave arising from a request mentioned in clause 22.6(d) may result in the direction ceasing to have effect. See clause 22.6(b)(i).

NOTE 2: Under section 88(2) of the Act, the employer must not unreasonably refuse to agree to a request by the employee to take paid annual leave.

22.7               Excessive leave accruals: request by employee for leave

(a)          If an employee has genuinely tried to reach agreement with an employer under clause 22.5(b) but agreement is not reached (including because the employer refuses to confer), the employee may give a written notice to the employer requesting to take one or more periods of paid annual leave.

(b)         However, an employee may only give a notice to the employer under clause 22.7(a) if:

(i)           the employee has had an excessive leave accrual for more than 6 months at the time of giving the notice; and

(ii)         the employee has not been given a direction under clause 22.6(a) that, when any other paid annual leave arrangements (whether made under clause 22.5, 22.6 or 22.7 or otherwise agreed by the employer and employee) are taken into account, would eliminate the employee’s excessive leave accrual.

(c)          A notice given by an employee under clause 22.7(b) must not:

(i)           if granted, result in the employee’s remaining accrued entitlement to paid annual leave being at any time less than 6 weeks when any other paid annual leave arrangements (whether made under clause 22.5, 22.6 or 22.7 or otherwise agreed by the employer and employee) are taken into account; or

(ii)         provide for the employee to take any period of paid annual leave of less than one week; or

(iii)       provide for the employee to take a period of paid annual leave beginning less than 8 weeks, or more than 12 months, after the notice is given; or

(iv)       be inconsistent with any leave arrangement agreed by the employer and employee.

(d)         An employee is not entitled to request by a notice under clause 22.7(a) more than 4 weeks’ paid annual leave in any period of 12 months.

(e)          The employer must grant paid annual leave requested by a notice under clause 22.7(a).

23.                 Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave

23.1               Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave are provided for in the NES.

23.2               Casual employees

(a)          Subject to clause 23.2(b), casual employees are entitled to be absent from work, whether by making themselves unavailable for work or by leaving work, to care for a person who requires care because of:

(i)           illness or an injury; or

(ii)         an emergency.

(b)         A casual employee may only be absent from work under clause 23.2 for a period of up to 48 hours.

(c)          With the agreement of the employer, a casual employee may be absent from work for a purpose mentioned in clause 23.2 for longer than 48 hours.

(d)         A casual employee is not entitled to be paid for time away from work for a purpose mentioned in clause 23.2.

(e)          An employer must not fail to re-engage a casual employee because the employee has accessed the entitlement under clause 23.2.

24.                 Parental leave and related entitlements

[24 varied by PR763196 ppc 01Aug23]

Parental leave and related entitlements are provided for in the NES.

NOTE: Disputes about requests for extensions to unpaid parental leave may be dealt with under clause 30Dispute resolution and/or under section 76B of the Act.

25.                 Community service leave

Community service leave is provided for in the NES.

26.                 Family and domestic violence leave

[26—Unpaid family and domestic violence leave renamed and substituted by PR750466 ppc 15Mar23]

Family and domestic violence leave is provided for in the NES.

NOTE 1: Information provided to employers concerning an employee’s experience of family and domestic violence is sensitive and if mishandled can have adverse consequences for the employee. Employers are subject to confidentiality requirements regarding the handling of this information under section 106C of the Act and requirements as to what can be reported on payslips pursuant to regulations 3.47 and 3.48 of the Fair Work Regulations.

NOTE 2: Depending upon the circumstances, evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person of the employee’s need to take family and domestic violence leave may include a document issued by the police service, a court or family violence support service, or a statutory declaration.

27.                 Public holidays

[Varied by PR747324]

27.1               Public holiday entitlements are provided for in the NES.

27.2               Substitution of public holidays by agreement

(a)          An employer and employee may agree to substitute another day for a day that would otherwise be a public holiday under the NES.

(b)         An employer and employee may agree to substitute another part-day for a part-day that would otherwise be a part-day public holiday under the NES.

27.3               Payment for work on public holiday or substitute day

(a)          An employer must pay an employee who works on a public holiday, or on a day that is substituted for a public holiday, at the public holiday penalty rate set out in clauses 20Overtime and 21Penalty rates.

(b)         An employer must pay an employee who works on a part-day public holiday, or on a day that is substituted for a part-day public holiday, at the public holiday penalty rate set out in clauses 20Overtime and 21Penalty rates.

(c)          If an employee works on both a public holiday and on a day that is substituted for the public holiday, the public holiday penalty rate is applicable to only one of those days. The employee may choose which day is to be paid at the public holiday penalty rate.

(d)         If an employee works on both a part-day public holiday and on a part-day that is substituted for the part-day public holiday, the public holiday penalty rate is applicable to only one of those days. The employee may choose which part-day is to be paid at the public holiday penalty rate.

[Note deleted by PR747324 ppc 14Nov22]

Part 7—Consultation and Dispute Resolution

28.                 Consultation about major workplace change

28.1               If an employer makes a definite decision to make major changes in production, program, organisation, structure or technology that are likely to have significant effects on employees, the employer must:

(a)          give notice of the changes to all employees who may be affected by them and their representatives (if any); and

(b)         discuss with affected employees and their representatives (if any):

(i)           the introduction of the changes; and

(ii)         their likely effect on employees; and

(iii)       measures to avoid or reduce the adverse effects of the changes on employees; and

(c)          commence discussions as soon as practicable after a definite decision has been made.

28.2               For the purposes of the discussion under clause 28.1(b), the employer must give in writing to the affected employees and their representatives (if any) all relevant information about the changes including:

(a)          their nature; and

(b)         their expected effect on employees; and

(c)          any other matters likely to affect employees.

28.3               Clause 28.2 does not require an employer to disclose any confidential information if its disclosure would be contrary to the employer’s interests.

28.4               The employer must promptly consider any matters raised by the employees or their representatives about the changes in the course of the discussion under clause 28.1(b).

28.5               In clause 28 significant effects, on employees, includes any of the following:

(a)          termination of employment; or

(b)         major changes in the composition, operation or size of the employer’s workforce or in the skills required; or

(c)          loss of, or reduction in, job or promotion opportunities; or

(d)         loss of, or reduction in, job tenure; or

(e)          alteration of hours of work; or

(f)           the need for employees to be retrained or transferred to other work or locations; or

(g)          job restructuring.

28.6               Where this award makes provision for alteration of any of the matters defined at clause 28.5, such alteration is taken not to have significant effect.

29.                 Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work

29.1               Clause 29 applies if an employer proposes to change the regular roster or ordinary hours of work of an employee, other than an employee whose working hours are irregular, sporadic or unpredictable.

29.2               The employer must consult with any employees affected by the proposed change and their representatives (if any).

29.3               For the purpose of the consultation, the employer must:

(a)          provide to the employees and representatives mentioned in clause 29.2 information about the proposed change (for example, information about the nature of the change and when it is to begin); and

(b)         invite the employees to give their views about the impact of the proposed change on them (including any impact on their family or caring responsibilities) and also invite their representative (if any) to give their views about that impact.

29.4               The employer must consider any views given under clause 29.3(b).

29.5               Clause 29 is to be read in conjunction with any other provisions of this award concerning the scheduling of work or the giving of notice.

30.                 Dispute resolution

[Varied by PR763196]

30.1               Clause 30 sets out the procedures to be followed if a dispute arises about a matter under this award or in relation to the NES.

30.2               The parties to the dispute must first try to resolve the dispute at the workplace through discussion between the employee or employees concerned and the relevant supervisor.

30.3               If the dispute is not resolved through discussion as mentioned in clause 30.2, the parties to the dispute must then try to resolve it in a timely manner at the workplace through discussion between the employee or employees concerned and more senior levels of management, as appropriate.

30.4               If the dispute is unable to be resolved at the workplace and all appropriate steps have been taken under clauses 30.2 and 30.3, a party to the dispute may refer it to the Fair Work Commission.

30.5               The parties may agree on the process to be followed by the Fair Work Commission in dealing with the dispute, including mediation, conciliation and consent arbitration.

30.6               If the dispute remains unresolved, the Fair Work Commission may use any method of dispute resolution that it is permitted by the Act to use and that it considers appropriate for resolving the dispute.

30.7               A party to the dispute may appoint a person, organisation or association to support and/or represent them in any discussion or process under clause 30.

30.8               While procedures are being followed under clause 30 in relation to a dispute:

(a)          work must continue in accordance with this award and the Act; and

(b)         an employee must not unreasonably fail to comply with any direction given by the employer about performing work, whether at the same or another workplace, that is safe and appropriate for the employee to perform.

30.9               Clause 30.8 is subject to any applicable work health and safety legislation.

[Note 1 inserted by PR763196 ppc 01Aug23]

NOTE 1: In addition to clause 30, a dispute resolution procedure for disputes regarding the NES entitlement to request flexible working arrangements is contained in section 65B of the Act.

[Note 2 inserted by PR763196 ppc 01Aug23]

NOTE 2: In addition to clause 30, a dispute resolution procedure for disputes regarding the NES entitlement to request an extension to unpaid parental leave is contained in section 76B of the Act.

Part 8—Termination of Employment and Redundancy

31.                 Termination of employment

NOTE: The NES sets out requirements for notice of termination by an employer. See sections 117 and 123 of the Act.

31.1               Notice of termination by an employee

(a)          Clause 31.1 applies to all employees except those identified in sections 123(1) and 123(3) of the Act.

(b)         An employee must give the employer notice of termination in accordance with Table 7—Period of notice of at least the period specified in column 2 according to the period of continuous service of the employee specified in column 1.

Table 7—Period of notice

Column 1

Employee’s period of continuous service with the employer at the end of the day the notice is given

Column 2

Period of notice

Not more than 1 year

1 week

More than 1 year but not more than 3 years

2 weeks

More than 3 years but not more than 5 years

3 weeks

More than 5 years

4 weeks

NOTE: The notice of termination required to be given by an employee is the same as that required of an employer, except that the employee does not have to give additional notice based on the age of the employee if the employee is over 45 years and has completed at least 2 years’ continuous service.

(c)          In clause 31.1(b) continuous service has the same meaning as in section 117 of the Act.

(d)         If an employee who is at least 18 years old does not give the period of notice required under clause 31.1(b), then the employer may deduct from wages due to the employee under this award an amount that is no more than one week’s wages for the employee.

(e)          If the employer has agreed to a shorter period of notice than that required under clause 31.1(b), then no deduction can be made under clause 31.1(d).

(f)           Any deduction made under clause 31.1(d) must not be unreasonable in the circumstances.

31.2               Job search entitlement

(a)          Where an employer has given notice of termination to an employee, the employee must be allowed time off without loss of pay of up to one day for the purpose of seeking other employment.

(b)         The time off under clause 31.2 is to be taken at times that are convenient to the employee after consultation with the employer.

32.                 Redundancy

NOTE: Redundancy pay is provided for in the NES. See sections 119 to 123 of the Act.

32.1               Transfer to lower paid duties on redundancy

(a)          Clause 32.1 applies if, because of redundancy, an employee is transferred to new duties to which a lower ordinary rate of pay applies.

(b)         The employer may:

(i)           give the employee notice of the transfer of at least the same length as the employee would be entitled to under section 117 of the Act as if it were a notice of termination given by the employer; or

(ii)         transfer the employee to the new duties without giving notice of transfer or before the expiry of a notice of transfer, provided that the employer pays the employee as set out in clause 32.1(c).

(c)          If the employer acts as mentioned in clause 32.1(b)(ii), the employee is entitled to a payment of an amount equal to the difference between the ordinary rate of pay of the employee (inclusive of all-purpose allowances, shift rates and penalty rates applicable to ordinary hours) for the hours of work the employee would have worked in the first role, and the ordinary rate of pay (also inclusive of all-purpose allowances, shift rates and penalty rates applicable to ordinary hours) of the employee in the second role for the period for which notice was not given.

32.2               Employee leaving during redundancy notice period

(a)          An employee given notice of termination in circumstances of redundancy may terminate their employment during the minimum period of notice prescribed by section 117(3) of the Act.

(b)         The employee is entitled to receive the benefits and payments they would have received under clause 32 or under sections 119 to 123 of the Act had they remained in employment until the expiry of the notice.

(c)          However, the employee is not entitled to be paid for any part of the period of notice remaining after the employee ceased to be employed.

32.3               Job search entitlement

(a)          Where an employer has given notice of termination to an employee in circumstances of redundancy, the employee must be allowed time off without loss of pay of up to one day each week of the minimum period of notice prescribed by section 117(3) of the Act for the purpose of seeking other employment.

(b)         If an employee is allowed time off without loss of pay of more than one day under clause 32.3(a), the employee must, at the request of the employer, produce proof of attendance at an interview.

(c)          A statutory declaration is sufficient for the purpose of clause 32.3(b).

(d)         An employee who fails to produce proof when required under clause 32.3(b) is not entitled to be paid for the time off.

(e)          This entitlement applies instead of clause 31.2.


 

Schedule ASummary of Hourly Rates of Pay

[Varied by PR762110]

See also Part 4—Wages and Allowances and Part 5—Overtime and Penalty Rates.

A.1               Full-time and part-time adult employees

A.1.1           Full-time and part-time adult employees—ordinary and penalty rates

[A.1.1 varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

 

Ordinary hours

Evening work – Monday to Friday – between 10.00 pm and midnight

Evening work – Monday to Friday– after midnight and before 6.00 am

Saturday

Sunday – level 1

Sunday – levels 2 and 3

Public holiday

 

% of minimum hourly rate

 

100%

110%

115%

125%

125%

150%

225%

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

Fast food employee level 1

24.73

27.20

28.44

30.91

30.91

55.64

Fast food employee level 2

26.18

28.80

30.11

32.73

39.27

58.91

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of one or no person

26.59

29.25

30.58

33.24

39.89

59.83

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of 2 or more people

26.91

29.60

30.95

33.64

40.37

60.55

A.1.2           Full-time and part- time adult employees—overtime rates

[A.1.2 varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

 

Monday to Saturday – first 2 hours

Monday to Saturday – after 2 hours

Sunday – all hours

Public holiday – all hours

% of minimum hourly rate

 

150%

200%

200%

250%

 

$

$

$

$

Fast food employee level 1

37.10

49.46

49.46

61.83

Fast food employee level 2

39.27

52.36

52.36

65.45

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of one or no person

39.89

53.18

53.18

66.48

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of 2 or more people

40.37

53.82

53.82

67.28

A.2               Casual adult employees

A.2.1           Casual adult employees—ordinary and penalty rates

[A.2.1 varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

 

Ordinary hours

Evening work – Monday to Friday – between 10.00 pm and midnight

Evening work – Monday to Friday – after midnight and before 6.00 am

Saturday

Sunday – level 1

Sunday – levels 2 and 3

Public holiday

 

% of minimum hourly rate

 

125%

135%

140%

150%

150%

175%

250%

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

Fast food employee level 1

30.91

33.39

34.62

37.10

37.10

61.83

Fast food employee level 2

32.73

35.34

36.65

39.27

45.82

65.45

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of one or no person

33.24

35.90

37.23

39.89

46.53

66.48

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of 2 or more people

33.64

36.33

37.67

40.37

47.09

67.28

A.2.2           Casual adult employees—overtime rates

[A.2.2 varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

 

Monday to Saturday – first 2 hours

Monday to Saturday – after 2 hours

Sunday – all hours

Public holiday – all hours

% of minimum hourly rate

 

175%

225%

225%

275%

 

$

$

$

$

Fast food employee level 1

43.28

55.64

55.64

68.01

Fast food employee level 2

45.82

58.91

58.91

72.00

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of one or no person

46.53

59.83

59.83

73.12

Fast food employee level 3—in charge of 2 or more people

47.09

60.55

60.55

74.00

A.3               Junior rates

A.3.1           The junior hourly rate is based on a percentage of the appropriate adult rate, as set out in clause 15Minimum rates. Adult rates apply from 21 years of age. See clause 2Definitions.

A.3.2           Full-time and part-time junior employees—ordinary and penalty rates

[A.3.2 varied by PR762110 ppc 01Jul23]

Age

Ordinary hours

Evening work – Monday to Friday – between 10.00 pm and midnight

Evening work – Monday to Friday – after midnight and before 6.00 am

Saturday

Sunday – level 1

Sunday – levels 2 and 3

Public holiday

 

% of junior hourly rate

 

100%

110%

115%

125%

125%

150%

225%

 

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

Fast Food Level 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 16 years

9.89

10.88

11.37

12.36

12.36

22.25

16 years

12.36

13.60

14.21

15.45

15.45

27.81

17 years

14.84

16.32

17.07

18.55

18.55

33.39

18 years

17.31

19.04

19.91

21.64

21.64

38.95

19 years

19.78

21.76

22.75

24.73

24.73

44.51

20 years

22.25

24.48

25.59

27.81

27.81

50.06

Fast Food Level 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 16 years

10.47

11.52

12.04

13.09

15.71

23.56

16 years

13.09

14.40

15.05

16.36

19.64

29.45

17 years

15.71

17.28

18.07

19.64

23.57

35.35

18 years

18.33

20.16

21.08

22.91

27.50

41.24

19 years

20.95

23.05

24.09

26.19

31.43

47.14

20 years

23.57

25.93

27.11

29.46

35.36

53.03

Fast food level 3—in charge of one or no person

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 16 years

10.63

11.69

12.22

13.29

15.95

23.92

16 years

13.29

14.62

15.28

16.61

19.94

29.90

17 years

15.95

17.55

18.34

19.94

23.93

35.89

18 years

18.61

20.47

21.40

23.26

27.92

41.87

19 years

21.27

23.40

24.46

26.59

31.91

47.86

20 years

23.93

26.32

27.52

29.91

35.90

53.84

Fast food level 3—in charge of 2 or more people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 16 years

10.77

11.85

12.39

13.46