Factsheets: Pay

As an employee you have the right to be paid for the work you do. Browse our factsheets listed below to find answers to all your questions about pay. If you have a question that you can’t find an answer to here please get in contact with us.

Tax and Superannuation

Most workers have to pay tax on the wages they earn. The amount of tax you pay depends on how much you earn and if you have any deductions or tax offsets. Your employer will deduct tax from your pay and send it to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on your behalf. If you are…



Overtime is any work you do outside of your ordinary hours of employment. When this applies and how much you will get paid will depend on your award or agreement. Some awards and agreements allow you to take time off instead of being paid overtime. This is sometimes called ‘time off in lieu’ or ‘TOIL’….


Payslips and Record Keeping

Payslips and accurate record keeping are essential to protecting workers from wage theft. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Section 536) and the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Reg 3.46) detail the rules around payslips and record keeping. This includes: Keeping a record of hours worked and wages paid Issuing payslips to each employee Recording any leave taken and the…


Deductions and Overpayment

Money that is taken out of your pay by your employer before you receive it is known as a deduction. Deductions are only legal if: Both you and your employer agree in writing The Fair Work Commission or a court has ordered the deduction The award that covers your workplace specifically allows for them The…


Your Rights Working in Heat

Every employer or Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a duty of care to “ensure the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace.” This includes ensuring that workers are not exposed to hazardous temperatures. Between 2005 and 2014, 13 workers died in Australia from being exposed to ‘environmental heat’…


Unpaid Work

All employees are entitled to pay and conditions under the Fair Work Act. In most cases, it is illegal to ask employees to do unpaid work. But there are some circumstances where unpaid work is allowed under the law. This includes: A vocational placement as part of an education or training course Undertaking work placements…



Underpayment means being paid less than what you are entitled to. Depending on where you work, this can mean being paid less than you are entitled to under the relevant award or agreement, or less than the national minimum wage. Not paying entitlements such as superannuation or penalty rates is also a form of underpayment. What to do if…


Penalty Rates and Allowances

Penalty rates and allowances are extra payments made on top of your regular wage. They are intended to make sure that you are being compensated for working at inconvenient times or under dangerous or unpleasant conditions. There are many different reasons why you might be entitled to be paid either penalty rates, allowances, or both….


What is the minimum wage in Australia

Check the Minimum Wage in Australia – plus hourly wages & award rates. Should you get paid more? Find out with Australian Unions.