Site under re-construction.
New workplace laws come into effect on July 1st 2009. This site will be
updated shortly to reflect the new Fair Work laws.
working week in Australia
is 38 hours per week (7.6 hours per day), usually worked Monday to
Work beyond that amount is overtime and attracts a premium (see Overtime).
In many workplaces,
work is arranged
over a four week, twenty work day cycle of 8 hours per day, with the
0.4 hours per day being taken on the twentieth day as an Accumulated or
Rostered Day Off.
All time worked beyond
per week is overtime. In most cases it attracts a premium of 1.5 times
the ordinary rate of pay for the first three hours (2 hours in some
and double time thereafter. Most awards require that employees be
to work "reasonable overtime" if the employer wishes.
In mid-2002 the
Relations Commission introduced a right for an employee to refuse to do
overtime that would "result in the employee working unreasonable
Each case would have
to be decided
individually, taking into account
- "any risk to
employee health and safety"
including any family responsibilities"
- "the needs of
workplace or enterprise"
- "the notice
any) given by the employer
of the overtime and by the employee of his or her intention to refuse
Wage Orders do not set any higher pay rate for work beyond beyond
38 hours per week.
In many industries
work on Saturday
or Sunday will attract a premium on the ordinary hourly rate. Sunday
is usually paid at double the ordinary rate. However some workplace
have averaged out the weekday/weekend difference in rates.
In some industries
when working on
the weekend the employee is entitled to extra paid work breaks.
Wage Orders are silent regarding weekend work, ie the same rates
MEAL AND REST
In almost all cases an
cannot be required to work for more than five hours without an interval
of at least half an hour for a meal. Many awards also provide for
breaks during work, eg morning tea or during overtime.
Where work is done in
or overnight, a premium is usually added to the ordinary hourly pay
The following table sets out some common provisions:
at or after 9pm and at or before 11pm Monday - Friday
after 11pm and at or before 7am Monday - Friday
after 12.30pm and at or before 2pm Monday - Friday
after 7.30pm and at or before 9pm Monday - Friday