You must be paid for the work that you do - for all the hours you work, and at the right rate. If you get paid above a certain amount, your employer must pay super on your behalf and withhold tax. All of this must be shown on your pay slip. 

Check this checklist. Your pay slip must show: 

  • Your name
  • Your employer’s name and ABN
  • Date of payment
  • The hours you worked in the pay period
  • Your classification and employment type (e.g. Level 2.1 casual)
  • Your hourly rate of pay
  • Your total rate of pay (before and after tax)
  • Penalties, bonuses, allowances, deduction and reimbursements 
  • Superannuation contributions your employer makes on your behalf (and the fund paid into)
  • Tax your employer withholds on your behalf (called PAYG)
  • How much leave you may have accrued

You must get a pay slip within a day of being paid. Your pay slip can be electronic or a paper copy. Even if you are being paid in cash, you must receive a pay slip.

If you are not receiving a pay slip, talk to your employer. Without a pay slip, you may not be able to prove your hours and check whether you have been paid properly. It may also be very difficult in future to prove who your employer is and the hours you worked.

If you are getting paid 'cash-in-hand' and are not being given a pay slip - watch out! Getting paid cash in hand with no pay slip can be a sign of wage theft. Check out our fact sheet here for more information.

Your pay slip is how you can check you are being paid right. If something doesn't add up, get some advice. Getting paid right is your right! 

What do I do if I think I am not being paid properly? 

If you think you are not being paid properly, get in touch with us. We can give you advice about what you are entitled to, and help you decide what to do. We can also direct you to other people who can help.  

To find out more about how to join your union, visit http://www.unionsact.org.au/joinyourunion/ or have a look at our fact sheet here.

Authorised M Harrison for UnionsACT, 11 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601.

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