Penalty rates are an additional amount of money paid when you work at particular times, such as weekends. 

Workers in  Retail, Hospitality, Fast Food and Pharmacy will have their Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates cut on 1 July 2019 following a decision of the Fair Work Commission in 2017 to bring Sunday penalties down to the level of Saturday penalties. 

These penalty rates apply for ordinary hours - different rates may apply for overtime. Check your Award for more details. 

These rates are expressed as a percentage of your hourly rate so 250% means 150% extra on top of your ordinary Monday to Friday hourly rate.

Fast Food Industry Award

If you are covered by the Fast Food Industry Award, your penalty rates on Sundays have been cut by a further 10%. Your new penalty rates will be:

If you are not a casual employee

  • Saturday: 125%
  • Sunday: 125% (10% cut)
  • Public Holiday: 225% 

If you are a casual employee

  • Saturday: 150%
  • Sunday: 150% (10% cut)
  • Public Holiday: 250% 

General Retail Industry Award

If you are covered by the General Retail Industry Award, your penalty rates will be:

If you are not a casual employee

  • Saturday: 125%
  • Sunday: 165% (15% cut)
  • Public Holiday: 225%

If you are a casual employee

  • Saturday: 140%
  • Sunday: 175% (10% cut)
  • Public Holiday: 250%

Hospitality Industry Award

If you are covered by the Hospitality Industry Award, your penalty rates will be:

If you are not a casual employee

  • Saturday: 125%
  • Sunday: 150% (10% cut)
  • Public Holiday: 225%

If you are a casual employee

  • Saturday: 150%
  • Sunday: 175% 
  • Public Holiday: 250%

Restaurant Industry Award

If you are covered by the Restaurant Industry Award, your penalty rates will be:

If you are not a casual employee

  • Saturday: 125%
  • Sunday: 150%
  • Public Holiday: 225%

If you are a casual employee

  • Saturday: 150%
  • Sunday: 150%
  • Public Holiday: 250%

You may be impacted by the cuts if you are covered by a Modern Award and are receiving the minimum Award rates and entitlements. Find out more about Awards and Agreements, and how to check what you might be covered by, on our fact sheet here

What do I do if I have more questions? 

If you have any more questions or 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 by M Harrison for UnionsACT, 11 London Circuit, Canberra 2601.

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