Fair Pay

Fair Pay

The Hair and Beauty Award is the minimum rate that can be paid to workers in the hair and beauty industry, including apprentices, salon assistants, beauty therapists, make-up artists, senior stylists and trichologists. Your base rate is measured on what qualifications you have and your experience in the industry.

You are also entitled to penalty rates for overtime, weekends working RDO’s and public holidays:

  • Overtime (0-3 hours): 150% (perm) or 175% (casual)
  • Overtime (3+ hours): 200% (perm) or 225% (casual)
  • Saturday: 133%
  • Sunday: 200%
  • Working on RDO: 200%
  • Public holidays: 250%

These are a legal requirement and non-negotiable with your employer. This is the minimum you must be paid.


You are entitled to the following allowances under the Award:

  • $0.78 per kilometre if you have to use your own vehicle for work
  • If you have to work away from your usual place of work, you will be paid travel time and fares for the difference between the normal time/cost
  • $9.44 extra per week if you have to use your own tools
  • $43.88 extra per week if you are a salon manager
  • Reimburse you the cost of electrical equipment/special clothing
  • $19.57 meal allowance for more than one hour overtime (unless given 24 hours’ notice) and $19.57 extra after every 4 hours.
  • $0.30 per hour up to a maximum of $11.41 per week if you have qualifications and are appointed to perform first-aid duty.


As an employee, it is your legal right to receive a payslip every time you are paid, either weekly, monthly or fortnightly, whether you’re an apprentice, casual, full-time, part-time, senior stylist, or beautician.

A boss who doesn’t provide a payslip within one working day of you being paid is breaking the law. Payslips are super important if you do have an issue with your wages (like unpaid penalty rates or overtime), because it’s much easier to prove underpayment if you ever need to lodge a wage claim.

At HSA, we work with claims like this a lot! But what should a proper payslip actually look like? A little note with wages, hours worked and tax is good enough, right? Actually, there are some really strict laws around producing payslips, to protect both you and your employer.

Your payslip must include the following info:

  • Your name,
  • Your employer’s business name,
  • Your employer’s ABN,
  • Your gross pay (including tax),
  • Your net pay (minus tax),
  • Any loadings (i.e. penalty rates, tool allowance, bonuses),
  • The pay period,
  • Superannuation contributions made by your employer and the name of your supernnuation fund,
  • If any deductions have been made from your pay,

If you are paid at an hourly rate (as most hair and beauty employees are), your payslip must also include:

  • The rate of pay for your ordinary hours,
  • The number of hours you worked,
  • The amount of payment made at that rate

If you are paid at an annual rate of pay (a salary), your payslip must also include the rate as at the latest date to which this payslip relates.

Tracking your hours

We really recommend you track your hours, even if you do receive payslips, or work the same hours each week, in case you are being underpaid or the information is incorrect. There are a few ways that you can do this:

  • Keep a diary of the days/hours worked – and how much you’re paid.
  • Take a photo of your roster and back it up to iCloud or Google photos (this also helps if you have a boss who changes the roster at short notice or ‘forgets’ what day you’re supposed to be working!)
  • Record your hours on your phone with The Fair Work Commission’s app. Plus, it’s Fair Work approved, which is super handy if you do end up with a wage dispute. You can download from the App Store and from Google Play.

I think I’m being underpaid – what do I do?

  1. Check the Award and National Employment Standards. Read over this document or get in touch with us if you’re not sure, and we’ll confirm whether your employer is breaching legislation. If it doesn’t add up, then investigate!
  2. Gather your evidence. Screenshot SMS or Facebook messages, forward emails to another account and take photos of any handwritten notes or payslips. Make sure you have copies of everything in safe place.
  3. Contact your employer. Make it clear that to them they are breaching the Hair and Beauty Award, or National Employment Standards. Email, write or SMS your employer and state that you are asking for your legal entitlements. Stick to the facts and try not to be emotional. The Hair and Beauty Award and National Employment Standards are correct, not your employer. There is no exceptions to the law!
  4. Take it further. If your employer still refuses to give you your entitled leave, get in touch, and we can help escalate the situation through the Fair Work Commission or your local small claims court.

Your Rate of Pay

Qualified Workers

This is for most workers, except apprentices and trainees.

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If you’re an apprentice, here are the rates that apply to you.

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Adult Apprentice

If you were 21+ at the start of your apprenticeship, here are your pay rates.

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If you’re under the age of 18, these junior rates apply to you.

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Trainees and Graduates

If you are a Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy trainee or graduate, here are the pay rates that apply to you.

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