Learn more about your pay


How much are you worth? Check out how much you should be getting paid.

What you need to know


Unless you have a signed individual pay agreement, then you’re covered by the Hair and Beauty Award (2010). This Award has lots of different rates of pay, based on your age, years of experience, and qualification. These rates are a legal requirement and must be followed by your employer. 

So how do you know what’s the correct pay rate for you? We have provided a guide and definitions for each pay range to help you confirm your correct rate. This also includes extra loading for working overtime, during your RDO’s and on weekends and public holidays.

Qualified with a Certificate 3


If you have qualified hairdressing with a Certificate 3, or if you are a qualified barber, beauty therapist, beautician, you fall into this category. Here you will find the pay rates for full time, part time and casual employment.

Junior


If you are aged under the age of 18 there are specific pay rates that apply to ages 18, 17, 16 and under.

Apprentices


If you are an apprentice under the age of 21, here are the pay rates that apply to you.

Adult Apprentice


If you are an apprentice that starts your apprenticeship at 21 years of age these pay rates apply to you.

Beauty Apprentices


If you are a beauty apprentice under the age of 21, here are the pay rates that apply to you.

Adult Beauty Apprentice


If you are a beauty apprentice that starts your apprenticeship at 21 years of age these pay rates apply to you.

Trainees and Graduates


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

What can I do if I need help?

If you’re experiencing a problem with your pay, we’re here to help you out – but it’s up to you to take the next step.

At Hair Stylists Australia, we have legal and industrial experts who can help mediate with your boss to ensure your being paid correctly, and can assist with putting together a wage claim for unpaid wages. This is available exclusively to our members.

Are you ready to join your union and get the wages you deserve?

Steps to take if you need help


1st step. Is your employer in breach of the Hair & Beauty Award? If you’re unsure book a call or chat with us.

2nd step. Ask the question. If your employer is in breach of the Hair & Beauty Award ask the question.  If this is the first time something has gone wrong at work and you’ve got a good relationship with the boss, just ask the question. Make sure you put any questions to your boss about working conditions in writing. If you need any tips get in touch with us. Book a call or chat.

3rd step: Be clear on your outcome. What outcome are you seeking? Is it a realistic outcome? Are there any other outcomes you would be happy with?

4th step: Professional advice & Support. If you’ve asked the question and your employer does not agree or refuses to consult with you on the matter, then it’s time to get some professional advice and support. Book a call to get in touch with one of our legal officers for advice on how to handle the situation.

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