Overtime and Penalty Rates


Working weekends and long days should be compensated. Find you what you should be paid for working hours when most people have their feet up.

What you need to know


Overtime pay for full-time and casual employees

If you work overtime hours (that’s work in excess of the ordinary number of hours of work) are to be paid at time and a half for the first three hours and double time thereafter.

Overtime pay for casual employees

If you are a casual employee, you are entitled to be paid overtime if you work more than 38 hours per week or in excess of 38 hours per week, or in excess of 10 hours in the one day. The overtime you are entitled to be paid is 175% of the ordinary hourly rate of pay for the first three hours and 225% of the ordinary hourly rate of pay thereafter (inclusive of the casual loading).

Saturday work

If you work Saturday’s a loading of 33% will apply for ordinary hours of work for full-time,part-time and casual employees within the span of hours on a Saturday.

Sunday work

If you work Sunday’s a 100% loading will apply for all hours of work for full-time,part-time and casual employees on a Sunday.

Working on your rostered day off

Where it is mutually agreed upon between the employer and the employee (such agreement should be in writing) an employee may be employed on their rostered day off at the rate of double time for all time worked with a minimum payment as for four hours’ work.

What can I do if I need help?

If you’re experiencing a problem with your pay, read on to find out more information on what you can do. To access this information you need to be a HSA member. It’s easy to join.

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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