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Getting Paid and Payslips

All employees are entitled to a minimum rate of pay. You may be paid a higher rate of pay under your common law employment contract but it is unlawful to be paid at a rate below the applicable minimum rate for your work.

Most employees will now have their minimum wages and casual loadings set and adjusted by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). FWC has the power to set and adjust:

  • The Federal Minimum Wage (for employees not covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement).
  • Rates of pay for employees covered by modern awards.
  • Special federal minimum wages for junior employees, apprentices and trainees and employees with disabilities.

You may be paid a higher rate of pay under your common law employment contract but it is unlawful to be paid at a rate below the applicable minimum rate for your work.

Your minimum wage could also be set by an enterprise agreement which is a collective agreement made between an employer and a number of its employees.

Generally, an employer should not deduct amounts from your wages without your prior written consent. A tax declaration gives your employer permission to take income tax from your wages and pay it to the Australian Taxation Office. Paying tax in this way is not an unauthorised deduction.

Every time you are paid, you should also receive a pay slip. If you do not receive pay slips or if they are incorrect or insufficient, you may contact JobWatch, your union or the Fair Work Infoline.

When you are paid less than the minimum rate, this is called an underpayment. If you are being underpaid or not paid at all, you can take steps to recover the money that is owed to you. If you have not succeeded in having your employer pay the correct entitlements, the most cost-effective
and straightforward way to recover those entitlements is by lodging a Request for Assistance with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).

For more information about pay, entitlements, superannuation and payslips, download the full fact sheet.

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Call our Telephone Information Service on Melbourne Metro (03) 9662 1933 or Regional Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania on 1800 331 617.

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