Back in 2021, The Fair Work Commission announced a series of instalment increases to the weekend penalty rates for casual employees under the Hair and Beauty Award. These increases were to occur over a period of 2 years, spanning from January 2022 to December 2023.

As part of this decision, the next instalment of increases occurred on 31 December 2022. Considering this decision was originally announced some time ago, as a brief reminder we have summarised below the relevant increase dates and figures that you need to be aware of and to ensure you have planned for 2023.

 

Saturday Penalty Rates

On 31 December 2022, the Saturday penalty rate for casual staff increased to 148% (inclusive of the casual loading). Further instalment increases will occur in line with the following schedule, finalising in December 2023:

Date Saturday penalty rate
31 December 2022 to 29 April 2023 148%
30 April 2023 to 30 December 2023 153%
From 31 December 2023 158%

 

 

Sunday Penalty rates

Likewise, on 31 December 2022, the Sunday penalty rate increased to 215% (inclusive of the casual loading).

Further instalment increases will occur in line with the following schedule, finalising in December 2023:

Date Sunday penalty rate
31 December 2022 to 29 April 2023 215%
30 April 2023 to 30 December 2023 220%
From 31 December 2023 225%

 

In preparation for the increases, the pay guide released by the Fair Work Ombudsman in 2022 reflected the relevant dates and figures for the upcoming increases to occur over the next financial year.  This pay guide outlines the relevant penalties up to June of 2023, to which likely an updated pay guide will be released following any 1 July increases to the minimum wage.

 

 

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If you need any guidance on these changes or how to apply these to your employees, please reach out to the HR Connect team for further assistance.

 

Disclaimer

The information provided in these blog articles is general in nature and is not intended to substitute for professional advice. If you are unsure about how this information applies to your specific situation we recommend you contact HR Connect for advice.

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