What is a Crib Allowance?

The Building and Construction Award established by the Fair Work Commission, sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment for workers in the building and construction industry who perform work on-site. 

It covers various classifications within the industry, including tradespersons, apprentices, and labourers, and includes provisions regarding wages, allowances, overtime, leave entitlements, and other employment conditions. The award aims to ensure fair and equitable treatment for workers in the building and construction sector and provides a framework for resolving disputes and addressing workplace issues. 

The shiftwork arrangement entails three consecutive 8-hour shifts per day. During each shift, 24 minutes will contribute towards a rostered off shift, and a crib time of 20 minutes will be permitted. This crib time will be compensated as though it were actively worked and will substitute any other rest period or cessation of work mandated by the Award.

Moreover, shifts are capped at 8 consecutive hours, inclusive of a 30-minute paid crib time break, which is considered as time worked.

Rest periods and crib time are standardised for all workers. A 10-minute paid rest period is mandated between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Additionally, when employees are required to work overtime exceeding 2 hours after their usual finishing time, a 20-minute paid crib time is to be provided immediately after finishing time. For every continuous 4-hour work period, a 30-minute paid crib time is to be allowed.

If an employee remains at work beyond their usual finishing time without taking the mandated 20-minute crib time and continues for 2 hours or more, they will be compensated for an additional 20 minutes of work accordingly.

Furthermore, in the scenario of three consecutive 8-hour shifts per day, inclusive of time worked for accrual purposes, a paid crib time of 20 minutes is mandatory for each shift, substituting any other rest period or cessation of work as per the Award.

During overtime, breaks are allocated accordingly. Employees working overtime on Saturdays or Sundays are entitled to a paid 10-minute break between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. For every 4 hours of successive overtime, a 20-minute paid crib break is provided. If the overtime extends beyond 4 hours, a 30-minute paid crib time is allotted.

Specifically, on Saturdays or Sundays, overtime workers are entitled to a paid 20-minute crib break after 4 hours of work, in lieu of the meal break outlined in the Award. If required to work beyond an additional 4 hours, a paid 30-minute crib time is allowed, operating instead of the clauses stipulating meal breaks.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in these knowledge base 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. The information in this summary is correct as of August 2021.

This article will change over time, as Modern Award legislation relating to this Industry or Occupation is passed by the Fair Work Commission. Originally published on 20 February 2024.

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