Penalty Rates

Penalty rates are an integral part of the industrial relations system and any variance to rates and conditions must be dealt with by the appropriate workplace relations tribunal (currently Fair Work Commission). The unique challenges of small business should always be considered.

Examples of what needs to be done:

  • Fair Work Commission should remain the independent umpire
  • Small business* and the potential for increased youth employment should always be considered in any determination of weekend penalty rates. See Frequently Asked Questions.


* ABS defines small business as less than 20 employees. Fairwork Australia defines small business as less than 15 employees.

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