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Understanding Employee Holiday Entitlements

Under the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard all employees (except casual employees) can get paid annual leave based on the nominal hours they've worked.

• A permanent or part time staff member accrues holiday leave at a rate of 4 weeks per year. For example:

  • An employee that works 40 hrs per week accrues 160hrs of leave per year
  • An employee that works 38 hrs per week accrues 152hrs of leave per year
  • An employee that works 20 hrs per week accrues 80hrs of leave per year

• To calculate the amount of leave accrued take the total amount of hours worked for the period and multiply by 0.0769 and this will give you the leave amount. For example:

  • An employee that has worked 520 hrs YTD will have accrued 40hrs of leave (520 x 0.0769 = 39.988)
  • An employee that has worked 494 hrs YTD will have accrued 38hrs of leave (494 x 0.0769 = 37.988)

• Remember to take off any leave taken when calculating what is owed

• Employees continue to accrue leave whilst they are on leave

• Holidays are paid at the standard rate of pay

• Holiday leave loading may or may not be paid according to what is stated in the original employment agreement.

  • If leave loading is stated as included in the package or award it is paid at a rate of 17.5% of gross holiday pay
  • For example, 40hrs leave x $20.00 per hr = $800.00 x 17.5% = $140.00. Therefore gross holiday pay including leave loading is $940.00

• Holiday leave loading does not attract the superannuation guarantee of 9% (current rate)
• Holidays are taxed according to the general weekly tax rates (see tables)

• Any unused annual leave in a period continues to accumulate and is payable on resignation or termination

• Holidays can only be taken at an agreed time between employer and employee

• Employers can instruct an employee to take leave in certain circumstances, for instance:

  • During a shut-down period, such as between Christmas and New Year’s
  • If the employee has accumulated a lot of leave (more than 8 weeks for a full-time employee)

• Employees employed on a casual basis do not accrue annual leave


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