Penalty Rate Changes 2017

On 23 February 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a decision to vary certain penalty rate provisions in some awards for the hospitality, restaurant and retail industries.

The decision affects penalty rate provisions for some permanent and casual employees working on Sundays, public holidays, evenings or after midnight in these industries.

Changes to Sunday penalty rates will be phased in on 5 June 2017, the FWC handed down a decision about how the changes to Sunday penalty rates will be introduced. The FWC decided they will be phased in over 3 or 4 years, depending on the award and employment type, starting from 1 July 2017.

The following awards are affected by the penalty rate changes:

General Retail Industry Award 2010 [MA000004] (the Retail Award)
Fast Food Industry Award 2010 [MA000003] (the Fast Food Award)
Restaurant Industry Award 2010 [MA000119] (the Restaurant Award)
Pharmacy Industry Award 2010 [MA000012] (the Pharmacy Award)
Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 [MA000009] (the Hospitality Award).

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