Back in February it was announced that Sunday and Public Holiday rates for retail and hospitality award workers will be reduced following a ruling of the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

On the 5th of June, the FWC decided the changes to Sunday penalty rates would be phased in over 3 or 4 years, depending on the award and employment type, starting from 1 July 2017. From this date you may need to make adjustments to your payroll and rostering systems if you have staff that fall under the relevant awards.

The changes to the penalty rates vary depending on the award and employee’s classification level, please find below easy-to-digest tables of the changes across the 5 relevant awards (Fast Food Industry Award 2010, General Retail Industry Award 2010, Pharmacy Industry Award 2010, Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010, Restaurant Industry Award 2010) as well as changes to public holiday rates:


For customers of Workplace Central’s Workforce Management and Payroll services, there’s nothing you need to do or change in your work practice because we’re doing it for you. We provide a complete solution taking care of payroll, recruitment, occupational compliance, human resources, health, safety and workers’ compensation, and reporting. Essentially you’ve got everything covered and you’re future-proofed for any changes to legislation or workplace requirements. You can let the employment experts manage your workforce and you can get back to managing your core business.