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Summary of Fair Work Commission Penalty Rates Decision

Last week ALNA outlined the significant and unexpected news that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) had decided to reduce penalty rates on Sundays and Public Holidays for some employees under the General Retail Award.

This created considerable discussion with some members about whether it was enough, whether it would change the way you do business, the hours you open and the available hours you might offer employees.

These are all valid and important questions to ask and discuss. The reality is, while we might have liked a bigger change akin to Saturday rates, as with any decision that is heavily contested and hard fought, it is always a result of compromise. It remains significant though, because the independent umpire FWC has recognised that the economy and the way people shop has changed and that employers arguments for a reduction to the rate of the rate are valid. While many groups are criticising the decision, it has not removed penalties completely so workers still receive a suitable penalty equivalent to their loss of utility on a given day, and it has simply made them more reflective of how our broader economy is functioning.

Summary of the Changes


A member under the retail award who has one full timer working 7.5 hrs on a Sunday, will see that employees Sunday rate drop from $38.88 to $29.16 This represents a saving of $9.72 per hour or $72.90 per shift, which equates to a saving of $3,790.80 per year for that employee.

Which awards are affected?

Several years ago, applications were made to the FWC to vary six modern awards.
There are approximately 130 modern awards all told, but this decision applies only to employees covered by these six awards:

  • the Fast Food Award
  • the Retail Award
  • the Hospitality Industry Award
  • the Pharmacy Award
  • the Clubs Award
  • the Restaurant Award

The case was run over a period of two years, with 39 hearing days, 143 witnesses (most requiring cross examination), 5,900 submissions, resulting in a 550 page decision. When this application was made previously in around 2011 by a number of employers including ANF, the FWC declined to change Sunday penalty rates on the grounds that not enough evidence had been supplied that the change was warranted. The volume of evidence in this case was certainly more substantial and has clearly had an impact on the outcome.

What did the Commission decide?

The Commission has decided to reduce Sunday penalty rates in the Hospitality, Fast Food, Retail and Pharmacy awards. The actual rates vary slightly, however, as an example, the Sunday penalty in the Retail Award will drop from double time (200%) to time and a half (150%) for full and part time employees, and time and three quarters (175%) for casual employees.

Public holiday penalty rates will also be affected - in the Retail Award, the public holiday penalty for full and part time employees will drop from 250% to 225%, while casuals will reduce from 275% to 250%.

The Sunday penalty rate change will be transitioned over time, to avoid a sharp drop in employees' take home pay. No decision has been made yet on the way that will happen.

The changes are likely to take place over a couple of years (between 2 and 4 years has been suggested by the Full Bench), dropping gradually on an annual basis, with each change probably coming into effect on 1 July each year.

The reduction in the public holiday penalty rate will occur as early as 1 July 2017.

CLICK HERE to view previous communication on the penalty rates decision.

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