Pay Rates & Paying Employees

Paying people correctly is easier with BetterHR.

With so many different pay rates (award rates) by job type, overtime and penalty rates, and entitlements, it’s no wonder employers get confused and at times struggle to stay up to date with the pay obligations and entitlements of their staff. In addition, getting clarity on how standard requirements are impacted by Job Keeper and Pandemic leave can add to the confusion.


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BetterHR’s team of experienced Employment Lawyers and certified HR Experts will help you stay up-to-date with the most current requirements as set out by the Modern Award and National Employment Scheme (NES). We’ll help demystify the complexity, and ensure that your businesses is aligned with terms and conditions of employment.

We’ve helped many Clients save time, money, and avoid potential penalties – like back-pay claims and damaging “wage theft” scandals in the news of late.

Our team will help you determine the correct rates before you hire, and do an audit of existing pay:

  • Award Rates/Pay Rates
  • Hours of work
  • Rosters
  • Breaks
  • Allowances
  • Penalty rates
  • Overtime
  • And more
About the Modern Award:


A modern award is a legal document which sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment on top of the National Employment Standards (NES).

Modern awards apply to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.

The pay rate for most employees is set out in the applicable occupation-based modern award.

Managers or higher income employees may not be covered by a modern award even if one applies to the industry in which they work.

Some employers and employees will not be covered by an award or registered agreement. When an employee is not covered by an award of agreement, they are considered to be award an agreement free. In these situations, the National Minimum Wage and the NES will form the minimum terms and conditions of employment.

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