Know Your Rights - Australian Casuals Frequently Underpaid


A recent report from the Australian Council of Trade Unions shows that Australian casuals are frequently being underpaid in most of the industries where casual work is highly prevalent, including the hospitality industry. The report cites analysis performed by Joshua Healy, a senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne.

People who are engaged as genuine casuals should receive a genuine premium for the lack of paid leave and job security.
— Sally McManus, Secretary | Australian Council of Trade Unions

The results of Healy’s analysis show a 5% premium rate of pay for casual workers in the hospitality industry in Australia, a far cry from the values outlined in the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010. This information is particularly alarming when considering that Australia reported the highest proportion of temporary employees in its workforce amongst all OECD countries in 2016 (most recently available data).

The Tasmanian Hospitality Association wants to see all workers in the hospitality industry afforded their workplace rights. For our members, we have information about employment relations including pay rates & awards, and for all hospitality employees, we highly recommend reviewing the award you work under, the national employment standards, and the Fair Work Act 2009.