Hair and Beauty Industry Award Guide[MA000005]

Hair and Beauty Industry Award Guide[MA000005]

Table of content

  1. What is the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?
  2. Who is entitled to the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?
  3. How is the shiftwork arranged in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?
  4. How are wages and allowances calculated in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?
  5. How is the leave managed in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?
  6. How to keep in compliance with the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?
  7. How can Workstem assist you?

This article provides guidelines on the Australian Hospitality Industry Award package. For more information on this award, please refer to the Hair and Beauty Industry Award Guide[MA000005].

What is the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?

The Hair and Beauty Industry Award outlines the minimum wage rates, working hours, overtime, annual leave, sick leave, and other entitlements for employees working in various roles within the hair and beauty industry in Australia, such as haircutting, hair styling, and beauty treatments.

The award is designed to ensure that employees in the hair and beauty industry are treated fairly and receive reasonable pay and conditions for their work. Compliance with the Hair and Beauty Industry Award is crucial to protect employees’ rights and stay compliant with minimum employment standards.

Who is entitled to the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?

Coverage

The Hair and Beauty Award applies to employers operating in the hair and beauty industry, as well as their employees who fall under the classifications specified in the award.

The hair and beauty industry includes:

  • haircutting
  • hair styling
  • shampooing
  • hair dyeing or any treatment of hair
  • shaving and beard trimming
  • wig-making
  • make-up application
  • manicuring or nail work
  • lash and brow tinting
  • facial treatments including massages and other specialised treatments such as lymphatic drainage
  • high frequency body treatments including full body massage and other body treatments (if it is not a health business)
  • performing or carrying out body hair removal, including waxing chemical methods, electrolysis and laser hair removal
  • aromatherapy and the application of aromatic oils for beauty treatments.

Examples of employers and employees covered by the Hair and Beauty Award include:

  • hair and beauty salons
  • hairdressers
  • hairdressing apprentices
  • barbers
  • beauticians and beauty therapists
  • make-up artists
  • nail technicians
  • employees applying spray tan for a spray tan studio
  • cosmetologists.

The Hair and Beauty Award also covers labour hire businesses and their employees who are working for a business in the hair and beauty industry.

Types of employment

An employee covered by this award must be one of the following:

  • A full-time employee who is engaged to work an average of 38 ordinary hours per week over a period of no more than 4 weeks.
  • A part-time employee who works less than 38 hours per week and has predictable hours
  • A casual employee may work a maximum of either 38 ordinary hours per week or an average of 38 ordinary hours per week over a roster cycle, depending on whether they work according to a roster or not.

The Award does not generally cover

The following employers and employees are not covered by the Hair and Beauty Award:

  • hairdressers or cosmetologists working in the general retail, theatrical, amusement and entertainment industry
  • stand-alone self-service spray tanning studios and solariums
  • tattoo artists and employees of tattoo parlours.

The Hair and Beauty Award doesn’t cover employers and employees when they are covered by the Retail Award.

How is the shiftwork arranged in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?

Hours of Work

Ordinary hours may be worked by an employee within the following span of hours:

Days

Span of hours

Monday to Friday, inclusive

7.00 am – 9.00 pm
Saturday

7.00 am – 6.00 pm

Sunday

10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Breaks

Employees are entitled to meal and rest breaks in the following circumstances:

Type of break

Length of break (Monday to Sunday inclusive)

Unpaid meal break

Full-time, part-time and casual employees—after 5 hours of work

One unpaid meal break of between 45 and 60 minutes

The meal break can be shortened to 30 minutes by agreement between the employee and employer

Paid rest break

Full-time employees—per shift

Two 10-minute paid rest breaks (one before and one after the unpaid meal break)

Part-time employees—shifts of 4 or more hours but less than 7 hours

One 10-minute paid rest break

If a meal break is included in the work period then the paid rest break is to be taken in the longer work period or, if the work periods are of equal length, at a time agreed between the employer and employee

Part-time and casual employees—shifts of 7 or more hours

Two 10-minute paid rest breaks (one to be taken before the unpaid meal break and one after)

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?

Minimum rates

  • Adult employee

An employer must pay an adult employee (other than an apprentice), the minimum rate applicable to the employee’s classification for ordinary hours of work as follows:

Classification

Minimum weekly rate
(full-time employees)
Minimum hourly rate
$

$

Hair and beauty employee level 1

939.60 24.73

Hair and beauty employee level 2

961.10 25.29

Hair and beauty employee level 3

995.00 26.18
Hair and beauty employee level 4 1013.40

26.67

Hair and beauty employee level 5 1043.80

27.47

Hair and beauty employee level 6 1081.00

28.45

  • Junior employee

Age % of applicable adult rate
Under 16 years of age 50
16 years of age 50
17 years of age 75
18 years of age 100
  • Hairdressing apprentice

% of the standard rate Minimum weekly rate Minimum hourly rate

Has completed Year 12 Year of apprenticeship

% $ $

1st year

55 547.25 14.40

2nd year

65 646.75

17.02

3rd year 77 766.15

20.16

4th year (if applicable) 90 895.50

23.57

Has not completed Year 12 Year of apprenticeship

1st year

50 497.50 13.09

2nd year

60 597.00 15.71
3rd year 77 766.15

20.16

4th year (if applicable) 90 895.50

23.57

  • Beauty therapy apprentice

% of the standard rate Minimum weekly rate

Minimum hourly rate

Has completed Year 12 Year of apprenticeship

%

$ $

1st year

55 547.25

14.40

2nd year 65 646.75

17.02

3rd year

80 796.00 20.95
4th year (if applicable) 90 895.50

23.57

Has not completed Year 12 Year of apprenticeship

1st year

50 497.50

13.09

2nd year

60 597.00 15.71

3rd year

80 796.00

20.95

4th year (if applicable) 90 895.50

23.57

  • Pre-apprentices

% of the standard rate Minimum weekly rate

Minimum hourly rate

Has completed Year 12 Year of apprenticeship

% $ $

1st 6 months

55 547.25 14.40

Next 6 months

55 547.25

14.40

Next 6 months 65 646.75

17.02

Next 12 months 77 766.15

20.16

Has not completed Year 12 Year of apprenticeship

1st 6 months

50 497.50 13.09

Next 6 months

55 547.25 14.40
Next 6 months 60 597.00

15.71

Next 12 months 77 766.15

20.16

  • Trainee and graduate

Year of study

% of the standard rate Minimum weekly rate Minimum hourly rate
% $

$

Hairdressing 

Full-time trainee—less than 1000 hours of full-time accredited training

55 547.25

14.40

Full-time trainee—at least 1000 hours but less than 2000 hours of full-time accredited training

75 746.25 19.64

Full-time graduate—first 12 months

92.5 920.38

24.22

Beauty therapy 

Full-time graduate—first 12 months 92.5 920.38

24.22

Overtime rates

The overtime rate payable to an employee depends on the time at which the overtime is worked:

For overtime worked:

Full-time and part-time employees

Casual employees

% of minimum hourly rate

Monday to Saturday—first 3 hours 150%

175%

Monday to Saturday—after 3 hours

200% 225%

Sunday—all overtime hours

200%

/

– 30 April 2022 to 30 December 2022 /

210%

– 31 December 2022 to 29 April 2023

/ 215%

– 30 April 2023 to 30 December 2023

/ 220%

– From 31 December 2023

/

225%

Public holiday—all overtime hours 250%

250%

Rostered day off—all overtime hours 200%

/

Penalty rates

  • Full-time and part-time employees

An employer must pay penalty rates to a full-time or part-time employee who works ordinary hours as follows:

For ordinary hours worked:

Full-time and part-time employees

% of minimum hourly rate

Saturday—between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm

133

Sunday—between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm

200

Public holiday—any time of day

250

Rostered day off—any time of day

200

  • Casual employees

For ordinary hours worked:

Casual employees

% of minimum hourly rate

Monday to Friday—before 7.00 am and after 9.00 pm

150

Saturday—before 7.00 am and after 6.00 pm

150

Saturday—between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm

/

– 30 April 2022 to 30 December 2022

143

– 31 December 2022 to 29 April 2023

148

– 30 April 2023 to 30 December 2023

153

– From 31 December 2023

158

Sunday—any time of day

/

– 30 April 2022 to 30 December 2022

210
– 31 December 2022 to 29 April 2023

215

– 30 April 2023 to 30 December 2023

220

– From 31 December 2023

225

Public holiday—any time of day

250

Allowance

Manager’s allowance

  • $49.75 per week

First aid allowance

  • $12.94 per week

Broken Hill allowance 

  • $42.59 per week

Meal allowance

  • For full-time and part-time employees after more than 1 hours’ overtime without 24 hours notice $21.71 per occasion
  • Further 4 hours overtime
  • Additional $21.71 per occasion

Motor vehicle allowance

  • $0.95 per km

Tool Allowance 

  • $10.29 per week
  • Must also reimburse for costs associated with the purchase of necessary electrical equipment.

Travelling time reimbursement 

  • Employees must be paid for any work at a location other than their usual place of work at their minimum hourly rate from Monday to Saturday.
  • On Sunday or a public holiday, to be paid at 150% of their minimum hourly rate.

How is the leave managed in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?

In the Hair and Beauty Industry Award, leave entitlements for employees are determined by the National Employment Standards (NES) and the classification of the employee.

Annual leave

Annual leave is provided for in the NES. It does not apply to casual employees.

The loading for a period of leave will be the greater of the following 2 amounts:

  • 17.5% of the employee’s minimum hourly rate for all ordinary hours the employee would have worked if they were not on leave during the period; or
  • The relevant weekend penalty amounts payable to the employee for all ordinary hours they would have worked on a weekend if they were not on leave during that period.

Personal Leave

Personal/carer’s leave and compassionate leave are provided for in the NES.

Public holidays

Public holiday entitlements are provided for in the NES.Employers and employees can agree to substitute another day as a public holiday or a part-day public holiday.

  • If an employee works on a public holiday or a substitute day, they must be paid at the public holiday penalty rate.
  • If an agreement to substitute a day or part-day is made, the public holiday penalty rate applies based on whether both days are worked, only the actual public holiday or substitute day is worked, or only the substitute day or part-day public holiday is worked.

How to keep in compliance with the Hair and Beauty Industry Award?

To comply with the Hair and Beauty Industry Award in Australia, businesses in the Hair and Beauty Industry can follow:

Minimum wage

Employers must pay their employees at least the minimum wage set by the Fair Work Commission.

Superannuation

Employers are obligated to make superannuation contributions on behalf of their eligible employees, which includes calculating and paying the correct amount on time.

Taxation

Businesses must accurately calculate and withhold income tax from employee wages, regularly passing the amount to the ATO.

‍Record-keeping 

Employers are required to maintain comprehensive records relating to employee pay, taxes, superannuation and entitlements

How can Workstem assist you?

Workstem is a one-stop payroll & HR platform with an award interpretation module and customised attendance formulas that ensure hair and beauty industry employers stay compliant with Fair Work regulations. The platform simplifies HR processes, reduces administrative burdens, and offers a user-friendly interface for small businesses and large enterprises alike.

Experience the benefits of Workstem for yourself!

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