IR Q&A Issue 11

Posted 25 January 2019

IR Q&A Issue 11

Q: I have guys working on the Australia Day long weekend. What rates of pay are they entitled to?

A: The Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010 provides that when a worker works on a public holiday, they will be entitled to be paid at the rate of double time and a half (250%) and a minimum of (or payment for) four hours' work.

It is important to note that the Fair Work Ombudsman advises that although Australia Day this year falls on a Saturday, a worker rostered on to work this Saturday should be paid at the normal Saturday rates for those rostered on to work. Employers should note that Monday 28 January 2019 is the substituted day for the Australia Day public holiday and where a worker is required to work on this day, they will be entitled to be paid at the public holiday rates of pay. For further guidance on substituted days for public holidays, click here.

If you have an Enterprise Agreement, it is be a good idea to check for specified dates and the rate of pay for work on a public holiday as sometimes what is provided in an Agreement can be greater than the minimum entitlement under an Award.

For further information about public holidays in the ACT for 2019, click here.

Q: What insurance information should I get from my subcontractors?

A: You should ensure that your subbies have at least the following insurances in place prior to them commencing work on your project/s:

  • Public liability insurance; and
  • Workers Compensation Insurance (if they are a company or if a sole-trader with employees).

Other insurances, such as contract works insurance, professional indemnity insurance and income/accident protection insurances are not mandatory but can be included in your contract with your subbies as additional insurances to be in place.

Another tip would be to keep an eye on policy expiry dates and to request copies of updated certificates of insurance from your contractors, when required.

If you would like to find out more about insurance products or to have a chat about getting insurances in place, Nick Morgan from MBA Insurance Services would be happy to assist:

Phone: 02 6175 5975

Q: How can I find out if my payslips contain the right information?

A: I have previously written about what a payslip should contain. To see the list of minimum information that is to be contained in a payslip, click here.

There are some circumstances where additional information may be required to be included in a payslip based on an agreement between you and your workers - a recent example that I saw was included in an Enterprise Agreement.

I would be happy to take a look at your payslips to check if you have included all of the required information. This is a simple and complimentary service offered to all members.

If you have any queries or would like to ask a question, please contact me on 6175 5919 or email

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