Pay and wages

Employees work in exchange for some form of payment. Pay can include wages, salary, commission and piece rates.

Employers must pay the minimum wage to all employees including adults, trainees, starting-out workers and people with disabilities (some exemptions may apply).

If you have a workplace issue, you may want to use the Early Resolution Service to resolve it early, quickly and informally.

Early Resolution Service

Types of pay

There are different ways to be paid when employed. Pay should be set out by the employer in the employment agreement.

Pay day and period covered

When and how often an employee is paid (eg weekly, fortnightly, monthly) varies between workplaces and will often be in employment agreements or workplace policies.


Deductions may only be made from an employee’s pay if they are required by law, agreed to by the employee or are overpayments in some circumstances.

How much to pay and pay rises

As long as an employee’s pay is above the relevant minimum wage and complies with the employment agreement and legislation, an employer can choose how much to pay their employee.

Benefits and allowances

An employee is not entitled to be paid allowances over and above salary and wages unless these have been agreed with their employer.

Pay and employment equity

An employee’s pay, conditions, experiences in the workplace and access to jobs at all levels of their workplace should not be affected by gender.


Employers don’t have to provide you with a payslip but if they do there are many items it could include.

Resources for payroll professionals

Resources developed to support payroll professionals

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