Meal Allowance - Overtime

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Clerks - Private Sector Award 2010 [MA000002]

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Last updated: 16 August 2021

Allowance Description

Should an employee be required to work overtime of more than 1.5 hours after the employee’s ordinary time of ending work without at least 24 hours' notice, the employer must: 

  • pay the employee an allowance of $16.53, or
  • supply the employee with a meal. 

If the number of hours worked exceeds 4, the employer must pay a further meal allowance of $13.23.

What to pay

$16.53 for a meal and $13.23 for an extra meal after 4 hours of overtime


This is an allowance paid for working overtime and receiving a meal.

Should you withhold tax?

Only withhold tax on the amount above the ATO limit. Currently the ATO limit is $31.95

Should super be paid on this allowance?

This allowance should not form part of ordinary times earnings

Should payroll tax be paid on this allowance?

Include this allowance for payroll tax purposes

How is it treated on the payment summary?

The amount below the ATO threshold should be excluded. The amount above the threshold should be shown separately as an allowance

How should it be reported for Single Touch Payroll?

Not applicable below the threshold. Above the threshold should be Meals

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