Meal Allowance

Award Definition

Aged Care Award 2010 [MA000018]

Back to search

Please note that the Pay Cat Allowance Search Tool is currently being updated for Modern Award rate changes applying from 1 November 2020

Allowance Description
(a) An employee will be supplied with an adequate meal where an employer has adequate cooking and dining facilities or be paid a meal allowance of $12.88 in addition to any overtime payment as follows: (i) when required to work after the usual finishing hour of work beyond one hour or,in the case of shift workers,when the overtime work on any shift exceeds one hour. (ii) Provided that where such overtime work exceeds four hours a further meal allowance of $11.61 will be paid. (b) Clause 15.4(a) will not apply when an employee could reasonably return home for a meal within the meal break. (c) On request meal allowance will be paid on the same day as overtime is worked

What to pay

$13.56 for the first meal and $12.23 for an extra meal


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

Ready to have a 30 minute consultation?

One of our payroll experts will be in touch within one business day