Camp Meal Expense Allowance- - Not Available For Work Days Immediately Before And After Saturday And Sunday

Award Definition

Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 [MA000020]

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Last updated: 16 August 2021

Allowance Description

Where the employer can't provide meals free of charge directly to employees required to live in a camp, the employer shall:

  • reimburse employees for food reasonably purchased by them for their own use or the reasonable cost of meals consumed in the nearest recognised centre, and
  • pay an allowance of $225.07 for every complete week the employee is available for work, or in the case of broken weeks $32.12 per day including any Saturday or Sunday if the employee is in camp and available for work on the working days immediately preceding and succeeding each Saturday and Sunday. If an employee is absent without the employer’s approval on any day, the allowance will not be payable for that day. If such unauthorised absence occurs on a working day immediately preceding or succeeding a Saturday or Sunday, the allowance will not be payable for Saturday and Sunday.

What to pay

reimbursement for food reasonably bought or the reasonable cost of meals eaten in the nearest recognised centre plus $32.12 per day (not including Saturday and Sunday)


This is a type of expense allowance where we would expect the employee to claim a deduction for this in their tax return

Should you withhold tax?

Do not withhold from this allowancd

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?

Show the allowance separately in the allowance box

How should it be reported for Single Touch Payroll?


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