Availability Allowance – 1 In 5 Days Or More

Award Definition

Electrical Power Industry Award 2010 [MA000088]

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Applies from: 01/07/2023

Allowance Description

Where the employer requires an employee to be available for duty after normal working hours in accordance with an availability roster, the employee will be paid an allowance as follows:

  • 1 in 5 weeks or more rostered on availability duty—$179.21 per week, or 
  • 1 in 4 weeks or less rostered on availability duty—$258.86 per week. 

What to pay

$179.21 per week, payable daily on a pro rata basis


This is a type of on-call allowance. You will need to determine if this is part of the employee's ordinary hours or not to determine how to treat it.

Should you withhold tax?

Withhold tax from this allowance

Should super be paid on this allowance?

If this is part of ordinary hours, it should be included in ordinary times earnings. If it is outside of ordinary hours, it should not be 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?

Include this allowance as part of gross wages

How should it be reported for Single Touch Payroll?


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