Check your payslip

You should receive regular payslips from your employer. Be sure to keep them!

Payslips may not seem important but they contain valuable information. Your payslip will tell you if you’ve been underpaid. It’s much easier to calculate how much back pay you are entitled to if you have kept your payslips.

Your payslip should contain:

  • Employer’s name
  • Employer’s Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Employee’s name
  • Date of payment
  • Gross and Net amounts paid
  • Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding amount
  • If employee is paid hourly - the ordinary hourly rate, the number of hours worked and the total amount of pay at that rate
  • If employee is paid an annual rate of pay (salary) - the rate as at the last day in the pay period
  • Any loadings, allowances, bonuses, incentive-based payments, penalty rates or other paid entitlements that can be separated out from the employee’s ordinary hourly rate
  • Any deductions - including the amount and details of each deduction and name and/or number of the fund/account into which the deduction was paid
  • Superannuation contributions - including the amount to be paid and to which fund (fund name and/or number)

Your payslip does not need to contain:

  • Leave balances (annual, personal)
  • Employee’s employment status i.e. full time, part time, casual
  • Name of the award under which you are employed
  • Employee’s classification under award/agreement
  • Employee’s bank details

Employers must provide payslips within 24 hours of paying their employees. Payslips can be provided in electronic or hard copy form, and should be in an easily printable format.

Payslips must be given to employees securely and confidentially.

Ensure you check your next payslip to make sure you have been paid correctly.

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