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Public holidays and penalty rates during Christmas under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020

December 4, 2023

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s important for employers to be aware of their obligations under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020. In a previous article, employers were informed about their obligations with respect to the annual closedown – see article here To ensure that employees are paid their correct entitlements, employers should […]

Encountering financial difficulty? It’s never been more important to get the right advice.

November 23, 2023

An article developed by CPA Australia and Service NSW for Business discusses the importance of seeking support from your industry associations (Hair and Beauty Australia), NSW government business advisory services and your professional service providers (accountants, financial advisors or solicitors). Many hair and beauty businesses across NSW are facing economic challenges and seeking the right […]

Removing an employee from a WhatsApp group was a dismissal

November 17, 2023

Technology has shaped the way we live and work, and some employers even use social media platforms as a rostering and communication tool. While this has benefits for businesses, it can also expose them to legal challenges. Student working in a kebab shop was removed from a WhatsApp Group after raising underpayment concerns In a […]

Taking Annual Leave in Advance

November 6, 2023

Where an employer intends to shut down over the festive season and employees do not have enough annual leave to cover the entire period, an option may be for the employee to take annual leave in advance. Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020 The Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020 contains provisions which allow an […]

Christmas Shutdowns

October 19, 2023

Christmas Shutdowns Earlier this year, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) varied the annual leave shutdown provisions in modern awards and replaced them with a model annual leave shutdown clause. Please refer to our article in February on the Annual Leave Shutdown Provisions With the Christmas period soon upon us, many businesses will be considering whether […]

Hairdresser dismissed for having ‘no pleasant personality’ and ‘no patience’ wins the right to making a general protections claim

September 15, 2023

In July 2022, CJ Onetree Pty Ltd (the Company) employed Ms Kim (the Employee) as a hairdresser on a full-time basis. Ms Choi (Director Choi) was Ms Kim’s manager as well as a director of the company. In March 2023, Ms Kim asked Director Choi if she could take a period of personal leave as […]

Increase to superannuation contributions from 1 July 2023

July 19, 2023

The Superannuation Guarantee legislation, comprising the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 and the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992 requires employers to make minimum superannuation contributions on behalf of their full-time, part-time and casual employees, with some exceptions. Which employees receive contributions? All employees except for certain limited categories of employees receive superannuation. These exceptions are: […]


June 16, 2023

OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE BY TAFE NSW – JUNE 13, 2023 Local (region) hairdressers, barbers, and beauticians can access a new TAFE NSW course to gain the skills to ‘spot a spot’ and speak up if they see something. Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world, with one Australian diagnosed every 30 minutes […]

Annual Wage Review 2022-2023 Decision

June 15, 2023

On 2 June 2023, the Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down its Annual Wage Review 2022-2023 Decision. The FWC decided that award minimum wages will be increased by 5.75 per cent and the National Minimum Wage will increase to $23.23 per hour. When will employers receive updated wage rates from HABA? […]

Portable long service leave scheme in the ACT expanded to include the hair and beauty industry

June 5, 2023

The Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Act 2023 (the Amendment Act) will expand the ACT’s portable long service leave scheme (portable scheme) to include the hairdressing and beauty services industry. The expanded scheme will also include the accommodation and food services industry. Background Portable long service leave schemes in the ACT have been in […]

HABA invited to be founding member of ‘Workforce Equipped’ Jobs and Skills Council

March 30, 2023

Hair and Beauty Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of the initial board members of  ‘Workforce Equipped’ Jobs and Skills Council to respond to current and emerging skills needs in the services sector Hair and Beauty Australia (“HABA”), the industry peak body for the personal services industry welcomes the announcement of the initial election […]

Is your business prepared for the Easter public holidays?

March 7, 2023

The Easter holiday period is always a popular period for leave requests, with many employees seeking to take advantage of the number of public holidays. With COVID-19 restrictions easing across the country, employees may take this opportunity to have a well-earned break. This leaves employers with the challenge of balancing their employees leave requests as […]

Annual Leave Shutdown provisions in modern awards

February 19, 2023

Background The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided to significantly vary the annual leave shutdown provisions in 78 modern awards including the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020 (the Award) by replacing them with a new model annual leave shutdown clause which is set out below. The FWC will publish proposed determinations setting out the […]

Reminder about casual penalty rates increase

January 18, 2023

In October 2021 , HABA members were informed of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to vary the weekend penalty rate provisions for casual employees under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2020. The penalty rate increases are being phased in over six stages, with the most recent increase taking effect from the first full […]

Employer fined for underpayment and record-keeping failures

January 11, 2023

Background The Federal Court of Australia heard that 85 Degrees Coffee Australia, which operates several retail stores and factories, hired eight employees as ‘student interns’, after its parent company arranged for a Taiwanese university’s students to gain work experience. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) alleged that between July 2016 and June 2017, the employees were […]

The annual Christmas close down and how to calculate annual leave loading

November 17, 2022

With the Christmas period soon upon us, many salon owners will be considering whether to close down and for how long. Strict rules apply for close downs, so everyone needs to be prepared. The rules governing periods of close down for employers and employees under the national workplace relations system are derived from the National […]

Skills Shortages in the Hair and Beauty Industry

November 10, 2022

As your nationally recognised employer association, HABA is responsible for representing the opinions and concerns of salon owners at all levels of government – including on the issue of skills shortages across our industry.   This is how our voices get heard by policymakers and lead to REAL Change for the Hair and Beauty Industry. […]


November 7, 2022

We are pleased to announce the HABA AGM date today, offered as both a virtual experience and as an in-person event if there is sufficient interest. This allows our members from across the country to have the same experience of our AGM and allows our national member base to equally contribute to the conversation. 🔸 […]

Labor Budget 2022 – what it means for salon owners

October 27, 2022

All Australians, and particularly small business owners, are aware of the challenging economic position that we find ourselves in post-pandemic. While this has had an impact on the Albanese Governments’ first budget, and Labor’s first budget in over a decade, it’s not all doom and gloom. While small businesses were not mentioned by name regularly, […]

Parental leave for salon owners

October 25, 2022

Parental leave is another entitlement under the NES and is available to eligible salon employees when a child is born or adopted. Parental leave can be taken by male and female workers, and casual employees may be eligible for parental leave if they are employed on a regular and systematic basis. Here’s everything salon owners […]

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