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Posted August 13, 2018

We know that the Hair and Beauty industry is a dynamic, evolving industry. The same is true for the Hair & Beauty Award, which tends to have significant changes every quarter, which you can catch up for last quarter here. Here are the changes made to the Hair & Beauty Award that salon owners need to know about in the second quarter of 2018.


Wage Increase

On the 1st July 2018 wages increased across the country by 3.5% for adult employees while junior, trainee and apprentice rates also went up significantly. HABA calculated the new wage rates for all areas across the hair and beauty award and distributed them to all members via the website.


Family and Domestic Violence Leave

From the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018, all employees can take unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence. This includes part-time and casual employees.

Employees covered by an award are entitled to 5 days of unpaid and domestic violence leave each year. Family and domestic violence means violent, threatening or other abusive behavior by an employee’s family member that:

  • seeks to coerce or control the employee
  • causes them harm or fear

A family member includes an employee’s current or former spouse or de facto partner’s child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling.

Employees can take the leave if they need to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence and it’s impractical to do so outside their ordinary hours of work.


Penalty Rates Case

Ai Group Workplace Lawyers is representing

Hair and Beauty Australia (HABA) in the case in seeking a reduction in Sunday penalty rates from double time to time and one half, and in public holiday rates from double time and one half to double time and one quarter.

In the FWC’s major Penalty Rates Case last year, the Commission decided to lower Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries. In its decision, the Commission announced that penalty rates would also be reviewed in the hair and beauty industry.

HABA’s submission argues that:

  • There are obvious similarities between the hair and beauty industry and the retail and pharmacy industries:
    • Businesses in each of these industries predominately sell to consumers;
    • A large range of hair and beauty products are sold by businesses in each of the industries;
    • Businesses in each industry operate from similar locations, such as shopping strips and shopping malls;
    • The opening hours of businesses in the three industries are often similar; and
    • Lease arrangements for businesses in each industry are similar, with many businesses required by the terms of their leases to open on Sundays.
    • For the same reasons that penalty rates have been adjusted in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries, penalty rates need to be adjusted in the hair and beauty industry. The existing penalty rates are no longer fair or relevant in contemporary workplaces.

Ai Group Workplace Lawyers will represent HABA at hearings before a Full Bench of the FWC which will take place later this year. The case is listed for further Mention and Directions on 24 August.


Single Touch Payroll

Single touch payroll is a new system for reporting all payroll information to the Australian Taxation office (ATO). It came into effect on the 1st July 2018 and applies to employers with 20 or more employees.

If you’re not coping with the changes to Single Touch Payroll, our team of Payroll Advisers will ensure that your entire payroll process is compliant no extra work on your behalf. With the ability for employees to lodge their timesheets online, one touch approval and very competitive rates for salon owners, HABA Payroll provides an easy system for business owners to use to pay their staff and comply with new regulation, without any extra work on your side. Sign up for HABA Payroll by clicking here.


As a member of HABA, salon owners can feel secure in the knowledge that they are represented by the industry association that truly has their best interests at heart. Members of HABA are kept up-to-date on all changes to the award and HABA is the only industry association that regularly and directly oppose changes or suggested changes to the Hair & Beauty Award, protecting salon owners from changes that would put unfair strain on your business. Support the industry association that supports you and become a HABA member today.



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