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Posted July 26, 2021

Casual hair and beauty employees are set to gain a pay rise of up to $92 per week by 2023. This is a 25% increase over 2 ½ years with the inclusion of a casual loading on top of existing penalty rates.


Hair and Beauty Australia (HABA) National President Maureen Harding said that the agreed change in rates was “fair and sensible” and recognised that many hair and beauty businesses were continuing to struggle from the effects of lockdowns and pandemic restrictions.


This change to penalty rates brings hair and beauty payments into line with other, equivalent sectors, and is made possible by HABA’s agreement with unions to phase in the increases and to keep casual loading for public holidays at the same rate.


HABA + our partners at Ai Group had previously approached the Fair Work Commission to reduce Sunday and Public Holiday pay rates for casuals, to afford salon owners the ability to operate with profit on those days. This claim was rejected in January 2021, with the commission saying that there were already provisions in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award that allowed for similar rates of pay for permanent and casual workers on weekends and that any change would not be consistent with its major penalty rates decision in 2017.


Subject to approval by the Fair Work Commission, weekend casual loading rates will increase in 5% increments from January 31, 2022, to December 31, 2023.


Union officials said the total increase would be $5.75 an hour, implemented in five $1.15 an hour increments. Casuals doing a single weekend shift would see their pay increase by $46 or $92 for both days.


HABA continues to represent salon owners at the Fair Work Commission to ensure that your best interests are represented at all levels of government. We are committed to a strong future for the Hair and Beauty Industry as a whole and recommend that all salon owners stay up to date with your requirements to your employees to ensure you avoid any penalties associated with the incorrect payment of staff in our industry.


Do you require further advice?
For information or assistance relating to the application of the Fair Work Commission’s decision, please contact the Hair and Beauty Australia Workplace Advice Line on (02) 9221 9911, which is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm AEST, or email on



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