​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

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Wages and entitlements

This topic is for peo​ple in NSW and has information about:

  • what payments you may be entitled to as an employee
  • when those payments should be made
  • what you can do if your employer does not make those payments.  

Alert icon  The information in this topic can help you if the national employment laws cover you. All employees working in NSW are covered unless they are employed by the NSW government, a local council, or a NSW state government owned corporation. If national employment laws do not cover you, you should get legal advice.


    Alert icon  If you have been dismissed, are worried you might be dismissed, or are having other problems at work, you should get legal advice. If you have been dismissed it may have been unfair or in breach of a general protection. If you are being bullied or discriminated against at work, you have other options.

    For more information about, see the Unfair dismissal and General protections dismissal pages. You generally only have 21 days from your last day of work to make an application for either.

    Right to wages and entitlements

    If you are an employee, you have a right to be paid wages and other entitlements. What you are entitled to will depend on:

    • the national employment standards
    • an award
    • an enterprise agreement
    • a contract of employment
    • entitlements in other legislation.

    For more information, see Right to wages and entitlements.

    What am I entitled to?

    As an employee, you may be entitled to be paid:

    • wages
    • overtime and allowances
    • bonuses and commissions
    • annual leave and leave loading
    • personal/carer's leave, compassionate leave
    • family and domestic violence leave
    • community service leave
    • parental leave
    • long service leave
    • superannuation
    • payment in lieu of notice
    • redundancy pay.

    When these entitlements should be paid, will depend on your circumstances.

    For more information, see What am I entitled to?

    What if my entitlements are not paid?

    If you are not paid your correct entitlements, there are steps you can take. You can contact your employer and explain what you believe you are owed and why. If your employer cannot pay you because they have gone out of business, you may still be able to recover some of what you are owed.  

    For more information, see What if my entitlements are not paid?

    Contacting the Fair Work Ombudsman

    If you believe you have not been paid your entitlements, you can ask the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) for assistance. In some cases, the FWO can:

    • organise mediation between you and your employer
    • investigate your case
    • help you start a court case
    • take further action against your employer.

    For more information, see Contacting the Fair Work Ombudsman.

    Starting a court case

    If you have not been paid your correct entitlements you may need to start a court case to recover the money you are owed. Most cases are started in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

    For more information, see Starting a court case.

    After court

    If you went to court and you and your employer came to an agreement and settled your case, or you won your case you may need to enforce the agreement or judgment if your employer still refuses to pay you. If you lost your case, you may be able to appeal.

    For more information, see After court.

    Who's who at court

    This section shows you what a typical courtroom looks like, who the different people are in the courtroom, and where you should sit, when you go to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

    For more information, see Who's who in court.

    Forms

    This section has instructions, sample forms, letters and a worksheet.

    For more information, see Forms – Wages and entitlements.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    This section has answers to common questions that you may have about your wage and entitlements.

    For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.


    Fur​ther inf​​ormation

    Fair Work Commission - Rights & obligations

    Fair Work Ombudsman - Family and domestic violence leave

    Fair Work Ombudsman - Flexible working arrangements

    Fair Work Ombudsman - Pay & wages

    Justice Connect - How to make a small claim under $20,000

    Legal Aid NSW - Employment Problems, Spot the Signs

    Legal Aid NSW - Ripped off - your rights about unpaid wages and entitlements at work