What is Leave Loading?

Some employees are entitled to leave loading when they take time off work. But what is leave loading, and are you eligible for it?

Every full-time employee in Australia is entitled to four weeks (20 business days) of paid annual leave per year they’ve worked. Under Australian law, you’re entitled to be paid at your normal rate of pay during your holiday period – but some awards, agreements, and employers pay an additional loading percentage on top of one’s basic wage. This additional pay is known as leave loading.

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What is leave loading?

Leave loading is an extra payment  that entitled employees receive whilst on annual leave; usually an extra 17.5% on top of their normal wage according to Law Access NSW. Leave loading is a common feature in some industry awards in Australia, but not all employees are entitled to it. Be sure to check with your employee to see if you’re entitled to leave loading.

Who is entitled to leave loading?

Leave loading is a legal entitlement in some industry awards. An award is a legal document setting out minimum rates of pay and employment conditions for a particular industry. According to Fair Work Australia, there are 122 different awards in effect which cover most of Australia’s working population.

Some examples of industries whose awards include leave loading include: building and construction, trades, manufacturing, hospitality, hair and beauty and real estate. To find out which award covers your occupation and to see if you’re entitled to leave loading, go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

How do I receive leave loading?

According to Law Access NSW, if you’re eligible your leave loading will be added on to your regular wage which you would otherwise receive whilst on annual leave. Depending on your employer, this may be paid before, during or after your time away, and will typically be paid at least monthly.

Depending on what stage of your life you’re at, a consideration could be taking some of your extra leave loading pay and putting it into your super. That being said, it’s important you’re with the best-value super fund for your personal circumstances – you can compare funds with Canstar.

The following table contains details of the superannuation funds rated by Canstar based on someone aged 30-39. This table has been sorted by three-year performance (highest to lowest)

Please note that the performance information shown in the table is for the investment option used by Canstar in rating of the superannuation product.

If the products displayed above aren’t suited to your needs, you can use the Canstar superannuation comparison tool to generate a comparison of superannuation products better suited to your individual circumstances.

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