Award Interpretation

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Tanda’s Award Interpretation software doesn't just calculate staff pay, it visually shows you the breakdown! Our system reduces your burden of knowing the ins and outs of the Modern Award or Enterprise Agreement by automatically managing these for you.


What is Award Interpretation?

Award Interpretation is the process of translating awards for your employees according to Fair Work’s standards. Award rates dictate the amount an individual should be paid for their work.

Factors such as total hours worked, penalty rates, specific time periods, and special duties must all be accounted when interpreting and calculating employee rates.

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Standard Rates
Overtime Calculations
Complex Arrangements
Standard Rates

Saturday, Sunday, public holiday penalty rates
Eg. base hourly x 1, Saturday x 1.5, Sunday x 2, public holiday x 2.5

Coverage for full time, part time & casual
Eg. casual x 1.25, casual Saturday x 1.75, casual public holiday x 2.75

Early morning, afternoon & night shifts
Eg. Shifts starting after 6pm and ending before 2am

Automatic & manual allowances
Eg. laundry allowance for each shift or manually entered KM’s

Overtime Calculations

Outside the span of hours
Eg. pay for the time worked before 7am or after 7pm as overtime

Daily overtime
Eg. working 10+ hours per day or 76+ per fortnight

Pay period overtime
Eg. pay overtime if over 152 hours are worked in a 4 week period

2 levels of overtime
Eg. the first 2 hours of overtime paid x 1.5 then additional hours x 2

Overtime based on Roster
Eg. pay for 1 hour of overtime when employee rostered 2-5pm, but works 2-6pm

Working beyond agreed part time hours
Eg. employee engaged to work 20 hours with additional hours paid as overtime

Complex Arrangements

Minimum shift lengths
Eg. casual employees work a minimum of 3 hour shifts on weekdays

Higher duties
Eg. pay employees at a higher base rate dependent on the duties performed

Minimum rest period between shifts
Eg. double time under 10 hour rest between shifts

Split shifts
Eg. pay a $5 allowance when there are 2 shifts on the same day with a 2 hour difference

Call backs
Eg. pay for the time worked after returning for the day at a higher rate

Base rate add-ons
Eg. include a leading hand allowance of $2.70 in the employee’s base rate


Annual, sick & other leave export
Eg. any type of leave can be requested, approved and exported

Eg. add 2 hours to a TOIL balance in lieu of paying overtime

RDO accrual
Eg. accrue 0.4 hours towards an RDO for every day worked

Leave balances
Eg. John has a total of 22 hours available for annual leave


Ordinary (with super) vs. non-ordinary
Eg. report on hours/cost based for ordinary vs. non Or-ordinary (overtime, no super) hours

Add super and other on-costs
Eg. reports include costings for superannuation, WorkCover, as well as leave accruals & claim


Modern Award variations
Eg. use the Hospitality Modern Award but pay above rates

Individual/custom agreements
Eg. pay a single employee $22 per hour on weekdays and $35 on weekends

RDO accrual
Eg. accrue 0.4 hours towards an RDO for every day worked

Flexible provisions
Eg. change the span of ordinary hours from 6am-6pm to 7am-7pm

Pay your employees right, everytime


Automatic Award Updates

Tanda automatically updates the award template in compliance with Fair Work Commission and Fair Work Ombudsman’s policy changes, ensuring you’re paying your staff the correct rate.


Automatic Pay Item Management

Tanda automatically creates pay items and exports them to your payroll software, making it easy for you and your accountant to track where your costs are going.


Automatic Updates on Birthdays

Tanda stores employee details and automatically updates employee award rates as they get older, so all you have to do is remember to wish them a happy birthday.


Ordinary vs. Non-ordinary

Split ordinary from non-ordinary hours so you can track how much super to pay them without any complex calculations


Allowance and Penalties

Tanda allows you to automate allowances and penalties whether customized or straight from the union contract. Employees will be paid correctly for their late night shifts for working on the weekends


Overtime Management

Tanda enables you to calculate overtime on entitlements on a weekly, fortnightly or four-weekly basis, saving you hours of complex and confusing calculations.




Easily account for and calculate Time off in lieu (TOIL) and rostered days off (RDO) so staff are paid accurately for any extra time they work, while you track the costs.


Multiple Pay Rates

Tanda allows you to offer multiple pay rate options for each employee. This means employees can switch duties and responsibilities as much as they want but will still be paid their respective rates for each duty.


Rate Customisations

Tanda’s interactive software allows you to build your own to match your enterprise agreement or customise your own award rates on top of the Fair Work compliance rates. Reward your staff with ‘above award’ rates and accurately calculate them every time.

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Award Templates

Tanda’s robust award interpretation engine completely automates the calculation process for award rates, no matter what industry you’re in. See some of our pre-built Australian award templates:

aged care

Aged Care


amusement events recreation

Amusement, Events and Recreation


children's services

Children’s Services


clerks private sector

Clerks–Private Sector


commercial sales

Commercial Sales


dry cleaning laundry

Dry Cleaning and Laundry


fast food industry

Fast Food Industry


food beverage

Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing


general retail

General Retail


hair and beauty

Hair and Beauty


health professionals

Health Professionals and Support Services



Hospitality (General)


plant nursery









professional employees

Professional Employees


road transport

Road Transport and Distribution


registered licensed clubs

Registered and Licensed Clubs





storage services

Storage Services and Wholesale


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