Recent changes to the Restaurant Award

Recent changes to the Restaurant Award

As part of their Modern Award Review, the Fair Work Commission issued a final determination, changing several clauses of the Restaurant Award.
The changes applied from the first full pay period on or after 23 January 2020.

What's new?


Casual employees who work more than 10 hours are now entitled to the same number of paid meal breaks as full-time and part-time employees working the same shift. An employee can now also agree with their employer to take their unpaid meal break no later than 6 and a half hours after starting work.
You can view tailored industry information on the Commission’s Breaks page by selecting your industry in the drop down menu.

Competency-based progression for apprentices

In most cases, apprentices can now move up a level based on skills they’ve acquired against their training plan.
The Commission have updated the tailored industry information on the Apprentices entitlements page.

Tools allowance for cooks

Cooks will now be entitled to a tool allowance that was previously only provided for apprentice cooks.

Other changes

The decision also made minor changes to the following:

  • Clause 39 – No deduction for breakages or till shortages

The Restaurant Award has been updated to include all the changes.

More information

Read the Commission’s determination to see the full list of changes.

TANDI Members

This information does not require an update to our ready-to-use induction training (including relevant industry specific Safe Work Practice modules). If you would like changes or updates to your training library, please contact Mats at