2020 changes to the Restaurant Award

Recent changes to the Restaurant Award

The Fair Work Commission (Commission) have announced changes to several clauses of the Restaurant Award which will come into effect 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.

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.

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:

The Restaurant Award has been updated to include all the changes and more details can be found at https://www.fairwork.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/awards/changes-to-awards-in-2020

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