Meal Allowance

A meal allowance is paid when a worker meets the requirements under the relevant award.

The below information is per the Building and Construction General Onsite Award 2020

21.2 Meal allowance

[21.2(a) varied by PR729462 ppc 01Jul21]

(a) An employee required to work overtime for at least 1.5 hours after working ordinary hours inclusive of time worked for accrual purposes as prescribed in clauses 17Shiftwork,or 16Ordinary hours of work and rostering arrangements,must be paid by the employer an amount of $15.96 to meet the cost of a meal.

(b) Clause 21.2 will not apply to an employee who is provided with reasonable board and lodging or who is receiving a distant job allowance as provided for in clause 25Living away from home—distant work,and is provided with a suitable meal.

[21.2(c) varied by PR729462 ppc 01Jul21]

(c) An operator employee will be entitled to be paid $15.96 for each meal after the completion of each 4 hours from the commencement of overtime.

A meal allowance is paid to a worker after the following conditions are met:





Meal allowance—all employees—overtime of at least one and a half hours



per meal

Meal allowance—operator employee—after completion of each 4 hours’overtime



per meal

Meal allowance—forward journey



per meal


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This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) and you.

MBANSW is the registered Group Training Organisation and Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)

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