Location Allowance for employees in regional areas

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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for profit bodies that are not trading or financial corporations.  The Guide to who is in the WA State System has more detail.

This information does not apply to any business which operates as a Pty Ltd business and is a trading or financial corporation nor to any incorporated association or not for profit body that is a trading or financial corporation. These businesses and organisations are in the national fair work system and should visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on employment laws. 

Many WA Awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The WA awards which require location allowance to be paid are listed at the end of this page.

The dollar amount of location allowance varies by town. The towns where location allowance must be paid and dollar amounts for each town are listed at the end of this page.

Junior employees, casual employees, part time employees and apprentices must be paid proportionate location allowance based on the proportion which their weekly wage is to the adult rate under the relevant WA award.

Location allowance is paid when an employee is on annual leave.  If an employee goes on long service leave (or any other approved leave with pay, other than annual leave), location allowance must be paid for any time they remain in the town in which they are employed.

If an employee has a dependant spouse or de facto partner (or child if there is no spouse or defacto partner) the employee is entitled to receive double the allowance specified for the relevant town except if the dependant also receives a location or district allowance payment as part of his or her own employment.  In this situation only an additional amount equal to any difference between what the dependant receives and the location allowance for that town must be paid to the employee.

If an employee receives free board and lodging, or is paid an allowance for board and lodging, the rate of location allowance is adjusted to 66.66 per cent of the full entitlement for the relevant town.

Location allowance is adjusted each year. The rates listed here apply from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2017.  

Contact Wageline if you have questions about location allowance.

WA awards containing location allowance requirements as at 1 July 2017

Aerated Water and Cordial Manufacturing Industry Award 1975

Aged and Disabled Persons Hostels Award 1987

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry (Construction and Servicing) Award No. 10 of 1979

Animal Welfare Industry Award

Artworkers Award

The Australian Workers Union Road Maintenance, Marking and Traffic Management Award

Bakers’ (Country) Award

Breadcarters (Country) Award

Building Trades Award

Building Trades (Construction) Award

Child Care (Out of School Care - Playleaders) Award

Children's Services (Private) Award

Cleaners and Caretakers Award

Cleaners and Caretakers (Car and Caravan Parks) Award

Clerks' (Accountants' Employees) Award

Clerks (Commercial, Social and Professional Services) Award

Clerks' (Customs and/or Shipping and/or Forwarding Agents) Award

Clerks' (Hotels, Motels and Clubs) Award

Clerks (Timber) Award

Clerks (Unions and Labor Movement) Award

Clerks' (Wholesale & Retail Establishments)

Clothing Trades Award

Contract Cleaners Award

Contract Cleaners' (Ministry of Education) Award

Crisis Assistance, Supported Housing Industry - Western Australian Interim Award

Dental Technicians' and Attendant/Receptionists’ Award

The Draughtsmen's, Tracers', Planners' and Technical Officers' Award

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Award

Earth Moving and Construction Award

Electrical Contracting Industry Award

Electrical Trades (Security Alarms Industry) Award

Electronics Industry Award

Engine Drivers' (Building and Steel Construction) Award

Engine Drivers' (General) Award

Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award

Foremen (Building Trades) Award

Funeral Directors' Assistants' Award

Furniture Trades Industry Award

Gate, Fence and Frames Manufacturing Award

Golf Link and Bowling Green Employees' Award

Hairdressers Award

The Horticultural (Nursery) Industry Award

Industrial Spraypainting and Sandblasting Award

Independent Schools Administrative and Technical Officers Award

Independent Schools (Boarding House) Supervisory Staff Award

Independent Schools Psychologists and Social Workers Award

Independent Schools' Teachers' Award

Landscape Gardening Industry Award

Licensed Establishments (Retail and Wholesale) Award

Local Government Officers’ (Western Australia) Interim Award

Meat Industry (State) Award

Metal Trades (General) Award

Motel, Hostel, Service Flats and Boarding House Workers' Award

Motor Vehicle (Service Station, Sales Establishments, Rust Prevention and Paint Protection), Industry Award

Municipal Employees (Western Australia) Interim Award

Nurses' (Day Care Centres) Award

Nurses (Dentists Surgeries) Award

Nurses (Doctors Surgeries) Award

Nurses’ (Independent Schools) Award

Nurses' (Private Hospitals) Award

Pastrycooks' Award

Pest Control Industry Award

Photographic Industry Award

Private Hospital Employees' Award

Quarry Workers' Award

Radio and Television Employees' Award

Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers' Award

Retail Pharmacists’ Award

The Rock Lobster and Prawn Processing Award

School Employees (Independent Day & Boarding Schools) Award

Security Officers' Award

Sheet Metal Workers' Award

The Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) State Award

Social and Community Services (Western Australia) Interim Award

Teachers' Aides' (Independent Schools) Award

Timber Yard Workers Award

Transport Workers (General) Award

Transport Workers (Mobile Food Vendors) Award

Transport Workers' (North West Passenger Vehicles) Award

Transport Workers' (Passenger Vehicles) Award

Western Australian Surveying (Private Practice) Industry Award

Amount of location allowance - by town 

Table of Location Allowance by town

TOWN

LOCATION ALLOWANCE PER WEEK FROM 1 JULY 2017

Agnew

$21.30

Argyle

$57.00

Balladonia

$22.00

Barrow Island

$37.10

Boulder

$9.10

Broome

$34.30

Bullfinch

$10.00

Carnarvon

$17.60

Cockatoo Island

$37.60

Coolgardie

$9.10

Cue

$21.90

Dampier

$29.90

Denham

$17.60

Derby

$35.70

Esperance

$6.20

Eucla

$23.90

Exmouth

$31.30

Fitzroy Crossing

$43.30

Halls Creek

$50.00

Kalbarri

$7.60

Kalgoorlie

$9.10

Kambalda

$9.10

Karratha

$35.90

Koolan Island

$37.60

Koolyanobbing

$10.00

Kununurra

$57.00

Laverton

$21.80

Learmonth

$31.30

Leinster

$21.30

Leonora

$21.80

Madura

$23.00

Marble Bar

$55.20

Meekatharra

$18.90

Mount Magnet

$23.70

Mundrabilla

$23.50

Newman

$20.50

Norseman

$18.80

Nullagine

$55.10

Onslow

$37.10

Pannawonica

$27.80

Paraburdoo

$27.70

Port Hedland

$29.70

Ravensthorpe

$11.30

Roebourne

$41.30

Sandstone

$21.30

Shark Bay

$17.60

Southern Cross

$10.00

Telfer

$50.80

Teutonic Bore

$21.30

Tom Price

$27.70

Whim Creek

$35.50

Wickham

$34.30

Wiluna

$21.60

Wyndham

$53.40

 

Record keeping

All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay received by employees.

Learn more on the record keeping requirements page 

 

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