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Simplify award compliance using our trusted Award Interpretation

  • Automate key award wage calculations
  • Sync to payroll with one tap
  • Keep up with changing Fair Work rules
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An easier way to manage Fair Work requirements

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Set up award rates in a few clicks

Deputy can auto-fill key award entitlements for each employee, including penalty rates, overtime pay, and allowances.

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Automate wage calculations

Stressed about paying staff correctly? When your staff record timesheets with Deputy, our software can automate common award calculations.

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Connect to payroll, seamlessly

Reduce your admin workload. Sync award entitlements and timesheets directly with your payroll software from Deputy.

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Award updates

Keep up with changes to your industry's award

Whether you’re on the General Retail Industry Award or the Hospitality Industry General Award, it’s essential to stay on top of the latest changes. We regularly review and update awards as Fair Work rules change to keep you up-to-date.

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Wage costings

Build cost-efficient rosters with a clear view of your labour spend

Remove human error from your budgeting. View suggested award wage calculations for each employee you roster, compare it against your budget, and reduce unneeded overtime costs.

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Break planning

Simplify meal and rest break planning

Use Deputy to properly schedule meal and rest breaks for your staff while maintaining ideal coverage. Ensure staff take required breaks, at the right times, and automatically flag breaks that are missed.

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Hours of work limits

Ensure staff don’t work too many hours

Reduce staff burnout and overtime costs. Set maximum work hours, receive an alert if staff are at risk of being overscheduled, and easily find suitable replacements.

Need an outline of your award?

Click below for our full library of awards — or select one of our six most popular.

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Hospitality Industry

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General Retail Industry

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Restaurant Industry

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Registered and Licensed Clubs

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Fast Food Industry

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Animal Care and Vet Services

Frequently asked questions

  • What is award interpretation?

    Award Interpretation is the process of calculating the minimum legal amount of pay for hours worked, during a specific period of time, based on the relevant legal agreement — this legal agreement is usually called an 'award' or ‘modern award’. The calculation process involves assessment of base hourly pay rates, overtime pay rates, penalty pay rates, and allowances.

  • What is a modern award?

    A modern award sets out the minimum employment terms and conditions that an employer must comply with — on top of the National Employment Standards (NES). They include minimum wages, overtime and penalty rates, allowances, breaks, and hours of work. There are numerous awards that are specific to different industries and occupations.

  • Which award applies to me?

    Check the Fair Work website for guidance on which award applies to you. It’s also important to note that a business can be subject to more than one award depending on the different jobs their employees do.

Explore our help documents and guides

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Custom Awards Library

 This guide shows all our currently supported Custom Awards, how to apply them, and how to export them to your payroll system. 

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Edit Employee Pay Rates

 Assigning pay rates to employees can assist with building a costed schedule but can also be exported to ensure employees are paid properly. 

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Award Updates FAQ

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Deputy's award update process.