Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 (RTD Award)
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Ranking of competing awards
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Payment of wages
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Where an RDO does not apply (general transport)
Rostered Days Off (oil distribution)
Where RDO does not apply (oil distribution)
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Meal breaks during ordinary hours
Rest breaks during overtime
Meal allowance entitlements
Overtime and Penalty Rates
Overtime and Penalty Rates
Overtime rates
10 consecutive hours rest period after overtime
Standing–by (or on-call) rates
Transport reimbursement or travelling time payment after finishing overtime
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Public Holidays rates
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Casual employees engaged on shift work
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Public holiday shift
Public Holidays
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Annual leave
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Termination of employment
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Exceptions to the general rule on notice of termination
Job search entitlement
Employee resignation
Redundancy/severance pay
Redundancy/severance pay
Severance Payments in NSW
Exceptions to the general rule on redundancy pay
Job search entitlement
Reasonable alternative employment
Transitional provisions
Transitional provisions
Basic summary of the transitional wage provisions
Process clauses
Access to Award and National Employment Standards
Award flexibility
Facilitative flexibility arrangements
Consultation regarding major workplace change
Dispute resolution procedure
Appendix A: List of old Federal and State Awards subsumed in whole or in part by the RTD Award
Appendix B: Table of employee Classification Descriptors under Schedules B and C of the RTD Award
Appendix C: Transitional Provisions in the RTD Award
Appendix D - RTD Award Wages and Allowances Ready Reckoner
Appendix E - National Employment Standards not covered elsewhere in this Handbook
Meal breaks during ordinary hours Print
Road Transport & Distribution Award 2010 Handbook - Breaks

Sub-clause 26.4 provides an overiding direction that an employee must not be required or permitted to work longer than 5½ hours without a break for a meal.

For day workers, meal breaks during ordinary hours of work are unpaid and do not attract meal allowance.  An employee must be allowed a regular meal break during ordinary hours of work except where unforeseen extraordinary circumstances arise (sub-clause 26.1).

The meal break must be of regular duration. The duration of a meal break is minimum of 30 mins and maximum of 1 hour.

The meal break must commence at a point no earlier than 3½ hours and no later than 5½ hours after an employee’s fixed starting time of the ordinary hours of work.

If the meal break is not allowed, all time worked after the commencement time of the regular meal break until a break without pay for a meal time is allowed must be paid for at the rate of ordinary time, the payment to be in addition to any payment due in respect of a weekly or casual wage.


For more information, contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit the FWO website to submit your question.

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