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Meal Allowances

All employees covered under the Tasmanian State Service Award, the TasTAFE Teaching Staff Award and the Teaching Service (Tasmanian Public Sector) Award are entitled to meal allowances in certain circumstances.

The relevant rates are:

 Breakfast $14.35 

These relevant provisions are:

PART IV (6) of the Teaching Service (Tasmanian Public Sector) Award.

PART IV (2) of the Tasmanian State Service Award.

PART IV (4) of the TasTAFE Teaching Staff Award.

Each of these provisions enable an employee to claim a meal allowance in the following circumstances:

  • When an employee is required to commence duty one and a half hours or more before or remain on duty for one and a half hours or more after the normal hours of duty which requires a meal to be obtained away from home, you are to be paid a meal allowance at the rates provided.
  • If you are required by your employer to undertake duties more than 60 kilometres from your normal work location and you are required to purchase breakfast or an evening meal  you are entitled to the allowance at the rates provided;
  1. In respect of breakfast, duties commenced one and a half hours or more before your normal starting time and;

2. In respect of dinner, duties are performed one and a half hours or more after the employees normal finishing time.

You are not entitled to a meal allowance if you work overtime on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday with pay if you have received notice of this the previous day or earlier.

If for some reason you have incurred expenses in excess of these rates, these expenses “may” be paid if the employer considers there are special circumstances that justify the excess expense. It is recommended that you keep your receipts.

If you are unsure about your eligibility then talk to your AEU rep or contact us on (03) 6234 9500 or at

The rates contained above are derived from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Taxation Determination TD2020/5 Table 1. These rates are to be adjusted from July 1 each year by taking 50% of the appropriate ATO determination for meals in Table 1 of that determination, rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

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