Professional Employees Award 2020 (MA000065)

This article provides guidelines about when to use the different work types and tags that are included as part of the pre-built Professional Employees Award 2020 package. For further information about the Professional Employees Award 2020, refer to: Professional Employees Award.

Key updates

  Select the current financial year tab to see award updates for the 2024/25 financial year, while all previous updates before this time you can find in the historical financial years tab.

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July 2024


We have updated the award to reflect the Fair Work Commission's National Minimum Wage increase detailed in the Annual Wage Review 2023-24 decision and also includes updates to expense-related allowances. You can find more information on the Determinations here and here.

These changes come into effect from the first full pay period on or after the 1st July 2024. Please install these updates after you have finalised your last pay run before the first full pay period beginning on or after the 1st July 2024.

All rule sets has been updated to include a rule for Paid Family Domestic Violence Leave.


This award generally covers employers throughout Australia with respect to their employees performing professional engineering and professional scientific duties. Please see section 4 of the award for more details on the scope of coverage of this award.

Installing the pre-built award package

For details on how to install and configure this pre-built award template, please review the detailed help article here.

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Work types

The below lists and explains the work types an employee can select on their timesheet.

A - F
Annual Leave taken. Choose this work type when annual leave was taken.
Community Service Leave taken. Choose this work type when community service leave was taken.
Compassionate Leave taken.

Choose this work type when a roster day off was taken.

G - L
Hours worked. Use this work type to represent ordinary hours, unless another work type is more specific.
Kilometres travelled. Enter the number of units travelled for business purposes. One unit is equivalent to 1 kilometre.
Leave without pay. Choose this work type when the employee has taken leave without pay.
Long Service Leave taken. Choose this work type when long service leave was taken.
M - R
Personal/Carer's Leave taken. Choose this work type when personal or carer’s leave is taken.
Public holiday not worked. Choose this work type when the day is a public holiday but the employee has a day off (permanent employees only).
RDO Leave taken. Choose this work type when a roster day off is taken.
S - Z
TIL Leave taken Choose this work type when time in lieu leave is taken.


The following tags are available for application to employees under the Professional Employees Award 2010.

S - Z
TIL. Choose this tag if the employee has agreed to receive time in lieu instead of pay for additional hours.

Further information

Time in Lieu Explanation

Time off instead of payment for overtime leave accrues at the same rate as the number of overtime hours worked. For example, an employee who worked two overtime hours has an entitlement to two hours’ time off. If you do take time off for overtime and the time off you intend, pay it out, you must pay at the overtime rate applicable to the overtime when worked

It also applies when you terminate an employee and you have to pay out the time. To pay it out correctly, you will need to record the overtime rate manually while you are processing the time in lieu accrual. We suggest that you record the overtime details in the Notes section of the leave accrual line in the pay run.

If you are required to pay out the time off for overtime either before termination or during termination, you can run a Pay Run Audit Report. It will show the pay runs for the employee where they accrued Time in Lieu, enabling you to determine the applicable rates. Next, you can run an Employee Payment History Report to determine if they took any of the time off for overtime. You can then determine the correct balance based on the number of hours by taking the equivalent to the overtime payment that you made.

Example: an employee who worked two (2) overtime hours at what would have been the rate of time and a half, is then entitled to three (3) hours of time off leave to be accrued. In our above example (the first accrual line of the screen shot) you would take 0.5 hours x 1.5 = 0.75 hours. Therefore, you will need to adjust the time-in-lieu balance by adding a further 0.25 hours (0.75 hours – 0.5 hours = 0.25 hours).

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