Travelling Allowance - Categories of Accommodation

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Description: Impact on travel allowance entitlements through amendment to categories of accommodation types.

Travelling Allowance - Categories of Accommodation

WA Health Industrial Instruments (Awards and Agreements) generally enable employees, who undertake travel on official business, to claim travelling allowances.  In most cases, when the travel on official business necessitates an overnight stay and the employee is fully responsible for their own accommodation, meal and incidental expenses, the relevant Industrial Instrument prescribes:

  • A daily rate where the overnight accommodation is in a “hotel or motel” ; and
  • A lesser daily rate where the overnight accommodation is in “other than a hotel or motel”.

The wording of these Industrial Instruments do not typically reflect contemporary descriptions of the various forms of “hotel or motel” type accommodation and may give rise to confusion about an employee’s entitlement to claim a travelling allowance.

Accordingly, where an Industrial Instrument entitles an employee to claim a travelling allowance in the form described above, the provisions contained in the Industrial Instrument are to be applied as follows:

  1. The “hotel or motel accommodation” rate is to be applied where commercial accommodation, including but not limited to hotels, motels, serviced apartments, bed and breakfasts and self-contained forms of accommodation, is utilised.
  2. The “other than hotel and motel accommodation” rate is to be applied where non-commercial accommodation is utilised, such as with family and or friends.

All other respects of the application of the travelling allowance provision contained in the relevant Industrial Instrument are to remain unchanged.

Copies of the relevant Industrial Instruments can be accessed at http://www.health.wa.gov.au/awardsandagreements.

Any enquiries regarding this circular can be sent to labour.relations@health.wa.gov.au.


Dr Neale Fong
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Date of effect: 30 March 2007 to 01 July 2017

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