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Types of pay 

Gross pay

The amount you have earned before income tax and other deductions are subtracted from your pay.

Net pay

The amount of money you actually receive after your income tax and any other deductions have been taken out from your weekly earnings.

This is your money to spend or save! This is also sometimes called your 'take home pay'.

Adult rates of pay

The majority of awards and agreements set out an age at which all employees must be paid the full adult rate of pay. Typically this is 21 years of age, but can be younger under some awards.

Most awards make provision for adult and junior wages. Minimum rates for juniors tend to be lower than those for adults.

Junior rates of pay

Junior rates of pay are based on the age of an employee and are usually set as a percentage of the adult rate.