21. Entitlement to breaks

21.1  Staff members are entitled to breaks for meals, morning/afternoon tea, safety and changing time for purpose of washing and changing in accordance with the following table.

Type of break Qualification Entitlement Condition
Meal Professional staff Not less than 30 minutes after 5 consecutive hours of work Meal break does not count as time worked
Shift worker Not less than 20 minutes during the first 5 hours of shift Meal break is counted as time worked
2 hours overtime continuing after completing ordinary hours of work Additional break not more than 1 hour and meal allowance at rate specified in clause 28.20 Meal break does not count as time worked
Tea Professional staff 10 minutes each morning and afternoon Tea breaks counted as time worked except where local agreements supersede.
Safety When emergency work is undertaken or overtime worked in technical or similar areas 20 minutes on completion of every 4 hours of work Safety breaks counted as time worked
Changing Time for purpose of washing and changing Where working conditions require 5 minutes prior to breaks and completion of work Counts as time worked – local agreements may supersede.