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Nightfillers face unique workplace pressures at work – which is why we’ve built protections into SDA Agreements for nightfillers.

Breaks help you stay safe by keeping you alert.

Breaks are not optional and employers may not deny you a break because of staff shortages; nor can they reduce the break to less than provided for in your Agreement.

Check your workplace agreement or the Award for your break entitlements.

A carton count is the rate at which nightfillers get stock out onto the shelves and should only be used as a guideline.

  • You should not be placed under pressure to work at an excessive or unsafe pace
  • You cannot be disciplined for solely having a low carton count.
  • Each worker has a different capacity and employers should take into consideration all relevant circumstances when assessing workers’ carton counts.

If you agree to stay on after your shift has officially ended, you should be paid rates for all time worked after your rostered shift ends.

You should receive overtime rates for any work done outside of your rostered hours subject to your Agreement.

If you can’t – or choose not to – stay back after your rostered shift has ended, you cannot be penalised in any way.

Most SDA-negotiated Agreements include a clause to ensure procedures are in place so that workers can arrive at and leave work safely and have access to safe transport home.

It’s always a good idea to leave your workplace in groups, or be escorted to your car.

If you are concerned about your safety leaving work after your shift, contact your local SDA branch for assistance.

You can find the contact details of your local SDA branch here.

Manual handling can cause a large number of workplace injuries.

You should be provided with manual handling training.

It’s important to always follow correct manual handling procedures.

If you suffer an injury at work, tell your direct manager as soon as possible and do not continue to work.

Contact the SDA for advice and assistance if required.


The SDA understands that nightfillers face unique workplace pressures and we are here to help.


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