Per Diem (latin for ‘per day’ or ‘for each day’) or ‘living away from home allowance’ is a daily allowance for expenses that employers pay employees to cover living expenses when travelling for work.
To be eligible, the employee must be travelling away from their place of residence. There are a number of exemptions such as if the employee is engaged to work in a single location for a specific timeframe of 12 months or more, or if they are engaged for a local show (a show that is playing in one city and is engaging employees from that city).
Travel allowances apply while the employee is on tour and includes days on which the employee is travelling from their place of residence or back to their place of residence. Travel allowances are usually paid in advance and include a meals allowance and an incidentals allowance. Travel allowances have a daily rate with a maximum weekly cap, but when an employee is travelling for 5 days or more, then the weekly maximum amounts will apply.
The award for performing arts touring is set by Live Performance Australia Award, and was updated 1 July 2017. arTour highly recommend you review all of the allowances outlined in the award and have included a snapshot of the Travelling Allowances below.
Meals: $55.53 per day up to a maximum of $277.58 per week
Incidentals: $15.13 per day up to a maximum of $75.77 per week
Total Meals & Incidentals: $70.66 per day up to a maximum of $353.35 per week