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    fompsweeva is offline You take your car to work, I'll take my board.

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    Default Working away from home for a week - accommodation rights?

    Hey guys,

    I'll be working away from home for just over a week in just over a months time.

    The employer is providing shared accommodation but I am skeptical of this. For some reason I thought there was a requirement to have your own room.

    They are providing a room per 2 employees.

    The only official reference I can find to rooming is in this article:
    http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/conten...Guidelines.pdf

    "Dormitory type sleeping facilities are not acceptable - sleeping accommodation needs to be provided in accordance with Building Code of Australia provisions for non-related persons."

    Except you need to pay for access to the BCA.

    Does anyone have any insight here?

    Thanks
    -fomp

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    krafty is offline Banned

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    sounds fair, as long as it's not with the opposite sex & you get your own bed.
    Bathrooms have doors. If you want your own room pay for it yourself & then claim it on your tax at the end of the year.

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    I believe your own room is required. Even on remote mine sites where everyone are "menly men" they still provide seperate sleeping quarters.

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    Wally's Avatar Wally is offline King of the Carrot Flowers

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    Ask management if you can meet the person you will be staying with before you go, its only fair!

    If you really disagree with it take it to the union.

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    It depends on the travel policy of the individual company but you'll find sharing rooms is quite common.

    My old Company used to fly me Business Class on any flight > 5 hours. but even then I'd had to share rooms as there are some locations that have little to no appropriate accommodation

    Example BrainShare SLC. Try getting 8000 people into a city not designed for so many and you have no choice but to bunk up.

    What you should be entitled at a minimum is all expenses while away. Phone Calls, Meals, Snacks Laundry, etc. You might even want to look into ETT (Extra Travel Time) allowance if you work for a government dept.

    On lieu of expenses. You might be paid a per-diem instead

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    Wally's Avatar Wally is offline King of the Carrot Flowers

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    On my last business trip to Sydney (which I don't work for this company anymore as we had to pay $200 of the total cost + food which was promised for a business rally)

    I was bunked in a room with a guy I didn't know, he turned out to be O.K though.

    The company said not to take anything out of the mini bar.. What gives.

    So it turned out costing me a lot.

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    I always used to share when i worked at uni, most conference facilities work on that principle. We could specify who it was with though.

    Since working for a pvt company we get our own rooms, although for one event we tend to get a huge party house at Lorne.
    Successful trade with: Clockwork.....(and what a trade!)

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