Minimum wage increases today

National minimum wage increases to $19.84 per hour (up from $19.49), or $753.80 per week (up from $740.80).

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is reminding employers that the national minimum wage has increased today to $19.84 per hour (up from $19.49), or $753.80 per week (up from $740.80).

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a 1.75 per cent increase to the national minimum wage, following its Annual Wage Review. This increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after today.

Employees covered by awards will also have base rates increased by 1.75 per cent, however, these increases to award wages begin on three different dates for different groups of awards:

  • Group one awards such as frontline heath care and social assistance workers; teachers and child care; and other essential services increase from today (1 July 2020);
  • Group two awards such as construction; manufacturing and many other industries increase from 1 November 2020;
  • Group three awards such as accommodation and good services; arts and recreation services; aviation; retail and tourism increase from 1 February 2021.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said workplaces are expected to ensure all their employees are paid at least the relevant minimum wage, in line with the Fair Work Commission’s decision.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman has free online tools available to help employers comply with their workplace obligations, which have been updated to reflect the new pay rates.”

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