Minimum wage rise kicks in today

Australia's new national minimum wage has increased to $19.49 per hour or $740.80 per week.

Australia’s new national minimum wage has today increased to $19.49 per hour (up from $18.93) or $740.80 per week (up from $719.20).

On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a three 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 1 July 2019.

The FWO is also reminding businesses that further changes to certain penalty rates in the hospitality, pharmacy, fast food and retail industries come into effect today, following determination from the FWC.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said workplace compliance issues are often traced back to employers failing to update rates of pay.

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

For employees covered by an award, base rates will also increase by three per cent today.

“We encourage workers who receive award wages, such as juniors, apprentices and trainees, to visit our Pay and Conditions Tool and familiarise yourself with your new rates of pay.

“If you are unsure which award applies to you, you can use our Find my award tool. Any workers with concerns about their pay should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman.”

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