National Minimum Wage Increase

The Fair Work Commission announced a 1.75% increase to the National Minimum Wage Order following its 2020 Annual Wage Review.  However, because of the impact of Covid 19 on the Australian economy the increase in Award rates of pay have been deferred for most Awards as detailed below.

The new national minimum wage will be $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour.  The increase applies to modern awards in 3 stages, which start from the first full pay period on or after:

Group 1 Awards – from 1 July 2020

  • Frontline Health Care & Social Assistance Workers
  • Teachers & Child Care
  • Other Essential Services

Group 2 Awards - from 1 November 2020

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • A range of other industries

Group 3 Awards – from 1 February 2021

  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Arts & Recreation Services
  • Aviation
  • Retail
  • Tourism

Pay rate increases for Wagemaster supported Awards (Registered & Licensed Clubs, General Retail Industry, Hospitality Industry (General) and Restaurant Industry) will not take effect until 1 February 2021.  Updated files for these changes will be provided in January 2021.

If you’re not sure which award applies, you can use Find my award.

For anyone not covered by an award or an enterprise agreement, the new national minimum wage will be $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour. This applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020.

However, there are some minor changes to modern awards effective from 1 July 2020 and we have updated our Award (pdl) files with these changes.

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