National Minimum Wage increase and what it means for you

by | Jun 24, 2021 | Blog

On Tuesday, 15 June 2021 the Fair Work Commission announced in their Annual Wage Review 2021 that the National Minimum Wage would be increasing by 2.5%. Currently, the National Minimum Wage is $19.84 per hour or $753.80 per week for full time employees. The National Minimum Wage will now rise to $20.33 per hour or $772.60 per week for full time employees. This change will affect all workers that fall under full time, part time and casual work.

However, there are some conditions to the wage rise. The wage rise will not come for all industries after 1 July 2021, with three stages being implemented. Those industries that will have to wait for their wage rise are:

  • Those that fall under the Retail Award, the minimum wage will increase from the first pay period on or after 1 September 2021;
  • Those that fall under the following awards will have the minimum wage rise applied from 1 November 2021:
    • Pilots Award
    • Cabin Crew Award
    • Airline Ground Staff Award
    • Airport Award
    • Alpine Resorts Award
    • Amusement Award
    • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Award
    • Fitness Award
    • Hair and Beauty Award
    • Hospitality Award
    • Live Performance Award
    • Models Award
    • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award
    • Nursery Award
    • Racing Clubs Events Award
    • Racing Ground Maintenance Award
    • Registered Clubs Award
    • Restaurant Award
    • Sporting Organisations Award
    • Travelling Shows Award
    • Wine Award

We note that it will be important for employers to make sure that they are aware of the changes that are being implemented by the Fair Work Commission, and that they are paying their employees as per the new National Minimum Wage.

If this article has raised any concerns for you or your organisation please do not hesitate to contact either John Hayward or Kate Smith on (07) 4046 1124, for advice specific to your circumstances. 

This article was prepared with the assistance of Ruby Hedrick, law graduate.

Kate and John

WGC Lawyers

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