Minimum Wage Increase from 1 July 2021

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Following the Annual Wage Review 2021, Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.5% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply to anyone who is paid minimum award wages or the national minimum wage. For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the new national minimum wage will be $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour.

When will this increase take effect?

  • The new national minimum wage will apply from 1 July 2021.
  • The award increase will happen in 3 stages.
  • The increase doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than their new minimum wage.
  • Most awards will increase from 1 July 2021.
  • Wages in the Retail Award will increase from 1 September 2021
  • Rates in 21 other awards where the FWC deemed there were exceptional circumstances will increase from 1 November 2021.

The awards that will increase from 1 November 2021 are:

  • 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 Awar

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