The Fair Work Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages.
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website states that the new national minimum wage will be rolled out in three stages by industry. The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2020 for frontline healthcare and social workers, teachers, childcare, and other essential services. The award increase for those in construction, manufacturing, and other such industries will start on or after 1 November 2020. For the accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services, aviation, retail, and tourism industries, the award increase will apply from or after 1 February 2021.
The increase applies to employees who are paid the minimum wage, or are paid under a modern award or a registered agreement, however it does not apply to employees who are already getting paid more than the new minimum wage.
The increase is lower than that of last year’s. The minimum wage increased by 3.3 percent in 2017, 3.5 percent in 2018 and 3.0 percent last year.
The Fair Work Ombudsman will update their pay and condition tool with the new pay rates this month.
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