Fair Work Commission announces minimum wage pay rise from today

WAGES: Frontline health care workers on minimum wage are among those who can expect a pay rise from today.
WAGES: Frontline health care workers on minimum wage are among those who can expect a pay rise from today.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is reminding employers that the national minimum wage has increased today to $19.84 per hour (up from $19.49), or $753.80 per week (up from $740.80).

The Fair Work Commission announced a 1.75 per cent increase to the national minimum wage, following its annual wage review. This increase would apply from the first full pay period starting on or after today.

Employees covered by awards would also have base rates increased by 1.75 per cent, however, these increases to award wages would begin on three different dates for different groups of awards:

  • Group one awards such as frontline health care and social assistance workers; teachers and child care; and other essential services increase from today.
  • Group two awards such as construction, manufacturing and many other industries increase from November 1;
  • Group three awards such as accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services, aviation, retail and tourism increase from February 1 next year.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said workplaces were expected to ensure all their employees were paid at least the relevant minimum wage, in line with the Fair Work Commission's decision.

"The Fair Work Ombudsman has free online tools available to help employers comply with their workplace obligations, which have been updated to reflect the new pay rates," she said.

"We urge all businesses to use our 'Pay and Conditions Tool' to check the lawful minimum rates they need to pay their staff, or to contact us directly for free assistance," Ms Parker said.

"We encourage workers to use the Pay and Conditions Tool to check their rates of pay - and call us if they have any concerns. If workers are unsure which award applies to them, they can use the 'Find my Award' tool. For the latest workplace information, they can subscribe to what's most relevant to them."

The new minimum wages applied to any work an employee performed while in the JobKeeper scheme, if they got their pay rate from an award or the national minimum wage.

The Fair Work Ombudsman said it would enforce compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009, related legislation, awards and registered agreements and help employers and employees by providing advice and education on pay rates and workplace conditions.

The Fair Work Commission is the independent national workplace relations tribunal. It is responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, as well as a range of other workplace functions and regulation.

Employers and employees can visit fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for free advice and assistance. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.