From 1 July 2018, all employees paid under a modern award or paid the national minimum wage will be entitled to a pay increase.

01 June 2018 Topics: Transport and logistics, Family business, Workplace relations and safety

What are the increases?

The national minimum wage will increase to $719.20 per week (or $18.93 per hour). The weekly rate is based on a 38 hour week for a full-time employee. This constitutes an increase of $24.30 per week, or 64 cents an hour.

Additionally, minimum wages in all modern awards will increase by 3.5% from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018. Employers should check the updated wage rates in the applicable modern award.

The 3.5% increase will also apply to:

  • junior employees;
  • employees to whom training arrangements apply; and
  • employees with a disability.

Employers should also check if there are other additional costs in any piece rates or allowances that use the base rate of pay in the modern award for calculation.

Information about the minimum wage increases is available from: https://www.fwc.gov.au/documents/sites/wagereview2018/decisions/2018fwcfb3500.pdf or https://www.fwc.gov.au/awards-agreements/minimum-wages-conditions/annual-wage-reviews/annual-wage-review-2017-18.

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