Minimum wages increased from July

06 June 2011 Topics: Workplace relations and safety

Fair Work Australia’s minimum wage panel has announced a 3.4% increase in minimum wages effective from 1 July 2011.

National minimum wage

The national weekly minimum wage for award/agreement free employees will be increased by $19.40 per week to $589.30. This equates to an hourly rate increase from $15 per hour to $15.51 per hour.

Award minimum wages

  • Minimum wages across all modern awards will be increased by 3.4%.
  • Weekly wages will be rounded to the nearest 10 cents.
  • The increase will also apply to transitional instruments including all transitional APCSs, state reference transitional awards and division 2B state enterprise awards.

Casual Loading

  • The standard casual loading in modern awards will remain unchanged.
  • Casual loading for award/agreement free employees will be increased to 22%.

For more detailed information about how these changes will impact on your business please contact a Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers workplace relations team member.

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