New national minimum wage, award wages and allowances come into effect from July 2017 – Check it now!

The new national minimum wage

On 6 June, 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a 3.3% increase to minimum base rates of pay, making the new national minimum wage: $18.29 per hour, or $22.86 for casual workers. This change is applicable from the first full pay period on or after 1 July, 2017.

Where do I get the new rates?

The quickest way to get the new rates is through the Fair Work Ombudsman‘s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT). Just remember to set the date to 1 July.
You can also get the new award rates from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s downloadable pay guides.

Who do the new rates apply to?

The increase only applies to employees that get their pay rates from:
– the national minimum wage
– a modern award or
– a registered agreement (in some cases).

The increase won’t affect employees who are already getting paid more than the new minimum wages. Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website for more information on who the increase applies to.

Changes to penalty rates

Changes to penalty rates affect the Hospitality, Pharmacy, Fast Food, Retail and Restaurant industries and come into effect on 1 July, 2017. Read more about penalty rates on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

When do the new rates take effect?

The new pay rates apply from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2017. So, if your pay week is from Monday to Sunday, the new rates take effect on Monday 3 July.

Staying up-to-date

Follow the Fair Work Ombudsman on Twitter or like them on Facebook for regular updates about your workplace rights and obligations, answers to FAQs and other important news and information about your workplace.

Got a question?

Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman Infoline on 13 13 94 (13 14 50 for translating and interpreting service). Many people find it easier to submit an online enquiry through the Fair Work Ombudsman’s My account service.