A new national minimum wage 

As an international student, you have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia, including minimum rates you have to be paid, based on the work you do. 

Each year the Fair Work Commission reviews minimum rates of pay and decides whether they should be increased. This year, the Fair Work Commission announced a 3% increase to base rates of pay.

When do the new rates take effect?

The new pay rates will apply from the first full pay period after Monday 1 July 2019. This means if your pay week is from Wednesday to Tuesday, the new rates take effect from Wednesday 3 July.

What is the new rate?

The new national minimum wage is $19.49, or $24.36 for casual employees. Minimum pay rates for those covered by a modern award have also increased. Employees covered by a modern award can use the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool to find their new minimum pay rate. 

The increase won’t affect employees who are already getting paid more than the new minimum wages. 

What else is changing?

Some penalty rates in the following awards will also change from 1 July 2019:

  • Fast Food Industry Award 2010
  • General Retail Industry Award 2010
  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010
  • Pharmacy Award 2010

You can find out more about penalty rate changes at the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

Where can I find these new rates?

You can find your pay rates, penalty rates and allowances using the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool. If you’re not sure which award covers you, use Find my award.

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 online through the My account service. You can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 (13 14 50 for translating and interpreting service) on weekdays between 8am and 5.30pm.