Increase to the Minimum Wage

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This article is sponsored by Fair Work Ombudsman

As an international student, you have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia. This includes minimum wages that are based on the type of work you do or the industry you work in.

1.75% increase to minimum wages

The Fair Work Commission announced a 1.75% increase to the national minimum wage, following its Annual Wage Review. The new national minimum wage for employees who are 21 years or over is $19.84 per hour or $24.80 for casual employees. For employees who are not covered by an award or agreement, this increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2020. 

Employees covered by awards will also have base rates increased by 1.75%, but increases to awards will start on 3 different dates for different groups of awards.

When will the increases to award rates apply?

Most employees are covered by an award. If you are not sure which award applies to you, use the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Find my award tool.

Pay increases apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2020 for Group 1 Awards including:

  • Frontline health care and social assistance workers
  • Teachers and child care
  • Other essential services

Pay increases will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 November 2020 for Group 2 awards including:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • A range of other industries

Pay increases will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 February 2021 for Group 3 awards including:

  • Accommodation and food services
  • Arts and recreation services
  • Aviation
  • Retail 
  • Tourism

You can find your current minimum pay rate by using the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool or the downloadable Pay Guides.

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