Award Wage Increase

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2.5% increase to minimum wages

Following the Annual Wage Review 2021, the Fair Work Commission announced a 2.5% increase to the national minimum wage and all award wages. The increase to award wages is happening in 3 stages.

Most employees are covered by an award. If you’re not sure which award applies, use the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Find my award tool. If you’re covered by a registered agreement, you should check it to see whether this increase affects you.

The new national minimum wage for employees who are 21 years or over is $20.33 per hour or $25.41 for casual employees.

When will the increases apply?

The increase to the national minimum wage and most awards applied from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021.

The increase for the Retail Award will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 September 2021.

21 awards will increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2021.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool or the downloadable Pay Guides can help you find the applicable rates.

More information about the Annual Wage Review 2021 is available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

Fair Work Information Statement and Casual Employment Information Statement

When you start a job, your employer has to give you a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job.

If you’re a new casual employee, your employer also has to you a copy of the Casual Employment Information Statement at the same time. Please visit for more information.

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