National minimum wage increase
The National Minimum Wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or registered agreement. From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2023, the new National Minimum Wage for employees who are 21 years or over is $23.23 per hour, or $29.04 for casual employees.
Award minimum wages increase
Most employees are covered by an award. Awards are legal documents that outline the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment. If you’re not sure which award applies to you, use the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)’s Find my award.
This year, minimum award wages increased by 5.75%.
This increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2023. This means if your weekly pay period starts on Monday, the new rates will apply from Monday, 3 July 2023.
Free FWO webinars
The FWO also regularly hosts free webinars for employers and employees on different topics. In July and August, the FWO will host the following webinars:
- Workplace essentials for employees and jobseekers – including a guest speaker from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) – 13 July 2023 @2:00pm – 2:45pm AEST
- Understanding the Fair Work Information Statement and the Casual Employment Information Statement – 28 July 2023 @11:00am – 11:30am AEST
- Workplace essentials for young workers including international students – including a guest speaker from the Department of Home Affairs – 22 August 2023 @11:00am – 11:45am AEST
You are encouraged to register and attend these important information sessions as they are not recorded.
Got a question or want to stay up to date with information about workplace laws?
You can find out more information about your workplace rights and entitlements at the FWO’s website www.fairwork.gov.au. To keep up to date or if you have a question, you can: