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Minimum Wages Increase From 1 July 2022

This article is sponsored by Fair Work Ombudsman

National minimum wage increase

The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement. From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022, the new National Minimum Wage for employees who are 21 years or over is $21.38 per hour, or $26.73 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.

Minimum award wages increase by 4.6%, which is subject to a minimum increase for adult award classifications of $40 per week and based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee. This means minimum award wages:

  • above $869.60 per week, get a 4.6% increase
  • below $869.60 per week, get a $40 increase.

The award increases are happening in 2 stages. Most awards increased from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022. For some awards in the aviation, hospitality and tourism industries, the increase will happen from 1 October 2022.

You can use the FWO’s Pay and Conditions Tool to check your new minimum rates, and find out more about the increase at Minimum wages increase from 1 July 2022.

Free FWO webinars

The FWO also regularly hosts free webinars for employers and employees on different topics. In July, the FWO will host the following webinars:

You are encouraged to register and attend these important information sessions.

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: