Employees on the National Minimum Wage or covered by Awards will receive an increase to wages from 1 July 2022.
Following its Annual Wage Review 2021-2022, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has made 2 announcements:
According to the Fair Work Commission, 2,659,400 (23 per cent) of employees had their pay set by awards, while 805,200 award-reliant employees were “low paid”. Up to 184,000 employees in total are paid the national minimum wage, including 88,900 award-reliant employees, 79,200 employees on individual agreements and 15,900 employees covered by enterprise agreements.
In announcing the increase to the National Minimum Wage – which exceeded the government’s suggested 5.1 per cent increase – the Commission noted the impact of a “sharp increase in the cost of living”.
The decision sets the pay of at least 2.7 million Australians on the national minimum or awards and will come into effect from 1 July.
Here’s a summary of key changes:
National Minimum Wage Increase
The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement. From 1 July 2022, the National Minimum Wage will increase by $40 per week, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%.
The new National Minimum Wage will be $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour.
Award minimum wage increase
The FWC has announced that minimum award wages will increase by 4.6%, which is subject to a minimum increase for award classifications of $40 per week and based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.
This means minimum award wages:
When do the changes take effect?
The new National Minimum Wage will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022. This means if you have a weekly pay period that starts on Mondays, the new rates will apply from Monday 4 July 2022.
If you are covered by an award, award increases happen in 2 stages:
Need more details? Check out the FWC decision and summary.
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