30 June 2015

Increase in Minimum Wage

From 1 July 2015 the national minimum wage award will increase by 2.5%.  It will apply from the first fill pay period starting on or after 1 July.


Employees on the national minimum wage will see their base wage increase to $656.90 per week (a rise of $16), or $17.29 per hour (a rise of 0.42c per hour).  The weekly rate is based on a 38 hour week for a full-time employee.


The 2.5% increase will apply to employees who receive their pay rates from the national minimum wage, a modern award or sometimes, through a registered agreement.  It will apply to minimum wages in modern awards for junior employees, employees to whom training arrangements apply and employees with a disability, as well as piece rates, through the operation of the methods applying to the calculation of those wages.  The increase will also affect allowances under modern awards that are calculated on the award wage rates. 


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