Following its Annual Wage Review 2021-22 , the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has made 2 announcements:

  • the National Minimum Wage will increase by $40 per week, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%
  • Award Minimum 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.

 

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

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 Find my award.

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:

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

Read our examples below to understand how this wage increase will work in practice:

Example: Employee earning less than $869.60

John is a full-time employee working under the Manufacturing Award. He is a general factory hand with a classification of C14.

John’s weekly minimum wage before 1 July 2022 is $772.60.

As this weekly wage is below $869.60, he will receive a $40 increase in his weekly wage from 1 July 2022.

 

Example: Employee earning above $869.60

Hannah is a trade qualified employee working under the Manufacturing Award. She works at a higher level of C10.

Hannah’s weekly minimum wage before 1 July 2022 is $899.50.

As this weekly wage is above $869.60, her weekly wage will increase by 4.6% from 1 July 2022.

 

If you’re covered by a registered agreement, the minimum wage increase may apply. This is because the base pay rate in a registered agreement can’t be less than the base pay rate in the relevant award. Check your agreement by searching for it on the FWC website: Find an agreement .

 

When the increase starts

National Minimum Wage

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.

Awards

If you are covered by an award, award increases happen in 2 stages.

Most awards will increase 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. The affected awards are:

Aviation

  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award
  • Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award
  • Air Pilots Award
  • Airport Employees Award
  • Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016

Hospitality

  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award
  • Restaurant Industry Award

Tourism

  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award
  • Alpine Resorts Award

 

Changes to superannuation from 1 July 2022

In addition to an increase in minimum wages, there are changes to superannuation (super) you should know about taking effect from 1 July. This includes the:

If you want to understand your super obligations or entitlements, contact the ATO for help and advice at ATO – Contact us .

 

Originally published on fairwork.gov.au