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Following the Annual Wage Review 2022, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has made 2 announcements:

  • the National Minimum Wage will increase by 5.2%, which amounts to $40 a week
  • 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.

Below is a short summary of the changes. To read more detailed information, go to Get set for a minimum wage increase.

What you can do now

Get more detailed information about the changes (including examples) at Get set for a minimum wage increase.

Fairwork are currently working to update the pay tools, information and resources with the new rates. They expect to have these updated on 1 July 2022 for the first set of awards affected.

While their updating their website and tools, you can:

National Minimum Wage increase

From 1 July 2022, the National Minimum Wage will increase by 5.2%, which amounts to $40 a week.

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:

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

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.

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