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FWC announces a 3% wage increase - effective from 1 July 2019

The Fair Work Commission has released its 2019 Annual Minimum Wage Decision, awarding a 3% increase to the national minimum wage and award-reliant employees.

The FWC decision increases the national minimum wage to $740.80 – or $19.49 an hour. This constitutes an increase of $21.60 a week or 57 cents an hour.  All award rates of pay will increase by 3% with effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2019.

The FWC panel stated that while business conditions have moderated from the high levels in early 2018, the forecast is for continued growth in the economy and strong performance in the labour market. The panel considered that its forecast provided an opportunity to improve the living standards of those relying on award rates and the minimum wage. Noting the disproportionately large number of women in this group, the panel (consisting of five men and two women) expressed a belief that an increase would assist in reducing the gender pay gap.   

It was acknowledged that

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The FWC has announced increases in national minimum wage effective from 1 July 2017

The Fair Work Commission has released its 2017Annual Minimum Wage Decision, awarding a 3.3% increase to award-reliant employees.

The FWC decision increases the national minimum wage to $694.90 – or $18.29 an hour. This constitutes an increase of $22.20 a week or 59 cents an hour being the equivalent to 3.3% minimum wage increase. . All award rates of pay will increase by 3.3% with effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2017.

The FWC panel stated that company profit growth was strong among all industries and that labour productivity in the market sector grew more strongly across 2016 than it had in the previous 2 years.

It was acknowledged that the level of increase decided upon will not lead to inflationary pressure and is highly unlikely to have any measurable negative impact on employment.

Who is affected?

The 2017 Minimum Wage Decision applies to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system.

The Minimum Wage decision will notapply to:

  • employers who are sole
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The Fair Work Commission has released its 2015 Annual Minimum Wage Decision on Tuesday, 2 June 2015, awarding a 2.5% increase to Award-reliant employees.

The FWC decision increases the national minimum wage to $656.90 per week, or $17.29 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $16.00 per week or 42 cents per hour being the equivalent of a 2.5% minimum wage increase. All award rates of pay will increase by 2.5% with effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2015. 

The FWC panel acknowledged the significant reduction in inflation and aggregate wages growth since the last minimum wage review, and stated that this was a factor in the more modest increase in the minimum wage.

Who is affected?

The 2015 Minimum Wage Decision applies to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system. 

The Minimum Wage decision will not apply to: 

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