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FWC announces a 1.75% wage increase - with different start dates for different industries

The Fair Work Commission has released its 2020 Annual Minimum Wage Decision, awarding a 1.75% increase to the national minimum wage and award-reliant employees.

 

The FWC decision increases the national minimum wage to $753.80 - or $19.84 an hour. This constitutes an increase of $13.00 a week or 34 cents an hour.

 

 

 

All award rates of pay will increase by 1.75% with three operative dates which have been selected based on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The increase is less than the 4% sought by the ACTU, while both the ACCI and AiG called for a wage freeze.

 

The increase will be rolled out across three dates and employers should ensure they are aware of the date the increase applies depending on their award coverage as follows:

 

From 1 July 2020: "Group One" Awards which includes modern awards applying to frontline health workers, teachers and childcare workers and employees engaged in other essential services.

 

From 1 November 2020:

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