The Fair Work Commission has today announced a minimum wage increase of 1.75%, with such a change coming into effect on one of three dates depending on which modern award covers the business.

For industries the Fair Work Commission considers to be less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase will be implemented on the first full pay period after 1 July 2020. For other industries the increase will be implemented on either the 1 November 2020 or the 1 February 2021, depending on the degree of impact the Fair Work Commission considers COVID-19 has had on the industry.

We set out below the relevant date of the increase for the various different awards below.

For employers not covered by any modern award, the ‘National Minimum Wage’ will rise from $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour up to $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour from 1 July 2020. This means $13.00 more per week or 35 cents per hour to the hourly rate.


What you need to do next

Employers should review their current rates of pay and work out whether they will be impacted by the changes. If they pay at, or close to, the current minimum wage, then there may well be a need to increase rates of pay.

Employers should remember that the Fair Work Act states that the base rate of pay paid to employees covered by an enterprise agreement cannot be less than the base rate of pay in the corresponding modern award, so there may well be a need to increase the wages of employees covered by an enterprise agreement too.

If you require any assistance with these calculations – or in determining which modern award(s) apply to your business – please contact Employment Innovations.


What date will the minimum wage change in my award?

Group 1 Awards: 1 July 2020

The modern award minimum wages in the awards listed below will be increased by 1.75% from the start of the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020.


Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award 2020 MA000115 Aged Care Award 2010 MA000018
Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award 2020 MA000098 Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020 MA000019
Cemetery Industry Award 2020 MA000070 Children’s Services Award 2010 MA000120
Cleaning Services Award 2020 MA000022 Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award 2020 MA000110
Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2020 MA000076 Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010 MA000077
Electrical Power Industry Award 2020 MA000088 Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020 MA000111
Funeral Industry Award 2010 MA000105 Gas Industry Award 2020 MA000061
Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020 MA000027 Medical Practitioners Award 2020 MA000031
Nurses Award 2010 MA000034 Pharmacy Industry Award 2020 MA000012
Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 MA000100 State Government Agencies Award 2020 MA000121
Water Industry Award 2020 MA000113


Group 2 Awards: 1 November 2020

The modern award minimum wages in the awards listed below will be increased by 1.75% from the start of the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2020.


Aluminium Industry Award 2020 MA000060 Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2020 MA000118
Aquaculture Industry Award 2020 MA000114 Architects Award 2020 MA000079
Asphalt Industry Award 2020 MA000054 Australian Government Industry Award 2016 MA000153
Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010 MA000001 Book Industry Award 2020 MA000078
Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award 2010 MA000091 Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 MA000020
Business Equipment Award 2010 MA000021 Car Parking Award 2020 MA000095
Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award 2020 MA000055 Clerks—Private Sector Award 2010 MA000002
Coal Export Terminals Award 2020 MA000045 Concrete Products Award 2020 MA000056
Contract Call Centres Award 2020 MA000023 Cotton Ginning Award 2020 MA000024
Dredging Industry Award 2020 MA000085 Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2020 MA000075
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 MA000025 Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010 MA000073
Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2020 MA000101 Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award 2020 MA000006
Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award 2020 MA000007 Horticulture Award 2010 MA000028
Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award 2020 MA000064 Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award 2020 MA000062
Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010 MA000029 Journalists Published Media Award 2010 MA000067
Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2020 MA000099 Legal Services Award 2020 MA000116
Local Government Industry Award 2020 MA000112 Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2020 MA000010
Marine Towage Award 2020 MA000050 Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award 2020 MA000086
Market and Social Research Award 2020 MA000030 Meat Industry Award 2020 MA000059
Mining Industry Award 2020 MA000011 Miscellaneous Award 2020 MA000104
Mobile Crane Hiring Award 2010 MA000032 Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award 2020 MA000072
Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2020 MA000063 Pastoral Award 2010 MA000035
Pest Control Industry Award 2020 MA000097 Pharmaceutical Industry Award 2010 MA000069
Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010 MA000036 Port Authorities Award 2020 MA000051
Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award 2020 MA000052 Poultry Processing Award 2020 MA000074
Premixed Concrete Award 2020 MA000057 Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award 2020 MA000108
Professional Employees Award 2020 MA000065 Rail Industry Award 2020 MA000015
Real Estate Industry Award 2020 MA000106 Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2020 MA000039
Road Transport and Distribution Award 2020 MA000038 Salt Industry Award 2010 MA000107
Seafood Processing Award 2020 MA000068 Seagoing Industry Award 2010 MA000122
Security Services Award 2020 MA000016 Silviculture Award 2020 MA000040
Stevedoring Industry Award 2020 MA000053 Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2020 MA000084
Sugar Industry Award 2020 MA000087 Supported Employment Services Award 2020 MA000103
Surveying Award 2020 MA000066 Telecommunications Services Award 2010 MA000041
Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010 MA000017 Timber Industry Award 2010 MA000071
Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2020 MA000042 Waste Management Award 2020 MA000043
Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award 2010 MA000044


Group 3 Awards: 1 February 2021

The modern award minimum wages in the awards listed below will be increased by 1.75% from the start of the first full pay period on or after 1 February 2021.


Air Pilots Award 2020 MA000046 Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2020 MA000047
Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award 2020 MA000048 Airport Employees Award 2020 MA000049
Alpine Resorts Award 2020 MA000092 Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2020 MA000080
Commercial Sales Award 2020 MA000083 Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2020 MA000096
Fast Food Industry Award 2010 MA000003 Fitness Industry Award 2010 MA000094
General Retail Industry Award 2010 MA000004 Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 MA000005
Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2020 MA000008 Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 MA000009
Live Performance Award 2010 MA000081 Mannequins and Models Award 2020 MA000117
Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2020 MA000093 Nursery Award 2020 MA000033
Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award 2020 MA000109 Racing Clubs Events Award 2010 MA000013
Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020 MA000014 Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010 MA000058
Restaurant Industry Award 2020 MA000119 Sporting Organisations Award 2020 MA000082
Travelling Shows Award 2020 MA000102 Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020 MA000089
Wine Industry Award 2010 MA000090


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