National Minimum Wage Increases: What This Means For You

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Here’s what you need to know about the wage increase implementation dates and whether or not it applies to your organisation.

As part of the annual minimum wage review, the Fair Work Commission announced on 15 June 2022, that the national minimum wage will increase by 4.6% for employees covered by the relevant modern awards and 5.2% for minimum wage employees who don’t fall under any specific modern award. 

While in previous years, the minimum wage became effective at the start of the new financial year (1 July), the Commission has opted to follow the strategy from last year to allow for a staggered introduction of the new minimum wage. This is to give organisations still suffering from the economic impact of COVID-19 sufficient time before the increase is promulgated into law. 

Here’s what you need to know about the implementation dates and whether or not the increase applies to your organisation.

The modern awards set to implement the national minimum wage increase on 1 October 2022 include: 

  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020
  • Restaurant Industry Award 2020
  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2020
  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2020
  • Airport Employees' Award 2020
  • Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award 2020
  • Air Pilots' Award 2020
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2020
  • Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016
  • Alpine Resorts Award 2020

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So, to ensure compliance with the minimum wage increase and subsequent allowance increases, keep an eye out for changes to the pay guide of the modern award that applies to your sector.

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In other words, the enterprise agreement can’t propose a minimum wage that is less than the modern award that underpins the agreement. So employers will need to ensure that they adjust the enterprise agreement to be in line with the national minimum wage changes. 

For example, if Laurel is a full-time junior administrative clerk that works 38 hours per week in terms of an enterprise agreement and currently gets paid $21.62 per hour and the Clerks' Private Sector Award proposes an increase of 4.6%, her enterprise agreement must be adjusted accordingly. Therefore, Laurel should expect to get paid at least $22.61 per hour.

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It’s worth taking note that, in addition to the national minimum wage increase, employers will now have to make super contributions amounting to 10.5% of their employees' wages.

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If you find that any of your employees are being paid below the minimum wage, you will need to increase their pay to comply with the law. Similarly, if you already pay your employees more than the minimum wage, you are not obliged to give them a pay rise. 

However, it is important to check that their allowance rates are still in line with the new minimum wage rates. By keeping on top of these changes, you can ensure that your business remains compliant with the law.

If this is all too much trouble and you'd rather automate the process like many of our clients, you can make the shift over to KeyPay cloud payroll by engaging us to help you transition from a manual to a cloud system seamlessly.

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