The Fair Work Commission has this morning handed down their hotly awaited (and highly political) decision in relation to minimum wage increases.

From 1 July 2022, wages will increase as follows:

  • Min wage for award-free employees will be $21.38 per hour or $812.60 per week (an increase of 5.2%).
  • Min award rates for award-covered employees will increase by 4.6% for individuals who earn at least $869.60 per week.For those who earn below this, their wage will increase by $40 per week.

These increases will be delayed until 1 October 2022 for a small group of awards (including the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 and Restaurant Industry Award 2020).

Time to update your pay practices - and don't forget to check employees on annualised salaries. With such a large award increase, annualised salaries may no longer cover award entitlements.

For any questions, please reach out.

Your friendly neighbourhood employment lawyer!

Kelsey Hunter