Updated: Oct 11, 2021
It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has had a large impact on our day-to-day life, and even less of a surprise that it’s had a profound economic impact. As a result, in a media release on 1 July, the Fair Work Commission made the decision to not increase the minimum wage in all modern awards on 1 July as it normally would, instead opting to split them into 3 separate groups. A full summary of the Annual Wage Review has been published.
Group one awards increased on 1 July 2020 and included Frontline Health Care & Social Assistance Workers; Teachers and Child Care; and other Essential Service.
Group two awards increased on 1 November 2020 and included Construction; Manufacturing and many other industries.
Group three awards increase on 1 February 2021 and include Accommodation and Food Services; Arts and Recreation Services; Aviation; Retail and Tourism.
For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the new National Minimum Wage is $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour. This applied from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2020.
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