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Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review 2020 - Have you reviewed your awards?

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.

So what do you need to do?

  1. If you're not sure what award/s your employees are covered by, use the FWC Find My Award feature.

  2. Check the FWC announcement to see which award group you are included in.

  3. Follow our online documentation to update your Awards accordingly in e-PayDay.