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Fair Work Commission Issues Decision to Increase National Minimum Wage

Annual Wage Review decision by Fair Work Commission has resulted in a 1.75% wage increase.

Today, the Annual Wage Review panel handed down its decision to increase the national minimum wage by 1.75%.

This brings the national minimum wage to $753.90 per week ($19.84 per/hour) effective 1 July 2020.

Taking into account various economic considerations, the annual wage review panel determined different operative dates for different groups of modern awards, as follows:

Award Group       Operative Date
Group 1 Awards    1 July 2020
Group 2 Awards    1 November 2020
Group 3 Awards    1 February 2021
The awards in each of these groups is set out below.

The Modern Award rates are yet to be published by the Fair Work Commission but rest assured as soon as they are made available we will notify all current Subscribers.

We urge all employers to check their payroll obligations to ensure that you are meeting the minimum wage obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009 and Modern Awards.

Subscribers will be provided with updated wage schedules – if you are not a subscriber and would like a copy of the wage schedule (fee applies) please contact us.

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
Aged Care Award 2010
Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award 2020
Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020
Cemetery Industry Award 2020
Children’s Services Award 2010
Cleaning Services Award 2020
Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award 2020
Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2020
Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010
Electrical Power Industry Award 2020
Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020
Funeral Industry Award 2010
Gas Industry Award 2020
Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020
Medical Practitioners Award 2020
Nurses Award 2010
Pharmacy Industry Award 2020
Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010
State Government Agencies Award 2020
Water Industry Award 2020
Australian Capital Territory Public Sector Enterprise Award 2016
Australian Federal Police Enterprise Award 2016
Christmas Island Administration Award 2016
Reserve Bank of Australia Award 2016
Northern Territory Public Sector Enterprise Award 2016
Nurses and Midwives (Victoria) State Reference Public Sector Award 2015
Nurses (ANMF – Victorian Local Government Award) 2015
Victorian Government Schools Award 2016
Victorian Government Schools – Early Childhood – Award 2016
Victorian Local Government (Early Childhood Education Employees) 2016
Victorian State Government Agencies Award 2015

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
Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2020
Aquaculture Industry Award 2020
Architects Award 2020
Asphalt Industry Award 2020
Australian Government Industry Award 2016
Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010
Book Industry Award 2020
Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award 2010
Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010
Business Equipment Award 2010
Car Parking Award 2020
Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award 2020
Clerks—Private Sector Award 2010
Coal Export Terminals Award 2020
Concrete Products Award 2020
Contract Call Centres Award 2020
Cotton Ginning Award 2020
Dredging Industry Award 2020
Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2020
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010
Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010
Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2020
Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010
Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award 2020
Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award 2020
Horticulture Award 2010
Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award 2020
Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award 2020
Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010
Journalists Published Media Award 2010
Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2020
Legal Services Award 2020
Local Government Industry Award 2020
Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2020
Marine Towage Award 2020
Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award 2020
Market and Social Research Award 2020
Meat Industry Award 2020
Mining Industry Award 2020
Miscellaneous Award 2020
Mobile Crane Hiring Award 2010
Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award 2020
Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2020
Pastoral Award 2010
Pest Control Industry Award 2020
Pharmaceutical Industry Award 2010
Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010
Port Authorities Award 2020
Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award 2020
Poultry Processing Award 2020
Premixed Concrete Award 2020
Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award 2020
Professional Employees Award 2020
Rail Industry Award 2020
Real Estate Industry Award 2020
Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2020
Road Transport and Distribution Award 2020
Salt Industry Award 2010
Seafood Processing Award 2020
Seagoing Industry Award 2010
Security Services Award 2020
Silviculture Award 2020
Stevedoring Industry Award 2020
Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2020
Sugar Industry Award 2020
Supported Employment Services Award 2020
Surveying Award 2020
Telecommunications Services Award 2010
Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010
Timber Industry Award 2010
Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2020
Waste Management Award 2020
Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award 2010
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement 2016
Australia Post Enterprise Award 2015
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Enterprise Award 2016
Australian Bureau of Statistics (Interviewers) Award 2016
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Enterprise Award 2016
Australian Public Service Enterprise Award 2015
Chullora Printing Award 2015
CSIRO Enterprise Award 2016
GrainCorp Country Operations Award 2015
Metropolitan Newspapers (South Australia and Tasmania) Printing Award 2015
Northern Territory News Award 2015
Note Printing Australia Award 2016
Optus Award 2015
Parliamentary Departments Staff Enterprise Award 2016
Printing Industry – Herald & Weekly Times – Production Award 2015
Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd Printing (Murrarie) Award 2015
Telstra Award 2015
Victorian Local Government Award 2015
Victorian Public Service Award 2016
Viterra Bulk Handling and Grain Storage, Pulses and Minerals Award 2015

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
Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2020
Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award 2020
Airport Employees Award 2020
Alpine Resorts Award 2020
Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2020
Commercial Sales Award 2020
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2020
Fast Food Industry Award 2010
Fitness Industry Award 2010
General Retail Industry Award 2010
Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010
Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2020
Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020
Live Performance Award 2010
Mannequins and Models Award 2020
Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2020
Nursery Award 2020
Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award 2020
Racing Clubs Events Award 2010
Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020
Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010
Restaurant Industry Award 2020
Sporting Organisations Award 2020
Travelling Shows Award 2020
Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020
Wine Industry Award 2010
Airservices Australia Award 2016

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