Following the Annual Wage Review 2021, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a 2.5% increase to the national minimum wage and all award wages. The increase to award wages happened in 3 stages.
Who does the increase apply to?
The increase applies to anyone who is paid minimum award wages or the national minimum wage. It doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than their new minimum wage.
Most employees are covered by an award. If you’re not sure which award applies, use Find my award.
If you’re covered by a registered agreement, you should check it to see whether this increase affects you.
For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the national minimum wage is $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour.
When did the increase start?
The increased national minimum wage started from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021.
There were also changes to superannuation in July and November 2021.
The increase to minimum award pay rates happened in 3 stages.
1 November 2021 award increase
21 awards increased from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2021. The first pay period means if your weekly pay period starts on a Wednesday, the new rates apply from Wednesday 3 November 2021.
The awards that increased from 1 November 2021 are:
- Pilots Award
- Cabin Crew Award
- Airline Ground Staff Award
- Airport Award
- Alpine Resorts Award
- Amusement Award
- Dry Cleaning and Laundry Award
- Fitness Award
- Hair and Beauty Award
- Hospitality Award
- Live Performance Award
- Models Award
- Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award
- Nursery Award
- Racing Clubs Events Award
- Racing Ground Maintenance Award
- Registered Clubs Award
- Restaurant Award
- Sporting Organisations Award
- Travelling Shows Award
- Wine Award
Changes to superannuation
From 1 July 2021, the superannuation guarantee increased to 10% for eligible employees.
From 1 November 2021, where new employees don’t choose a super fund, most employers have to check with the Australian Taxation Office if their employee has an existing super account, known as a 'stapled super fund', to pay the employee's super guarantee into.
For more information, see the ATO’s information on: