The minimum wage will increase from 1 July 2020.

For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the new national minimum wage will be $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour. This applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2020.

However most employees are covered by an award (more than last year too – see later comments). 

This year a 1.75% increase to award wages will kick in at various times on or after 1 July (in 3 stages):

  • 1 July 2020 – Health Care, Social Assistance, Teachers, Child Care, Cleaning and Other Essential Services
  • 1 November 2020 – Construction, Manufacturing, Veterinary, Clerks, Legal, Miscellaneous, Pastoral, Horticulture, and a range of other industries
  • 1 February 2021 – All other industries (including Retail, Tourism, and Accomodation and Food Services) 



More Employees Covered by Miscellaneous Modern Award 


From 1 July 2020, employers will need to ensure whether any previous award-free employees are actually now covered by the Miscellaneous Award 2020. This is because the Miscellaneous Award has now been expanded to include coverage of all low-paid workers who did not specifically fit a classification in a modern industry award or occupational award (eg the Clerks Award).

Managerial and professional employees will continue to be award-free. These include accountants, finance, marketing, legal, human resources, public relations and IT professionals unless they are covered by a particular industry award (eg Banking, Finance and Insurance Industry Award 2010.)

For those employees who will now be covered by the Miscellaneous Award, employers will need to notify any affected employee of their new Award coverage and what their classification will be. This is a significant step away from the National Employment Standards (NES) as the Miscellaneous Award contains provisions regarding overtime, penalty rates, allowances, meal breaks and minimum and maximum shifts.

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