National minimum wage

The national minimum wage is the minimum wage that applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement. It covers the whole national workplace relations system.

Most employees in the national workplace relations system are covered by an award. See Finding the Right Pay for tools and information to help you find minimum wages under awards.

National minimum wage for adults

Currently the full-time minimum wage is $16.37 per hour or $622.20 per week. This means that most employees in the national system shouldn't get less than this.

Casuals covered by the national minimum wage get an extra 24% ($20.30 per hour).

National minimum wages for apprentices, juniors & trainees

There are special national minimum wages for trainees, apprentices and juniors who don’t have an award or agreement. From 1 July 2013 these are:

Juniors:

Age % of national minimum wage Minimum hourly rate
Under 16 36.8% $6.03
16 47.3% $7.74
17 57.8% $9.46
18 68.3% $11.18
19 82.5% $13.51
20 97.7% $16.00

Apprentices

Apprentices who aren’t covered by an award or agreement are entitled to the relevant rates in the Miscellaneous Award 2010.

Year of apprenticeship % of the level 3 adult hourly rate ($19.07) Minimum hourly rate
1 55% $10.49
2 65% $12.39
3 80% $15.25
4 95% $18.11

Trainees

Trainees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement need to be paid at least the amount from Schedule E - National Training Wage in the Miscellaneous Award 2010.

National minimum wages for employees with a disability

There are 2 special national minimum wages for employees with disability.

For details see Special national minimum wage for employees with disability.

Annual wage reviews

The Fair Work Commission reviews minimum wages each year. Any changes start from 1 July.

The review looks at the pay rates in:

  • modern awards
  • the national minimum wage - for employees who don’t have an award or a workplace agreement.

Visit the Fair Work Commission - annual wage reviews External link icon for more information.

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Page last updated: 28 Aug 2013