Minimum wages

If you're covered by an award, you can find minimum pay rates using PayCheck Plus external-icon.png. You can also use our Pay guides for more detailed information on pay rates, allowances and common penalty rates.

Some industries and jobs aren't covered by PayCheck Plus. You can find pay rates for these on the pages below:

If you're covered by an enterprise agreement or other registered agreement, check the agreement for rates.

If you’re not sure what award applies to you, go to the Awards page.

Junior pay rates

Different pay rates apply to junior employees (usually under the age of 21). This is based on their age and the industry or job they work in.

To find out what pay rates apply to junior employees, go to Junior pay rates.

Casual pay rates

Casual employees get paid extra to make up for not receiving annual leave, personal (sick) leave and notice of termination. This payment is called casual loading and is paid on top of the base pay rate that is paid to full-time employees.

Calculate a casual pay rate using PayCheck Plus external-icon.png.

Minimum wage reviews

Each year, the Fair Work Commission reviews the national minimum wage and pay rates under awards. Any changes that are made begin on the first full pay period on or after 1 July.

Visit Fair Work Commission - annual wage reviews external-icon.png for more information.

The minimum pay rates discussed on this page refer to gross pay (the amount of pay before tax is taken out). If you have questions about how much tax comes out of a pay rate, please contact the Australian Taxation Office external-icon.png.

High income threshold

The high income threshold is $133,000. It changes on 1 July each year as a result of the Fair Work Commission's annual wage reviews. For more information, visit Fair Work Commission - High income threshold external-icon.png.

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Check out our Help resolving workplace issues section for practical advice on:

  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
  • getting help from us if you can't resolve it.

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