Special national minimum wage for employees with disability

There are 2 special national minimum wages for employees with disability who are not covered by an award or agreement.

Disability that doesn’t affect work

Employees who have a disability that doesn’t affect the way they can do their job are entitled to the special national minimum wage 1.

Adults must get at least $622.20 per week (before tax), or $16.37 per hour. An adult is someone who is 21 years or older.

Juniors (employees who are 20 years and under) are paid a percentage of the national minimum wage based on their age. Apprentices and trainees also have different minimum entitlements. See the National minimum wage page for details.

Disability that does affect work

Special national minimum wage 2 is for employees with a disability that does affect the way they can do their job.

They get a percentage of special national minimum wage 1 (see above).

The percentage is based on ‘assessed productive capacity’. For example, someone with a capacity of 70% would get 70% of national minimum wage 1 (ie. 70% of $16.37 per hour).

This only applies if the employee:

  • can’t work at a certain level because their disability affects their productivity
  • meets the impairment criteria for a Disability Support Pension
  • has been properly assessed by the Department of Employment External link icon.

Employees who are paid the national minimum wage 2 have to be paid at least $78 per week.

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Page last updated: 13 Oct 2013