What employees need to do for 1 July wage changes

Fair Work Australia has recently released its annual wage review decision.

Employees affected by the 2011 annual wage review should check they are paid their new rate from the first pay period on or after 1 July. It should also be shown on their pay slip.

The Fair Work Australia 2011 Annual Wage Review decision increases: 

  • modern award weekly wages by 3.4%
  • the national minimum wage for adults to $589.30 per week or $15.51 per hour 
  • allowances under applicable modern awards 
  • minimum rates for juniors, apprentices and trainees.

The new minimum wage decision takes effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2011.

How should employees prepare for 1 July?

Employees should:.

  1. Check how your pay rate is determined - this could be a modern award, a collective agreement, national minimum wage rate or other type of industrial instrument. This will tell you what pay rates apply to you.

    You can check what covers you by:
    •  asking your employer
    •  checking on our Award Finder tool
    •  Calling us and talking to one of our Fair Work Advisers
    •  Talking to your union or employee association
    Remember that you will also need to know the modern award classification that applies to you.
  2. Check that your employer is aware of the change - You should check that your employer is aware that the new minimum wages will apply from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2011. You should also check with them how it applies to you.
  3. Inform your employer about this website - Our pay tools, Pay and Conditions Guides and other information will be updated on the new minimum rates on 1 July. You and your employer can use the tools at Finding the right pay to correctly calculate your new minimum wages.
  4. Keep up to date with changes in your modern award - sign up for alerts to changes in your modern award by registering with Fair Work Australia Subscriptions External link icon.
  5. Check your pay slip on the first pay period on or after 1 July - You should ensure that you are getting your correct wage.

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Page last updated: 24 Jun 2011