New minimum wage kicks in today

1 July 2019

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is reminding employers that the national minimum wage has today increased to $19.49 per hour (up from $18.93), or $740.80 per week (up from $719.20).

On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a three per cent increase to the national minimum wage, following its Annual Wage Review external-icon.png . This increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2019.

The FWO is also reminding businesses that further changes to certain penalty rates in the Hospitality, Pharmacy, Fast Food and Retail industries come into effect today, following determination from the FWC.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said that workplace compliance issues are often traced back to employers failing to update rates of pay.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of free tools available to help employers comply with their workplace obligations, which have been updated to reflect the new pay rates.  We urge all businesses to visit our Pay and Conditions Tool to check the lawful minimum rates that they need to pay their staff, or to contact us directly for assistance,” Ms Parker said.

For employees covered by an award, base rates will also increase by three per cent today.

“We encourage workers who receive award wages, such as juniors, apprentices and trainees, to visit our Pay and Conditions Tool and familiarise yourself with your new rates of pay. If you are unsure which award applies to you, you can use our Find my award tool. Any workers with concerns about their pay should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman,” Ms Parker said.

The FWO has industry specific tools such as interactive graphics for the Fast Food Award and Restaurant Award, which provide tailored information about pay rates and conditions.

The FWO also has further information available on the Penalty rates changes, including who they affect and how they are being implemented.

Employees and employers can visit or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for free advice and assistance about their workplace rights and obligations. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

The Fair Work Ombudsman enforces compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009, related legislation, awards and registered agreements and help employers and employees by providing advice and education on pay rates and workplace conditions.

The Fair Work Commission external-icon.png is the independent national workplace relations tribunal. It is responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, as well as a range of other workplace functions and regulation.

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