Annual Wage Review 2021

Published 15 June 2021 | Updated 8 September 2021

Minimum wages in the Retail Award increase from 1 September. Our Pay Calculator and Pay guides now have updated rates.

For the list of awards that will increase later in the year, see When does the increase start?

Following the Annual Wage Review 2021, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a 2.5% increase to the national minimum wage and all award wages. The increase to award wages is happening in 3 stages. The FWC has also issued decisions to change some terms and conditions in several awards.

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What do you need to do?

You can find the new minimum pay rates in our Pay Calculator and Pay guides, for all awards that increased from 1 July and 1 September 2021. We’ll update our Pay Calculator and pay guides for the awards increasing in November closer to their start date. For the list of awards that increase in November, see When does the increase start?

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Who does the increase apply to?

The increase applies to anyone who is paid minimum award wages or the national minimum wage.

Most employees are covered by an award. If you’re not sure which award applies, use Find my award.

If you’re covered by a registered agreement, you should check it to see whether this increase affects you.

For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the new national minimum wage is $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour.

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When does the increase start?

The new national minimum wage applies from your first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021.

There was also an increase to the Super guarantee for all eligible employees from 1 July 2021.

The increase to minimum award pay rates is happening in 3 stages.

The increase doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than their new minimum wage.

1 July 2021 award increase

Most awards increased from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021.

1 September 2021 award increase

The increase for the Retail Award applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 September 2021. This means if you have a weekly pay period that starts on Mondays, the new rates apply from Monday 6 September 2021.

You can find the new minimum rates in our Pay Calculator and Pay guides.

1 November 2021 award increase

21 awards increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2021. You can subscribe to email updates and we’ll let you know when the new minimum rates are available. 

The awards that will increase from 1 November 2021 are: 

  • Pilots Award
  • Cabin Crew Award
  • Airline Ground Staff Award
  • Airport Award
  • Alpine Resorts Award
  • Amusement Award
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Award
  • Fitness Award
  • Hair and Beauty Award
  • Hospitality Award
  • Live Performance Award
  • Models Award
  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award
  • Nursery Award
  • Racing Clubs Events Award
  • Racing Ground Maintenance Award
  • Registered Clubs Award
  • Restaurant Award
  • Sporting Organisations Award
  • Travelling Shows Award
  • Wine Award

Increase to the super guarantee

From 1 July 2021, the superannuation guarantee increased to 10% for eligible employees.

The Australian Taxation Office gives information and advice on superannuation. Learn more about the changes at Australian Taxation Office – Super guarantee rate rising 1 July external-icon.png.

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Other award updates starting on 1 July

As part of their modern award review process, the FWC also updated some terms and conditions of several awards. These changes applied from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021.

Changes to spread of hours in some awards

On 16 June 2021, the FWC handed down a decision clarifying how the spread of hours can be changed in several awards. Under these awards, employers and their employees can make an agreement to shift the entire spread of hours either back or forward by up to an hour.

The decision affects the:

  • Airline Ground Staff Award
  • Aquaculture Award
  • Business Equipment Award
  • Clerks Award
  • Contract Call Centres Award
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing Award
  • Manufacturing Award
  • Pharmaceutical Award
  • Seafood Award
  • Storage and Wholesale Award
  • Sugar Award.

We've updated some of our workplace information to reflect the changes in the following popular awards:

  • Clerks Award
  • Manufacturing Award
  • Storage Services and Wholesale Award.

You can access this information by selecting your industry in the filter on:

For all other awards, you can select your award from the List of awards page.

Use Find my award if you’re not sure which award applies to you.

Changes to part-time hours in the Retail Award

On 28 June 2021, the FWC handed down a decision to vary the provisions for part-time hours of work in the Retail Award.

The decision affects hours and the application of overtime. It includes but is not limited to:

  • introducing the term ‘guaranteed hours’ which means the number of hours agreed to be worked each particular day of the week
  • allowing an employee and employer to agree to vary guaranteed hours in writing (including electronically such as text message or email), enabling extra hours to be worked at ordinary rates if agreed in advance
  • clarification that overtime still applies for work done in excess of the guaranteed hours
  • a provision for part-time employees to request an increase to their guaranteed hours in some circumstances.

These changes will take effect from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2021.

We've reviewed the decision and updated our information. Find relevant workplace advice by selecting the retail industry from the below pages:

Find out more about these changes from the FWC decision external-icon.png and determination external-icon.png .

Health Services Award coverage changes

On 24 November 2020, the FWC also handed down a decision to clarify the coverage of the Health Services Award.

The decision clarifies that the coverage of the Health Services Award:

  • doesn’t include medical practitioners
  • includes dental hygienists, dental prosthetists and oral health therapists
  • can include a wide variety of health professionals and that the list of occupations in Schedule B is an indicative list.

For full information on who is covered and the classification descriptions, check clause 4.6, schedule A.2 and B in the award external-icon.png.

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