Get set for a 3.5% wage increase – 2018 Annual Wage Review

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.5% increase to minimum wages.

The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018.

The new national minimum wage will be $719.20 per week or $18.93 per hour.

What do you need to do?

Nothing for now. We’re working on updating our pay tools with the new pay rates.

Subscribe to email updates and we’ll let you know when the new rates are available in our pay tools.

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Who does the increase apply to?

The 3.5% increase applies to employees that get their pay rates from:

  • the national minimum wage
  • a modern award.

The national minimum wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement.

For employees covered by an award, award rates will increase by 3.5%. 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 more information, visit our Library and read Annual Wage Review and registered agreements.

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

What happens next?

The FWC will issue draft determinations and orders about how this decision affects modern awards. It will then update the pay rates in each award.

It usually takes the FWC a few weeks to do this. Once they make these changes, we’ll update our pay tools with the new rates.

Some penalty rates are changing too

Remember, there will be further changes to Sunday penalty rates in some hospitality and retail awards from 1 July 2018, following a decision from the Fair Work Commission last year.

Visit our Penalty rates changes 2017 page for more information about what the changes are, who they affect and how they're being implemented.

More information

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