Annual Wage Review 2021

Published 15 June 2021 | Updated 3 November 2021

Minimum wages in 21 awards increased from 1 November. Our Pay Calculator and Pay guides now have updated rates.

For a list of awards that increased, see 1 November 2021 award increase.

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 happened in 3 stages.

Find new minimum wages now

You can now find the new minimum pay rates in our Pay Calculator and Pay guides for all awards, including those that increased from 1 November 2021. The increase to minimum wages happened in 3 stages. For a list of when each award increased, see When did 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. It doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than their new 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 national minimum wage is $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour.

When did the increase start?

The increased national minimum wage started from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021.

There were also changes to superannuation in July and November 2021.

The increase to minimum award pay rates happened in 3 stages.

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 started from the first full pay period on or after 1 September 2021.

1 November 2021 award increase

21 awards increased from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2021. The first pay period means if your weekly pay period starts on a Wednesday, the new rates apply from Wednesday 3 November 2021.

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

The awards that increased 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

Changes to superannuation

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

From 1 November 2021, where new employees don’t choose a super fund, most employers have to check with the Australian Taxation Office if their employee has an existing super account, known as a 'stapled super fund', to pay the employee's super guarantee into.

For more information, see the ATO’s information on:

Other award updates that started 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 affected 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 affected 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 took effect from the first full pay period that started 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:

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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 clarified 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.

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