Minimum wages increase from 1 July 2022

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Published 15 June 2022 | Updated 1 July 2022

From 1 July 2022:

  • the National Minimum Wage has increased by $40 per week, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%
  • award minimum wages will increase by 4.6%, which are subject to a minimum increase for adult award classifications of $40 per week and based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.

Other award wages, including junior, apprentice and supported wages that are based on adult minimum wages, will get a proportionate increase.

These pay rate increases follow the Fair Work Commission (FWC) Annual Wage Review 2021-22 external-icon.png`.

Our pay tools, resources and website have been updated with the new minimum pay rates. Go to our Pay and Conditions Tool now.

What you can do now

We (the Fair Work Ombudsman) have updated our pay tools, information and resources with the new rates for the first set of awards affected.

You can:

Continue reading to learn more about the minimum wage increase and what awards are affected.

1 July 2022 minimum wage increase

From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022, minimum wages increase under the National Minimum Wage and under most awards.

National Minimum Wage increase

The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement.

From 1 July 2022, the National Minimum Wage has increased by $40 per week, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%.

The new National Minimum Wage is $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour.

Award minimum wage increase

Some award rates increase 1 October 2022

The adult minimum wage in some awards in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors will increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2022. Learn more at 1 October 2022 minimum wage increase.

Subscribe to email updates and we'll let you know when the 1 October rates are available in our pay tools.

Most employees are covered by an award. Awards are legal documents that outline the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment. If you’re not sure which award applies to you, use Find my award.

From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022, adult minimum award wages increased by 4.6%, which is subject to a minimum increase for award classifications of $40 per week and based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.

Other award wages, including junior, apprentice and supported wages that are based on adult minimum wages, will get a proportionate increase.

This means minimum award wages:

  • above $869.60 per week, get a 4.6% increase
  • below $869.60 per week, get a $40 increase.

Read our examples below to understand how this wage increase will work in practice:

Example: Employee earning less than $869.60

John is a full-time employee working under the Manufacturing Award. He is a general factory hand with a classification of C14.

John’s weekly minimum wage before 1 July 2022 is $772.60.

As this weekly wage is below $869.60, he will receive a $40 increase in his weekly wage from 1 July 2022.

Example: Employee earning above $869.60

Hannah is a trade qualified employee working under the Manufacturing Award. She works at a higher level of C10.

Hannah’s weekly minimum wage before 1 July 2022 is $899.50.

As this weekly wage is above $869.60, her weekly wage will increase by 4.6% from 1 July 2022.

Affected awards

Below are the awards that receive the adult minimum wage increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award [MA000115]
  • Aged Care Award [MA000018]
  • Aluminium Industry Award [MA000060]
  • Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award [MA000098]
  • Amusement, Events and Recreation Award [MA000080]
  • Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award [MA000118]
  • Aquaculture Industry Award [MA000114]
  • Architects Award [MA000079]
  • Asphalt Industry Award [MA000054]
  • Australian Government Industry Award 2016 [MA000153]
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance Award [MA000019]
  • Black Coal Mining Industry Award [MA000001]
  • Book Industry Award [MA000078]
  • Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award [MA000091]
  • Building and Construction General On-site Award [MA000020]
  • Business Equipment Award [MA000021]
  • Car Parking Award [MA000095]
  • Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award [MA000055]
  • Cemetery Industry Award [MA000070]
  • Children's Services Award [MA000120]
  • Cleaning Services Award [MA000022]
  • Clerks - Private Sector Award [MA000002]
  • Coal Export Terminals Award [MA000045]
  • Commercial Sales Award [MA000083]
  • Concrete Products Award [MA000056]
  • Contract Call Centres Award [MA000023]
  • Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award [MA000110]
  • Cotton Ginning Award [MA000024]
  • Dredging Industry Award [MA000085]
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award [MA000096]
  • Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award [MA000075]
  • Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award [MA000076]
  • Educational Services (Teachers) Award [MA000077]
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award [MA000025]
  • Electrical Power Industry Award [MA000088]
  • Fast Food Industry Award [MA000003]
  • Fire Fighting Industry Award [MA000111]
  • Fitness Industry Award [MA000094]
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award [MA000073]
  • Funeral Industry Award [MA000105]
  • Gardening and Landscaping Services Award [MA000101]
  • Gas Industry Award [MA000061]
  • General Retail Industry Award [MA000004]
  • Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award [MA000026]
  • Hair and Beauty Industry Award [MA000005]
  • Health Professionals and Support Services Award [MA000027]
  • Higher Education Industry - Academic Staff - Award [MA000006]
  • Higher Education Industry - General Staff - Award [MA000007]
  • Horse and Greyhound Training Award [MA000008]
  • Horticulture Award [MA000028]
  • Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award [MA000064]
  • Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award [MA000062]
  • Joinery and Building Trades Award [MA000029]
  • Journalists Published Media Award [MA000067]
  • Labour Market Assistance Industry Award [MA000099]
  • Legal Services Award [MA000116]
  • Live Performance Award [MA000081]
  • Local Government Industry Award [MA000112]
  • Mannequins and Models Award [MA000117]
  • Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award [MA000010]
  • Marine Towage Award [MA000050]
  • Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award [MA000086]
  • Market and Social Research Award [MA000030]
  • Meat Industry Award [MA000059]
  • Medical Practitioners Award [MA000031]
  • Mining Industry Award [MA000011]
  • Miscellaneous Award [MA000104]
  • Mobile Crane Hiring Award [MA000032]
  • Nursery Award [MA000033]
  • Nurses Award [MA000034]
  • Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award [MA000072]
  • Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award [MA000063]
  • Pastoral Award [MA000035]
  • Pest Control Industry Award [MA000097]
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Award [MA000069]
  • Pharmacy Industry Award [MA000012]
  • Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award [MA000036]
  • Port Authorities Award [MA000051]
  • Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award [MA000052]
  • Poultry Processing Award [MA000074]
  • Premixed Concrete Award [MA000057]
  • Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award [MA000108]
  • Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award [MA000109]
  • Professional Employees Award [MA000065]
  • Racing Clubs Events Award [MA000013]
  • Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award [MA000014]
  • Rail Industry Award [MA000015]
  • Real Estate Industry Award [MA000106]
  • Road Transport and Distribution Award [MA000038]
  • Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award [MA000039]
  • Salt Industry Award [MA000107]
  • Seafood Processing Award [MA000068]
  • Seagoing Industry Award [MA000122]
  • Security Services Industry Award [MA000016]
  • Silviculture Award [MA000040]
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award [MA000100]
  • Sporting Organisations Award [MA000082]
  • State Government Agencies Award [MA000121]
  • Stevedoring Industry Award [MA000053]
  • Storage Services and Wholesale Award [MA000084]
  • Sugar Industry Award [MA000087]
  • Supported Employment Services Award [MA000103]
  • Surveying Award [MA000066]
  • Telecommunications Services Award [MA000041]
  • Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award [MA000017]
  • Timber Industry Award [MA000071]
  • Transport (Cash in Transit) Award [MA000042]
  • Travelling Shows Award [MA000102]
  • Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award [MA000089]
  • Waste Management Award [MA000043]
  • Water Industry Award [MA000113]
  • Wine Industry Award [MA000090]
  • Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award [MA000044]

Not sure of your award? Use our 3-step Find my award tool to check what award you’re covered by.

National Training Wage increase

Wage increases for trainees under the National Training Wage come into effect on the same date as award minimum wage increases. This includes awards that refer to and incorporate the terms under Schedule E of the Miscellaneous Award, which has an operative date of 1 July 2022.

Learn more about this wage in our Library article Trainee rates in the National Training Wage schedule.

Registered agreements

If you’re covered by a registered agreement, the minimum wage increase may apply. This is because the base pay rate in a registered agreement can’t be less than the base pay rate in the relevant award. Find out more in our Library article Annual Wage Reviews and registered agreements.

Check your agreement by searching for it on the FWC website: Find an agreement external-icon.png`.

1 October 2022 minimum wage increase

Most minimum adult wages under awards will increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022.

For some awards in the aviation, hospitality and tourism industries, the increase will happen from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2022. The affected awards are:

Aviation

  • Air Pilots Award [MA000046]
  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award [MA000047]
  • Airline Operations - Ground Staff Award [MA000048]
  • Airport Employees Award [MA000049]
  • Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016

Hospitality

  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award [MA000009]
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award [MA000058
  • Restaurant Industry Award [MA000119]

Tourism

  • Alpine Resorts Award [MA000092]
  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award [MA000093]

Other changes from 1 July 2022

From 1 July 2022, there are other changes employers and employees should know about. This includes:

High income threshold and compensation cap

From 1 July 2022, the:

  • high income threshold will be $162,000
  • compensation cap will be $81,000.

When an employee earns more than the high income threshold:

  • the relevant award doesn’t apply to them anymore
  • they are no longer eligible to apply to unfair dismissal claims through the Fair Work Commission.

These employees are still protected by minimum conditions and protections in the Fair Work Act, including the National Employment Standards. The high income threshold is reviewed each year. Find out more at Award & agreement free wages and conditions.

The compensation cap is the most the Fair Work Commission can order an employer to pay in an unfair dismissal case. The cap changes on 1 July each year and is set by the Fair Work Regulations.

Superannuation changes from 1 July 2022

There are also changes to superannuation (super) taking effect from 1 July 2022. This includes the:

If you want to understand your super obligations or entitlements, go to ATO – Super external-icon.png.

Social, Community, Home care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Award changes

For employees covered by the SCHADS Award, there are significant new award provisions applying from 1 July. This includes:

  • minimum payments for some casuals and part-time employees
  • broken shifts and broken shift allowances
  • laundry and damaged clothing allowance
  • remote work.

Find out more at 1 July 2022 changes to Social, Community, Home care and Disability Services Award.

End of unpaid pandemic leave in awards

Unpaid pandemic leave provisions in awards stop applying after 30 June 2022.

Previously, employees covered by affected awards could access up to 2 weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave if they were prevented from working for reasons relating to COVID-19.

Any unpaid pandemic leave that has already started on 30 June 2022 can continue after this date. However, new periods of leave can’t start after 30 June 2022.

Employers and employees need to consider other leave options instead. Check what previously applied at Unpaid pandemic leave in awards.

More information

Calculate your new pay rates

To find out your new pay rates, you can:

If you’re not sure of your award or coverage, you can:

FWC decision

To learn more about the FWC’s decision this year on the Annual Wage Review, you can read the decision summary external-icon.png and decision external-icon.png on the FWC website.

Subscribe to email updates

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