Junior pay rates
Annual Wage Review – 1 November 2021 changes
From 1 November 2021, minimum wages in 21 awards increased. Updated minimum rates are now available in our pay tools. See our Annual Wage Review 2021 page for more information.
Modern Award Review – Junior rates under the Retail Award
The Fair Work Commission has issued a decision that changes the way juniors are paid under the Retail Award. From the first full pay period on or after 1 May 2021, junior rates will only apply for classification levels 1, 2 and 3.
We have updated this page to reflect these changes.
A junior is an employee under 21 years of age. Use our Pay and Conditions Tool to calculate junior pay rates.
Juniors get paid a percentage of the relevant adult pay rate unless the award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement doesn't have junior rates.
The percentages that apply are usually based on the employee’s age and increase on their next birthday.
Example: Junior pay rate increases
Carly is 17 years old and works in a shop. She’s entitled to 60% of the adult pay rate under her award. She turns 18 on 22 March. From 22 March she’s entitled to 70% of the adult pay rate.
Find information about junior pay rates in your award by selecting from the list below.