Junior pay rates

Annual Wage Review 2018

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.5% increase to base rates of pay. The increase applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018.

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

A junior is an employee under 21 years of age. Use our Pay Calculator 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, or
  • they have completed an apprenticeship and are trade qualified.

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. 

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