Junior pay rates

Annual Wage Review – 1 February 2021 changes

From the first full pay period on or after 1 February 2021, new minimum wages for the retail, hospitality, food services and other industries come into effect. For more information, visit The Commission's announcement of a 1.75% increase to minimum wages.

The Fair Work Commission will issue the updated pay rates on 21 January 2021 and we’ll update our Pay guides and Pay Calculator as soon as possible after this date.

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.

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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