Junior pay rates
Annual Wage Review - check out the new minimum rates
The Fair Work Commission has increased minimum pay rates by 3.0% from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019.
You can find the new rates in our Pay Calculator and Pay Guides.
If you’re using the calculator, just set the date to 1 July 2019 or after.
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.
Find information about junior pay rates in your award by selecting from the list below.
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The options in the list come from the most common awards.
Minimum entitlements and obligations usually come from an award or registered agreement. If you don’t know if there is an award or registered agreement that applies, go to our Awards and agreements page for help.
To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website.
Use our 3 step form to help you Find your Award.
Every award and registered agreement has information about who is covered by it. To work out who is covered read:
- the coverage clause
- the job classifications.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Don't know
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
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