Junior pay rates
Annual Wage Review – 1 November 2020 changes
From the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2020, new minimum rates and allowances started in awards in the construction, manufacturing and a range of other industries.
Use our Pay guides or Pay Calculator to find the new rates and allowances.
See The Commission's announcement of a 1.75% increase to minimum wages for more information about the 2020 Annual Wage Review.
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.
Find information about junior pay rates in your award by selecting from the list below.
Building and Construction Award
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Building and Construction General On-site Award [MA000020].
There are no junior pay rates in the Building and Construction Award.
Juniors have to be paid the relevant pay rate for their classification. This means that all employees (except trainees and apprentices) are entitled to the same minimum rate regardless of their age.
Use our Pay Calculator to:
- check which classification applies to the work performed and
- calculate the adult pay rate for that classification.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Building and Construction Award summary.
Source reference: Building and Construction On-site Award [MA000020] clause 19.1
- 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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