Junior pay rates

Annual Wage Review 2020

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages following its 2020 Annual Wage Review. The increase applies to awards in 3 stages, with the first group starting from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020. This group includes frontline health care and social assistance workers, teachers and child care employees, other essential services and the National Minimum Wage.

You can find the new rates for the first group of awards in our Pay and Conditions Tool and Pay Guides. If you’re using the calculator, just set the date to 1 July 2020 or after.

Subscribe to email updates and we’ll let you know when the new minimum pay rates for the other awards are available in our pay tools.

See The Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages for more information.

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.

Hospitality Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Hospitality Industry (General) Award [MA000009].

Juniors, unless they are trade qualified, get paid a percentage of the relevant adult pay rate in the Hospitality Award. Trade qualified junior employees must receive the adult rate of pay.

Use our Pay Calculator to calculate junior pay rates.

Special rates for working around alcohol

Juniors who sell or serve alcohol, including as a part of their general waiting duties, have to be paid the adult rate for their classification regardless of their age.

Age restrictions when serving alcohol

There are rules about at what age juniors can start serving alcohol.

Contact the liquor licensing authority in your state or territory:

To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Hospitality Award summary.

Source reference: Hospitality Industry (General) Award [MA000009] clause 13 and 18.4 external-icon.png

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