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.
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
- 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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