Junior pay rates
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.
Social and Community Services Award
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 [MA000100].
There are no junior pay rates in the Social and Community Services Award.
Juniors have to be paid the relevant adult pay rate for their classification. This means that trade qualified juniors are paid the adult pay rate for trade qualified employees.
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 Social and Community Services Award summary.
Source reference: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 [MA000100] clause 15, 16 and 17
- 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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