Junior pay rates
Annual Wage Review – 1 September 2021 changes
From 1 September 2021, minimum wages in the Retail Award are increasing. Updated minimum rates are now available in our pay tools. See our Annual Wage Review 2021 page for more information.
Modern Award Review – Junior rates under the Retail Award
The Fair Work Commission has issued a decision that changes the way juniors are paid under the Retail Award. From the first full pay period on or after 1 May 2021, junior rates will only apply for classification levels 1, 2 and 3.
Use our Pay guides or Pay and Conditions Tool to find the new rates and allowances.
We have updated this page to reflect these changes.
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.
Children’s Services Award
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Children’s Services Award [MA000120].
Juniors employed as a Level 1 or 2 Children’s services employee get paid a percentage of Children’s Services Employee Level 2 rate in the Children’s Services Award.
Juniors employed as Level 3, 4 or 5 Children’s services employee have to be paid the relevant adult pay rate for their classification.
Use our Pay Calculator to:
- check which classification applies to the work performed and
- calculate the junior and adult pay rates for that classification.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Children's Services Award summary.
Source reference: Children’s Services Award [MA000120] clause 14.3
- 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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