Sheltons Group Legal – an Australian law firm based in London

The Australian Fair Work Commission has determined that Australia-wide increases are to apply to the national minimum wage as well as to Modern Award minimum wages. The increases took effect from 1 July 2024.

Each year, the Fair Work Commission (‘FWC’) makes an order that covers subjects including the national minimum wage after considering factors relevant to the economy, employers, and employees.

Accordingly, the FWC’s Annual Wage Review 2023-24 announced that the national minimum wage and Modern Award minimum wages would be increased by 3.75%.

As a result, the national minimum wage has increased from AUD 882.80 to AUD 915.90 per week for full time employees (i.e. employees who work an average of 38 hours each week) – meaning the hourly minimum wage is now AUD 24.10. The Modern Award minimum wage increase means that pay rates above AUD 915.90 per week have increased by 3.75% per week.

Modern Awards are industry or occupation specific and apply to those performing work covered by the Award. As such, it is important to be aware that different minimum wage rates apply across different Modern Awards.

Approximately 2.6 million employees across Australia are expected to receive the minimum wage increases. It is therefore essential that all employers take note of the increases to ensure each employee is being paid at or above the new minimum rates. Annualised salaries must be sufficient to absorb all statutory entitlements.

If you would like further information about the Australian wage increases, or assistance in determining which Modern Award applies to your employees – please contact us.

Courtney Gleeson
Sheltons Group Legal (London and Sydney)

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