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Government announces a 2.5% increase to minimum wage.

The Fair Work Commission has announced an increase to the national minimum wage and minimum award rates for the 2021-22 financial year.

The FWC has staggered the minimum award rate increase into three stages to lessen the impact on industries.

  • Stage 1 (which applies to most awards and the national minimum wage for award and agreement free employees) commencing from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2021.
  • Stage 2 applies to the General Retail Industry Award 2020 and commences from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 Sept 2021.
  • Stage 3 commencing from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 Nov 2021.
  • Employsure can help you better understand what these increases mean for your business, your employees and your staff payments. We can discuss penalty rates, entitlements like annual leave, and other allowances that may be affected by this increase to the minimum wage.

    Need help with updated award and minimum wage rates? Employsure, one of Australia's largest workplace relations advisories, is here to provide support. Call us today.

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    Employsure can help you better understand what these minimum wage increases mean for your business, your employees and your staff payments.

    Penalty rates, entitlements like annual leave, and other allowances will all be affected by this minimum wage increase.

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    What Is the Minimum Wage in Australia 2021?

    For most employees, the minimum wage is set by the award that covers their industry or occupation. The national minimum wage as of 01 July 2021 for Award or agreement free Employees as determined by the Fair Work Commission  is currently $20.33 per hour. This may differ for Award free Employees in Western Australia under the WA State System.

    Does national minimum wage include tax?

    The national minimum wage does not include tax. Workers paid on the national minimum wage rate may have to pay income tax.

    Does minimum wage include super?

    No, the minimum wage does not include super. Superannuation is beyond the scope of Employsure advice. Please contact the Australian Tax Office (ATO) or your financial advisor for advice on superannuation.

    What is the maximum wage in Australia?

    There is no maximum wage in Australia.

    Pay rates are generally at an employer’s discretion, provided that they do not fall beneath the minimum safety net prescribed by the relevant employment legislation, which for national system employers may include the National Minimum Wage, Modern Awards and Enterprise agreements (if applicable).

    Why are employers forced by law to pay minimum wages?

    Employers are required to pay their employees a  minimum wage as the government has determined that it is in the public interest to provide a safety net of pay and conditions for workers.

    The Fair Work Act 2009 requires employers covered by the national workplace relations system to pay a minimum wage set annually by the National Minimum Wage Order for award or agreement free employeesor contained in the applicable industrial instrument.

    Why should minimum wage law be respected by all employers?

    For employers covered by the  national workplace relations system, the Court may order penalties if provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 or other legislation have been breached.

    What is the minimum wage for 18 year olds in Australia?

    This will depend on the award or agreement the business may fall under. Awards and agreements may stipulate a percentage of the adult wage for anyone who is defined as a junior employee.

    If a business is deemed to be Award Free under both the Fair Work system and the Western Australian State legislation, generally junior rates will apply until the age of 20.  The rates tend to increase in increments and as such the rate for an 18 year old will differ from that of a 19 year old. Once the employee reaches 21 in this circumstance, the full adult minimum wage will apply.

    If your employee is covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement the applicable junior rate might be higher.

    If your employee is covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement the applicable junior rate might be higher.

    What is the minimum casual wage in Australia?

    Casual workers in Australia are entitled to an additional payment made on top of a casual employee’s fixed hourly wage. This payment is called ‘casual loading’. The percentile rate of casual loading is determined by the applicable Modern Award, Enterprise Agreement or other registered agreement. For award-free or agreement-free employees, the rate of casual loading derives from the National Minimum Wage Order.

    To calculate a casual pay rate, you must multiply the minimum award rate for the employee’s classification by the percentage of the casual loading rate, as stated in the relevant Modern Award or other registered agreement.

    For example, for employees covered by the national workplace relations system the National Minimum Wage for a full-time adult award-free employee is $20.33.

    Casual employees in the national workplace relations system are required to be paid an additional 25% casual loading on top of the minimum wage rate.

    Accordingly, the minimum wage adult award-free casual rate is $25.41.

    What is the minimum hourly rate in Australia?

    For employees covered by the national workplace relations system the minimum hourly rate in Australia for an award-free adult employee is $20.33 per hour.

    Can I pay wages in cash?

    An employer may pay an employee in cash so long as it does not contravene a payment method outlined in an applicable Award or Enterprise Agreement.

    Payment in cash does not exempt an employer from their employment, taxation, minimum wage or superannuation obligations.

    Is it legal to be paid in cash in Australia?

    It is legal for employees to be paid cash in Australia so long as it is properly reported to the Australian Taxation Office.

    Being paid in cash does not exempt an employer from their employment, taxation, minimum wage or superannuation obligations.

    Is an employer required to pay a minimum of 4 hours?

    Generally not. The minimum shift length depends on the applicable Award or Enterprise Agreement. Some awards may have minimum engagement periods less than 4 hours.

    There is no minimum shift length for award free employees.

    Can you pay employees commission only?

    Employees can be paid on a commission only basis in certain cases. To be eligible to receive payment on a commission only basis, the employee must fall under an award or enterprise agreement that specifically permits such an arrangement.

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