16 June 2017: Low income earners, newly-arrived migrants and international students in particular, must remember that from July 1 their minimum wage in Australia is $18.29 per hour.
In simple terms, if you are being paid anything under $18.29 an hour then your employer is violating your work rights.
Low income earners have had a reason to smile after Fair Work Commission recently made its decision on the minimum wage Australian employers can now legally pay to their workers. The Commission announced an increase of 3.3 per cent to the national minimum wage following its 2017 annual wage review.
“From 1 July 2017, the national minimum wage will increase to $694.90 per week, or $18.29 per hour. The decision also affects base rates of pay in modern awards,” Fair Work said in a release on Friday.
Current minimum wage is $672.70 a week after 2.4 per cent increase last year.
The agency says it is now busy putting together educational materials for employers so that they are aware of the changes to the minimum wage.
“My agency is committed to educating and assisting employers to ensure they remain compliant with their workplace obligations,” said Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James today.
Ms James said it was important that employers made themselves aware of the changes as soon as possible in order to ensure their workers received their correct entitlements.
The Fair Work Commission has also made changes to penalty rates affecting the Hospitality, Pharmacy, Fast Food, Retail and Restaurant industries. These also begin to come into effect on 1 July, 2017.