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Minimum Wage Increase

The Fair Work Commission recently published its annual wage review under the Fair Work Act 2009.

The outcome of the Commission’s review is that from 1 July 2019:

•             the National Minimum Wage and modern award minimum wages will increase by 3.0%; and

•             the National Minimum Wage will increase to $740.80 per week (up from $719.20 per week) or $19.49 per hour (up from $18.93 per hour).

What does this mean for a Landcare Groups/Networks?

Landcare groups/networks who pay their employees under a modern award (for example, the Local Government Industry Award 2010) or pay the National Minimum Wage will be required to increase their employees’ pay in the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019.  The Commission will update the wage rates in all of the modern awards after this date here - www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/awards/modern-awards/modern-awards-list

Employers who pay their employees above the minimum wage rates may decide to absorb the increases without making any changes.  However, this will be dependent on the express terms of each employee’s employment contract.

Note that the increases do not apply to those workers who are engaged as independent contractors (unless there is an express reference in the worker’s contract).

If you have any questions about this advice please contact the Landcare Employment Referral Service on 1300 302 232.


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