Minimum Wages


  1. Minimum wages in the third and final group of awards increase – from 1 February 2021 changes

From 1 February 2021, The Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages in the third and final group of awards (the retail, accommodation, food services and a range of other industries increase). This will apply to all award wages.

For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the new National Minimum Wage is $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour. This applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2020.


  1. Who does the increase apply to?

The increase only applies to employees that get their pay rates from:

  • the National Minimum Wage
  • an award, or
  • a registered agreement (in some cases).

Remember, the 1.75% increase applies to the awards in 3 stages.

The increase doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than their new minimum wage.


  1. When will your award increase?
Group 1 Awards –

from 1 July 2020

Group 2 Awards –

from 1 November 2020

Group 3 Awards –

from 1 February 2021

·         Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award

·         Aged Care Award

·         Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award

·         Banking, Finance and Insurance Award

·         Cemetery Industry Award

·         Children’s Services Award

·         Cleaning Services Award

·         Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award

·         Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award

·         Educational Services (Teachers) Award

·         Electrical Power Industry Award

·         Fire Fighting Industry Award

·         Funeral Industry Award

·         Gas Industry Award

·         Health Professionals and Support Services Award

·         Medical Practitioners Award

·         Nurses Award

·         Pharmacy Industry Award

·         Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award

·         State Government Agencies Award

·         Water Industry Award


·       Aluminium Industry Award

·       Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award

·       Aquaculture Industry Award

·       Architects Award

·       Asphalt Industry Award

·       Black Coal Mining Industry Award

·       Book Industry Award

·       Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award

·       Building and Construction General On-site Award

·       Business Equipment Award

·       Car Parking Award

·       Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award

·       Clerks – Private Sector Award

·       Coal Export Terminals Award

·       Concrete Products Award

·       Contract Call Centres Award

·       Cotton Ginning Award

·       Dredging Industry Award

·       Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award

·       Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award

·       Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award

·       Gardening and Landscaping Services Award

·       Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award

·       Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award

·       Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award

·       Horticulture Award

·       Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award

·       Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award

·       Joinery and Building Trades Award

·       Journalists Published Media Award

·       Labour Market Assistance Industry Award

·       Legal Services Award

·       Local Government Industry Award

·       Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award

·       Marine Towage Award

·       Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award

·       Market and Social Research Award

·       Meat Industry Award

·       Mining Industry Award

·       Miscellaneous Award

·       Mobile Crane Hiring Award

·       Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award

·       Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award

·       Pastoral Award

·       Pest Control Industry Award

·       Pharmaceutical Industry Award

·       Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award

·       Port Authorities Award

·       Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award

·       Poultry Processing Award

·       Premixed Concrete Award

·       Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award

·       Professional Employees Award

·       Rail Industry Award

·       Real Estate Industry Award

·       Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award

·       Road Transport and Distribution Award

·       Salt Industry Award

·       Seafood Processing Award

·       Seagoing Industry Award

·       Security Services Award

·       Silviculture Award

·       Stevedoring Industry Award

·       Storage Services and Wholesale Award

·       Sugar Industry Award

·                     Supported Employment Services Award

·       Surveying Award

·       Telecommunications Services Award

·       Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award

·       Timber Industry Award

·       Transport (Cash in Transit) Award

·       Waste Management Award

·       Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award


·      Air Pilots Award

·      Aircraft Cabin Crew Award

·      Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award

·      Airport Employees Award

·      Alpine Resorts Award

·      Amusement, Events and Recreation Award

·      Commercial Sales Award

·      Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award

·      Fast Food Industry Award

·      Fitness Industry Award

·      General Retail Industry Award

·      Hair and Beauty Industry Award

·      Horse and Greyhound Training Award

·      Hospitality Industry (General) Award

·      Live Performance Award

·      Mannequins and Models Award

·      Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award

·      Nursery Award

·      Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award

·      Racing Clubs Events Award

·      Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award

·      Registered and Licensed Clubs Award

·      Restaurant Industry Award

·      Sporting Organisations Award

·      Travelling Shows Award

·      Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award

·      Wine Industry Award




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