Minimum wage

A minimum wage is an employee’s basis rate of pay for ordinary hours performed, that is usually dependent on the economic tool that applies on their occupation (just for instance, a modern award, enterprise agreement, transitional wage scale, or countrywide minimum salary order).

The lowest amount of paychecks obtained by company workers in the national workplace relations set up are looked over by the Fair Work Commission on yearly basis, with any modifications taking effect on First July every year. The review concerns the rates of wage inside of the current awards as well as in the nationally recognised lowest wage.

The minimum salary obtained by people within the countrywide workplace relations system are controlled on yearly basis by a specialist Minimum Income Panel of the Fair Work Commission (formerly known as Fair Work Australia). Fair Work Australia’s 1st yearly wage review was introduced on 3 June 2010. Any determinations provided to adjust lowest wage in present day awards or a nationwide minimum wage order will apply from the 1st full pay time period on or soon after 1st July each year.

The Fair Work Commission must submit any changed wage amounts in a new award (on account of an Annual Wage Review Determination) prior to 1st July every year. Variations to a nationwide minimum wage order must also be available as soon as sensible.

From 1st January 2010, modern awards superseded a great deal of existing awards and transitional salary scales, and retain the minimum terms and conditions for employees in specific fields and lines of work. Whereas present day awards have minimum wage, some new awards include transitional workplace mediation agreements set up, beneath which the wage-related features might be phased in over five years.

Hiring managers would need to assess their appropriate modern awards to find out if transitional arrangements apply. Assuming there are no transitional measures, the modern award salary amounts are applied from 1st January 2010.

The federal government lowest income is at the moment $15.96 per hour or $606.40 per 38 hour week. Casual personnel blanketed by the nationwide lowest wage also get at least a 22 per cent casual loading.

A company cannot contravene a term of a current award or a nationwide minimum pay order. Suspected contraventions will be perused and enforced by the Fair Work Ombudsman. A contravention of a term of a present day award or a national minimum wage order can potentially induce penalties of up to $10,200 for an person and $51,000 for a company.