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Your guide to the minimum wage increase

By CCIWA Editor

We answer your most frequently asked questions about the 1.75 per cent minimum wage increase and deliver the must-have tools for helping you work through the change. 

You can find the full decision by the Fair Work Commission Full Bench (FWCFB) from June 2020 here.

The effective date of the wage and allowance increase has been staggered to allow more preparation time for industries that had been hurt by the COVID-19 economic crisis. 

For industries which the FWCFB identified as less affected, the increase takes effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2020.

For those considered to be more significantly affected, the increase will take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 November 2020.

For the worst-affected industries, the increase won't take effect until the first pay period on or after 1 February 2021.

For group 1, 2 and 3 lists, see the table at the bottom of this article.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will be updating its pay and conditions tools as the changes come into effect.

What if I already pay above minimum wage?

If you are currently paying an employee more than the new minimum wage, you don't need to increase their salary. 

What if my employee is on JobKeeper?

The minimum wage applies to any work an employee performs while they're on JobKeeper if they get their pay rate from an award or the National Minimum wage.

Why is my industry not in the worst-hit category?

The FWCFB mostly used data on job losses and decline in total wages across broad industry classifications to assess the worst-hit sectors.

As a result, the groupings don't take into account the differing impact the pandemic is having on sectors within these classifications. 

Supported wage system

The minimum amount payable under the supported wage system provisions of the modern awards increased from $87 per week to $89 per week from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020.

If you have questions or concerns about implementing the minimum wage increase we encourage you to contact our Employee Relations Advice Centre team on 9365 7660 or email

Minimum wage increase start dates

Group 1: 1 July 2020

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award 2020 

Aged Care Award 2010 

Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award 2020 

Banking, Finance and Insurance Award 2020 

Cemetery Industry Award 2020 

Children’s Services Award 2010 

Cleaning Services Award 2020 

Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award 2020 

Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2020 

Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010 

Electrical Power Industry Award 2020 

Fire Fighting Industry Award 2020 

Funeral Industry Award 2010 

Gas Industry Award 2020 

Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020 

Medical Practitioners Award 2020 

Nurses Award 2010 

Pharmacy Industry Award 2020 

Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 

State Government Agencies Award 2020 

Water Industry Award 2020

Group 2: 1 November 2020

Aluminium Industry Award 2020 

Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2020 

Aquaculture Industry Award 2020 

Architects Award 2020 

Asphalt Industry Award 2020 

Australian Government Industry Award 2016 

Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010 

Book Industry Award 2020 

Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award 2010 

Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 

Business Equipment Award 2020 

Car Parking Award 2020 

Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award 2020 

Clerks—Private Sector Award 2020 

Coal Export Terminals Award 2020 

Concrete Products Award 2020 

Contract Call Centres Award 2020 

Cotton Ginning Award 2020 

Dredging Industry Award 2020 

Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2020 

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 

Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010 

Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2020 

Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award 2010 

Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award 2020 

Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award 2020 

Horticulture Award 2010 

Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award 2020 

Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award 2020 

Joinery and Building Trades Award 2010 

Journalists Published Media Award 2020 

Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2020 

Legal Services Award 2020 

Local Government Industry Award 2020 

Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2020 

Marine Towage Award 2020 

Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award 2020 

Market and Social Research Award 2020 

Meat Industry Award 2020 

Mining Industry Award 2020 

Miscellaneous Award 2020 

Mobile Crane Hiring Award 2010 

Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award 2020 

Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2020 

Pastoral Award 2010 

Pest Control Industry Award 2020 

Pharmaceutical Industry Award 2010 

Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010 

Port Authorities Award 2020 

Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award 2020 

Poultry Processing Award 2020 

Premixed Concrete Award 2020 

Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award 2020 

Professional Employees Award 2020 

Rail Industry Award 2020 

Real Estate Industry Award 2020 

Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2020 

Road Transport and Distribution Award 2020 

Salt Industry Award 2010 

Seafood Processing Award 2020 

Seagoing Industry Award 2020 

Security Services Award 2020 

Silviculture Award 2020 

Stevedoring Industry Award 2020 

Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2020 

Sugar Industry Award 2020 

Supported Employment Services Award 2020 

Surveying Award 2020 

Telecommunications Services Award 2010 

Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010 

Timber Industry Award 2010 

Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2020 

Waste Management Award 2020 

Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award 2010

Group 3: 1 February 2020

Air Pilots Award 2020 

Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2020 

Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award 2020 

Airport Employees Award 2020 

Alpine Resorts Award 2020 

Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2020 

Commercial Sales Award 2020 

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2020 

Fast Food Industry Award 2010 

Fitness Industry Award 2010 

General Retail Industry Award 2010 

Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 

Horse and Greyhound Training Award 2020 

Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 

Live Performance Award 2010 

Mannequins and Models Award 2020 

Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2020 

Nursery Award 2020 

Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award 2020 

Racing Clubs Events Award 2010 

Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020 

Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010 

Restaurant Industry Award 2020 

Sporting Organisations Award 2020 

Travelling Shows Award 2020 

Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020 

Wine Industry Award 2010 

We answer your most frequently asked questions about the 1.75 per cent minimum wage increase and deliver the must-have tools for helping you work through the change. 

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