1 July 2020

From 1 July 2020: 

The national minimum wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement.

For a complete list of Awards in each group, please refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman website

The increase in pay rate applies to employees whose employment is covered by a modern award and whose minimum pay rates are governed by that award.  Employers who pay award rates must check the relevant award to ensure that they are paying their employees according to the award. 

If you’re not sure which award applies to you, check the List of awards on the Fair Work Australia website

Employees who earn more than the high income threshold and who are not covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement are not able to access the unfair dismissal provisions in the Fair Work Act.

In calculating whether an employee’s earnings are above the high income thresholds, the following must be included:


What employers should do

If you pay award wages to your employees, check the applicable awards and the start dates for increases, and update rates of pay accordingly.