National Minimum Wage increase


The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.5% increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) following its 2021 Annual Wage Review.


The increase also applies to anyone who is paid minimum award wages.


Aboriginal community health services, disability services, aged care, nursing and emergency services are among the first group of industries to receive the awards increase, which will happen in 3 stages:

Group 1 – the award increase will start from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021:

● National Minimum Wage

● A total of 99 awards, including:

Aged Care Award 2010

Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award 2020

Nurses Award 2010

Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Industry Award 2010


Group 2 – the award increase will start from the first full pay period on or after 1 September 2021:

● General Retail Industry Award 2020


Group 3 – the award increase will start from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2021:

● A total of 21 awards in industries deemed still significantly impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as arts, recreation, fitness, beauty, aviation and tourism.


For anyone not covered by an award or an agreement, the new national minimum wage will be $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour. This applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021.


The Fair Work Commission is currently working on updates to their online pay tools, information and resources with the new rates.


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