National Minimum Wage increase

27/06/2024

On 3 June 2024, the Fair Work Commission handed down its Annual Wage Review 2023-2024 decision and raised the National Minimum Wage and Award wages by 3.75%.

Employers must pay the higher rates of pay from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2024.

The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by Awards or enterprise agreements.

From 1 July 2024 the National Minimum Wage will be increased to $915.90 per week (based on a 38 hour week) or $24.10 per hour. The special minimum wages for National Minimum Wage employees who have a disability will also be increased.

Employees covered by an enterprise agreement must not be paid less than the minimum rate of pay in the Award that covers them, or the National Minimum Wage if an Award does not apply.

Employers should take steps to review the rates of pay in any current enterprise agreement to ensure these rates of pay are not less than the new minimum Award rates. If the rates of pay for any employees have fallen below the minimum Award rate or National Minimum Wage (as applicable) you must pay them equal to the new minimum rates of pay.

In summary:

  • Ensure Award covered staff are paid consistent with the increased Award rates 
  • For organisations with Enterprise Agreements, ensure the base rate of pay is consistent with the increased Award rates 
  • For staff not covered by an Award or Enterprise Agreement, ensure staff are paid above the increased Minimum Wage  
  • Minimum entitlements are taken into consideration in any agreed set off in remuneration packages. 

If your organisation requires assistance understanding the effect of the Annual Wage Review, including its impact on employees covered by enterprise agreements, contact us at enquiries@griffinlegal.com.au

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