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Fair Work Commission announces increase to the minimum wage

Today the Fair Work Commission handed down its yearly wage review decision. The good news for employees is that the Commission decided that the national minimum wage should be increased by 3.5%.

This now means that the hourly national minimum wage from 1 July 2018 will rise to $18.93. The weekly minimum wage will now be $719.20. For employees who are paid according to the national minimum wage. This represents an increase of $24.30 per week.

The Commission also decided that the pay rates contained in the modern awards should increase by 3.5%.

It is important to note that whilst the decision was handed down today, the decision does not take effect until the first full pay period after 1 July 2018.

Whilst employees may need to hold off to obtain the benefit of the increase, it is a good time to remind employees to be vigilant about checking their pay.

Top tips

  1. Make sure you are receiving regular payslips. A payslip should be provided within 1 business day of you being paid;
  2. Keep an accurate record of the hours you worked. Don’t rely on your employer to do so, your records can be valuable evidence down the track if you need to start a case. An easy way of recording your hours is through the “Record My Hours” app;
  3. Make sure you know which Award covers your employment. You can locate copies of the Awards on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website;
  4. Check your superannuation account regularly. Just because superannuation is recorded on your payslips as being paid, doesn’t necessarily mean that it gets paid into your account;
  5. If you have any concerns about your pay you can speak to your employer about this. Your employer can’t sack you for asking about your pay;
  6. Check your payslips after the increase is to take effect to make sure that you aren’t being ripped off.

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Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: May 31, 2018.

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