National Minimum Wages Increase

Friday 26 Jun 2020

The annual review of the minimum wage was handed down on Friday, 19 June 2020 by the Fair Work Commission. The following decisions were made: 

  • Minimum wages increased by 1.75 per cent - an increase of 35 cents per hour to $19.84 per hour. For a full-time worker the increase is $13 per week to $753.80 per week.
  • Award wages will increase by 1.75 per cent.-The introduction of which will be staggered with frontline health care and social assistance workers, including aged care and disability support workers, receiving the increase from 1 July 2020. Other workers will receive their increase on either 1 November 2020 or 1 February 2021. 

Our members under these awards will receive an increase from 1 July:

  • Aged Care Award 
  • Health Professionals and Support Services Award 
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 

Although the HSU is disappointed by the very modest 1.75 per cent increase, we welcome the fact that the FWC did not adopt employer calls to freeze wages. Read the National HSU's statement here.

This was the first time the Commission was not unanimous in its decision. One Commissioner, an economist recently appointed by the Morrison Government, wanted no pay increase at all for Australia’s lowest paid employees.

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