Posted on 17/6/2021
HR & Recruitment
The Fair Work Commission recently completed its annual review of wages for Australian workers, reaching a unanimous decision to increase all Award rates by 2.5%, bringing the national minimum wage to $772.60 per week. Similar to last year, the increase will be delayed for sectors most impacted by COVID-19.
Workers covered by the General Retail Award 2020 will not see the increase until 1 September 2021 and those covered by the following Awards will need to wait until 1 November 2021:
For all other modern Awards, the increase comes into effect from 1 July 2021.
Cecilia White, HR Consulting Director of Perks People Solutions, encourages all employers to note these increases and ensure that those employees paid on Award or slightly over Award are paid in line with the increased rates.
“It’s important for business owners to be aware of which group their Award or minimum wage employees fall into and to keep a close eye on their payroll over coming months to ensure they aren’t caught out by these changes.”
“Most business owners are honest – the last thing they want is to underpay their employees and the penalties for non-compliance are severe,” she says.
“With the Fair Work Ombudsman’s increasing focus on uncovering cases wage theft a comprehensive payroll audit will provide reassurance that you are compliant and haven’t missed anything in your systems or processes.”