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What you need to know about the minimum wage increase

minimum wage increaseThe Fair Work Commission has determined today that award-reliant workers receive a 2.5% increase effective from the first full pay period on or after July 1 2021.  The national minimum wage for adults increases to $772.60, an increase of $18.80 a week. 

Master Electricians will be aware from previous years, in late June the Fair Work Commission will revise the minimum wage for each award and announce new rates, including changes to allowances.

The Commission has divided the modern awards into two groups based on the impact of ongoing particular economic impacts on their financial positions, generally.

These included the Aviation, Fitness Industry, Tourism, and Retail Trade Awards warranted a delay to their increases to November 1 2021. Specifically, this list of Awards is:

Air Pilots Award 2020 Live Performance Award 2020
Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2020 Mannequins and Models Award 2020
Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award 2020 Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2020
Airport Employees Award 2020 Nursery Award 2020
Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016 Racing Clubs Events Award 2020
Alpine Resorts Award 2020 Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020
Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2020 Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2020
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2020 Restaurant Industry Award 2020
Fitness Industry Award 2020 Sporting Organisations Award 2020
Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 Travelling Shows Award 2020
Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 Wine Industry Award 2020


Increases for the General Retail Industry Award 2020 will come into effect on September 1 2021.


New Wage Sheets

For Electrical Award, Constructions and Manufacturing Awards the wages will come into effect on July 1 2021.

MEA will be releasing a new wages schedule in electronic copy as soon as the calculations and rates are confirmed by FWC. Based on previous years’ experience this will not be until late June.

Apprentice rates will also increase as a result of this wage decision. 


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Additional Notes
  1. Employers operating under registered Enterprise Agreements will need to refer to the terms of their agreement to determine whether this wage increase will have any bearing on their rates.


  1. Employers who pay over and above these minimum rates will be able to absorb this increase into the rates already paid. This wage increase will affect those Members whose employees are paid on rates in accordance with the modern awards.


  1. The Modern Award summary notes will also be updated and a soft copy will be circulated to members via email. Members who have registered online will receive a hard copy in the mail.


  1. This increase does not affect Western Australian sole traders, partnerships or non-constitutional employers.


All Master Electricians have unlimited access, no cost, to the Employer Advice hotline. One of the many benefits of being a Master Electrician. Phone direct on 1300 889 198. 

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