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Blog / June 15th, 2022

Fair Work Commission hands down decision on 2021-2022 annual wage review

The Fair Work Commission has released their decision to increase the national minimum wage.

Each financial year the Fair Work Commission reviews the national minimum wage.

The panel assesses the changes in data from year to year and considers the economic impact of any minimum wage increase.

Of note in this review is that the unemployment rate has decreased since last year’s review; now standing at 3.9%.

However, as has been wildly publicised in recent times, there has also been a sharp rise in the cost of living with CPI increasing from 1.1% at last year’s review to the current 5.1%. These changes in the economic environment weighed heavily in the Commission’s decision to increase the minimum wage.

The minimum wage will be increased by $40 per week, which represents a 5.2% increase. This results in the new weekly minimum wage being $812.60, or $21.38 per hour.

Modern award minimum wages are to increase by 4.6%, subject to that resulting in an increase of $40 per week.

The increase will apply for most awards from 1 July 2022, with some exceptions.

There will be a delayed operative date of 1 October 2022 for the following awards:

  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2020

  • Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award 2020

  • Air Pilots Award 2020

  • Airport Employees Award 2020

  • Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016

  • Alpine Resorts Award 2020

  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020

  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2020

  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2020

  • Restaurant Industry Award 2020.


If you have any queries on the wage review, please contact our Employment and Workplace Relations team.

Thank you to Katie Draper, lawyer in our team for assisting with this update.


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