The Fair Work Commission hands down its Annual Wage Review decision

On 16 June 2020, the Fair Work Commission (“FWC”) handed down its Annual Wage Review decision, announcing that the national minimum wage will increase by 2.5%.

The new minimum hourly wage will be $20.33 per hour (or $772.60 per week).

This constitutes an increase of 49 cents per hour or $18.80 per week.

Last year, the FWC decided to stagger the commencement of the wage increase for those industries particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, increases for most Awards will commence on 1 July 2021. However, there remains some exceptions for industries that remain heavily affected by the pandemic.

For workers covered by the following Awards, the increase will commence on 1 November 2021:

Air Pilots Award 2020

• Aircraft Cabin Crew Award 2020

• Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award 2020

• Airport Employees Award 2020

• Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016

• Alpine Resorts Award 2020

• Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2020

• Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2020

• Fitness Industry Award 2020

• Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010

• Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020

• Live Performance Award 2020

• Mannequins and Models Award 2020

• Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 2020

• Nursery Award 2020

• Racing Clubs Events Award 2020

• Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2020

• Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2020

• Restaurant Industry Award 2020

• Sporting Organisations Award 2020

• Travelling Shows Award 2020

• Wine Industry Award 2020.

For workers covered by the General Retail Industry Award 2020, the increase will commence 1 September 2021.

To read the decision in full, click here. (

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