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Fair Work Annual Wage Review 2019-2020

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages following its 2020 Annual Wage Review. The new national minimum wage will be $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour (including for anyone not covered by an award or an agreement).


This will apply to all award wages. However, the increase to awards will be spread out in 3 different groups. See more details below.


The increase doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than their new minimum wage.

Staged Implementation


The wage increase takes effect in a staged implementation. The 1.75% increase will apply to minimum rates in Modern Awards in the following 3 stages from the first full pay period after the group date.

Group 1 Awards - from 1st July 2020

  • Frontline Health Care & Social Assistance Workers

  • Teachers and Child Care

  • Other Essential Services

Click here for a complete list of awards in Group 1


Group 2 Awards - from 1st November 2020

  • Construction

  • Manufacturing

  • A range of other industries

Click here for a complete list of awards in Group 2


Group 3 Awards - from 1st February 2021

  • Accommodation and Food Services

  • Arts and Recreation Services

  • Aviation

  • Retail

  • Tourism

Click here for a complete list of awards in Group 3

What do you need to do?


The FWC is working on updating their pay tools with the new rates and Group 1 Awards should be ready by 1st July 2020. Ensure your business is ready to pay the increase to your employees at the appropriate date. If you need help determining which Group you fall into and what date the increase will take place, please contact us ASAP.


References and Links for more information:


FWO - Find my award

FWO - Subscribe to email updates

FWO - 2020 Annual Wage Review

FWO - Summary of the Commissions decision 2019-2020

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