Fair Work Commission announces 3% increase to minimum wage
From 1 July 2019, the national minimum wage will be increased to $19.49 per hour. This decision from the Fair Work Commission will directly affect 2.2 million employees, or 21% of all employees.
The lowest paid will now receive a minimum of $740.80 a week when pay rises take effect on 1 July. Justice Iain Ross said the decision would directly increase the pay of 2.2m Australians, suggesting a real increase was necessary to help households still experiencing “significant disadvantage”.
While this increase is less than last year's increase, Redfern Legal Centre welcomes this boost in wages to support low-income workers. We urge all employees to check that you are being paid the current minimum of $18.93 per hour, and to make sure that your employer applies the increase to your first pay in the new financial year.
If you think you are being underpaid, contact Redfern Legal Centre's employment law service on 02 9698 7277. If you are an international student, you can also CLICK HERE for further info.
Read more: Minimum wage to be increased by 3% to $740.80 a week (The Guardian, 30 May 2019)
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See also: Short changed at work: what to do if you are experiencing wage theft (Redfern Legal Centre)