Fair Work Commission announces 5.2% increase to minimum wage
From 1 July 2022, the national minimum wage will be increased from $20.33 to $21.38 per hour. Casual employees covered by the minimum wage get at least a 25% loading on top of this.
This decision from the Fair Work Commission will directly affect 2.7 million employees. Workers covered by modern awards will get an increase of at least 4.6%.
Low-income workers will now receive a minimum of $812.60 per week when pay rises take effect on 1 July. The FWC panel noted that this level of increase will protect the real value of the wages of the lowest-paid workers.
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 $21.38 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.
Migrants and other vulnerable workers anywhere in NSW can contact the Employment Rights Legal Service at www.erls.org.au or phone 02 8004 3270.
If you are an international student, you can contact RLC's international Student Legal Service NSW at www.rlc.org.au/contact or phone on 02 9698 7645
Read more: Australian minimum wage increased by 5.2 per cent in Fair Work Commission decision (ABC, 15 June 2022)
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See also: Short changed at work: what to do if you are experiencing wage theft (Redfern Legal Centre)