Australian Minimum Wage July 2022

2022/23 Australian Minimum Wage.

On 15 June 2022, the Fair Work Commission announced it will raise the national minimum wage by 5.2% from 1 July 2022, taking the permanent workers minimum wage to $21.38 per hour, or $812.60 a week for full-time workers.

This gives a full time permanent worker, whose wage is based on the minimum wage, an extra $40 per week.

Casual Workers minimum wage 2022/23.

The national minimum wage for a casual employee over the age of 21 is $26.73 per hour. This includes an extra 25% to cover Holiday and Sick pay, that a casual worker does not receive.

A full time permanent worker (38 hours per week) that takes 4 weeks holiday per year, 5 sick days, will receive $42,246.88 during the year. (52 weeks x 38 hours x $21.38)

A casual worker, working the same hours would receive $47,739.78. (47 weeks x 38 hours x $26.73)

Australian workers under the age of 21 must be paid at least a specific percentage of the Adult Minimum Wage.


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Minimum wages for young workers are calculated as a percentage of the national minimum wage. This table shows the minimum rate you can be paid, depending on your age.

These percentages are:

  • 36.8% for those under 16.
  • 47.4% for those aged 16.
  • 57.8% for those aged 17.
  • 68.3% for those aged 18.
  • 82.5% for those aged 19.
  • 97.7% for those aged 20.

On 16 June 2021, the Fair Work Commission announced it will raise the national minimum wage by 2.5% from 1 July 2021, taking the minimum wage to $20.33 per hour, or $772.60 a week for full-time workers.

Casual employees covered by the national minimum wage also get at least a 25% casual loading to compensate for Holiday and Sick Pay.

Who Decides on the Minimum Wage in Australia?

The Fair Work Commission is responsible for reviewing and setting minimum wages for employees in the national workplace relations system.

The annual wage review is generally conducted in the second half of the financial year, from March to June.

The Fair Work Commission Expert Panel is made up of the President, three other full-time members and 3 part-time members.

 

Previous Years Minimum Wage in Australia.

Effective from 1 July in each year.

  • 2022 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $21.38 per hour or $812.60 per week.
  • 2021 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $20.33 per hour or $772.60 per week.
  • 2020 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $19.84 per hour or $753.80 per week.
  • 2019 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $19.49 per hour or $740.80 per week, from July 2019.
  • 2018 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $18.93 per hour or $719.20 per week, from July 2018.
  • 2017 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $18.29 per hour or $694.90 per week, from July 2017.
  • 2016 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $17.70 per hour or $672.70 per week, from July 2016.
  • 2015 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $17.29 per hour or $656.90 per week, from July 2015.
  • 2014 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $16.87 per hour or $640.90 per week, from July 2014.
  • 2013 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $16.37 per hour or $622.20 per week, from July 2013.
  • 2012 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $15.96 per hour or $606.40 per week, from July 2012.
  • 2011 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $15.51 per hour or $589.30 per week, from July 2011.
  • 2010 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $15.00 per hour or $569.90 per week, from July 2010.
  • 2009 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $14.31 per hour or $543.78 per week, from July 2009.
  • 2008 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $14.31 per hour or $543.78 per week, from October 2008.
  • 2007 Australian Minimum Wage rate was $13.74 per hour or $522.12 per week, from October 2007.
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