Nov 1, 2020 and Feb 1, 2021 – 1.75% Rise in Minimum Award Wages

Are you completely clear on when you need to implement the rise in minimum Award wages this year?  

Unlike past years, the implementation of increases in minimum Award wages this financial year has been split in to 3 stages to be implemented back on:   

  • July 1 2020
  • Nov 1 2020, and  
  • Feb 1 2021.  

So if the minimum Award wage increase didn’t apply to you as of July 1st, then depending on which Award your employees are employed under, you will need to apply the increase on either Nov 1 this year 2020 or Feb 1 next year 2021. 

If you’re listening to this blog right now rather than reading the transcript then you can check whether the Awards you employ your employees under fall within the Nov 1st 2020 increases or the Feb 1st 2021 increases, by checking out the link in the transcript below or in our blog

One Quick Tip: The increase only applies to employees that get their pay rates from:  

  • The National Minimum Wage  
  • An award, or  
  • A registered agreement (in some cases).  

Need Advice? 

If you need advice or assistance in this area, we are here to help. Here are just some of the things our clients come to us for guidance on: 

  • Showing you how to calculate the new wages for your employees 
  • Understanding whether the increase applies to your employees 
  • Reviewing the wording in your registered agreement, to see whether this increase affects you 
  • Whether your employees who already get paid more than their new minimum wage, get this increase 
  • Whether it applies to work an employee performs while they’re in the JobKeeper scheme

If you’ve got a burning HR question, and haven’t been on contact with us before, a great place to start is on the home page of our HR Tactics website where you’ll find our HR Q&A section. Submit your question there and we’ll come back to you with our best advice, on the house.

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Nov 1, 2020 and Feb 1, 2021 – 1.75% Rise in Minimum Award Wages

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Jackie Strachan

Jackie Strachan

Jackie’s passion for creating better Human Resources outcomes stems from over 20 years’ experience in the field and a drive for finding innovative solutions.
Her HR career has seen her hold both operational and strategic HR management roles across a vast array of industry sectors including retail, financial services, child protection, professional services, dental, state emergency services, Department of Justice, agency recruitment and IT.
Combining her experience in each specialised area of Human Resources (such as learning & development, recruitment, WHS and employee relations etc), Jackie leads HR Tactics with an industry-respected foundation of knowledge.