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Pay rise coming for Aussie workers

Australian money and people walking
Aussies working in these industries are getting a pay bump this week. (Source: Getty)

Aussies working in some key industries are getting a pay bump this week, as the minimum wage increase comes through.

The Fair Work Commission raised the minimum wage by $40 per week on July 1, an increase of 5.2 per cent to the national minimum wage and 4.6 per cent to the award minimum wage.

But the increase was delayed to October 1 for certain industries heavily impacted by COVID.

Workers in the hospitality, tourism and aviation industries will now see a pay rise for their first full pay period from October 1.

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With payments typically sent to workers by the 15th of each month, this week should mark the first time these workers see a boost.

Which Aussies are getting a pay bump?

Workers receiving these 10 awards will receive a pay rise from October 1:

Aviation

  • Air Pilots Award [MA000046]

  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award [MA000047]

  • Airline Operations - Ground Staff Award [MA000048]

  • Airport Employees Award [MA000049]

  • Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016 [MA000141]

Hospitality

  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award [MA000009]

  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award [MA000058]

  • Restaurant Industry Award [MA000119]

Tourism

  • Alpine Resorts Award [MA000092]

  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award [MA000093]

The award minimum wage increase of 4.6 per cent was subject to a minimum increase of $40 per week for adult awards (based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee), Fair Work said.

That means workers earning below $869.60 per week will see a pay increase of $40 per week.

Workers earning more than this may see a higher pay increase.

You can use Fair Work’s Pay and Conditions Tool to calculate your new rate of pay and any allowances.

Cost of living was at the forefront of the minimum wage increase decision.

“We are conscious that the low-paid are particularly vulnerable in the context of rising inflation,” Fair Work president Justice Iain Ross said at the time of the wage-review decision.

Inflation surged to 7 per cent in the year to July, and eased slightly to 6.8 per cent in the year to August.

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