The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided on a 3 per cent increase on the national minimum wage from 1 July.
The decision means that Australia’s lowest paid workers will get a $21.60 a week pay rise to a new weekly FT rate of $740.80 ($19.49/hr).
The minimum wage is currently $719.20 a week, after the FWC chose to enact a 3.5 per cent (or $24.30) per week increase in 2018.
In the lead up to the decision, The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) had argued that the minimum wage should rise by $43 a week, or 6%, to $762.20.
However, The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry recommended the increase not exceed 1.8 per cent, while the Australian Industry Group argued for a 2 per cent, or $14.40 a week, increase.
President Justice Iain Ross said that the increase was to meet the needs of low-paid households after considering that the economy had performed “moderately well” and the labour market was strong.
Justice Ross added that the panel “decided to award a lower increase than last year having regard to the changes of economic environment, the drop in GDP and inflation and having regard to tax transfer changes that have taken effect in current review period”.
All increases will take effect as of 01 July 2019.
For more details visit FWC Annual Wage Reviews.