Minimum Wages to Increase by 1.75% from 1 November 2020

Minimum Wages to Increase by 1.75% from 1 November 2020

Employers in the construction, clerical, food, manufacturing, telecommunications, storage and wholesale industries are among the many industries whose minimum Modern Award wages will be increasing on 1 November 2020.

Each year the Fair Work Commission reviews the minimum wages contained in all Modern Awards and this year it announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages on 19 June 2020.

Whilst the wage increases usually apply from 1 July for all Modern Awards, this year the Fair Work Commission postponed a number of increases to industries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. All Modern Awards were broken up to three groups, with Group 1 increases starting on 1 July 2020, Group 2 commencing on 1 November 2020 and lastly, Group 3 commencing on 1 February 2021.

The full list of awards that will be increasing on November 1 include:

Aluminium Industry Award

Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award

Aquaculture Industry Award

Architects Award

Asphalt Industry Award

Black Coal Mining Industry Award

Book Industry Award

Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award

Building and Construction General On-site Award

Business Equipment Award

Car Parking Award

Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award

Clerks—Private Sector Award

Coal Export Terminals Award

Concrete Products Award

Contract Call Centres Award

Cotton Ginning Award

Dredging Industry Award

Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award

Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award

Gardening and Landscaping Services Award

Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award

Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award

Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award

Horticulture Award

Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award

Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award

Joinery and Building Trades Award

Journalists Published Media Award

Labour Market Assistance Industry Award

Legal Services Award

Local Government Industry Award

Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award

Marine Towage Award

Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award

Market and Social Research Award

Meat Industry Award

Mining Industry Award

Miscellaneous Award

Mobile Crane Hiring Award

Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award

Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award

Pastoral Award

Pest Control Industry Award

Pharmaceutical Industry Award

Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award

Port Authorities Award

Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award

Poultry Processing Award

Premixed Concrete Award

Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award

Professional Employees Award

Rail Industry Award

Real Estate Industry Award

Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award

Road Transport and Distribution Award

Salt Industry Award

Seafood Processing Award

Seagoing Industry Award

Security Services Award

Silviculture Award

Stevedoring Industry Award

Storage Services and Wholesale Award

Sugar Industry Award

Supported Employment Services Award

Surveying Award

Telecommunications Services Award

Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award

Timber Industry Award

Transport (Cash in Transit) Award

Waste Management Award

Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award



The third group of awards that will increase on 1 February 2021 include:

Air Pilots Award

Aircraft Cabin Crew Award

Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award

Airport Employees Award

Alpine Resorts Award

Amusement, Events and Recreation Award

Commercial Sales Award

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award

Fast Food Industry Award

Fitness Industry Award

General Retail Industry Award

Hair and Beauty Industry Award

Horse and Greyhound Training Award

Hospitality Industry (General) Award

Live Performance Award

Mannequins and Models Award

Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award

Nursery Award

Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award

Racing Clubs Events Award

Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award

Registered and Licensed Clubs Award

Restaurant Industry Award

Sporting Organisations Award

Travelling Shows Award

Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award

Wine Industry Award


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