National Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2016

Fair Work Logo wth White Bgrnd V3The Fair Work Commission recently handed down the highly anticipated ruling to determine how much the existing minimum wage would increase for the next 12 months. The result is that the Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase in the minimum wage, which will flow on to bricklaying apprentices under the Modern Award, applicable for the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July, 2016.

Employers need do nothing at this point. It takes the Fair Work Commission 2 – 3 weeks to update the pay rates in each award. ABBTF will provide full details of the new rate at our Become a Bricklayer and ABBTF websites as soon as possible following the Fair Work announcement on actual rate changes.  Fair Work also advises the change by email, (for those registered with the Commission) when the updated pay rates are available. Current Apprentice Rates Pre-July 1 Increase

One in five Australian workers is affected by the increase, as their pay is set by Award rates which set out the minimum pay and conditions. Employees whose companies operate under an enterprise bargaining agreement are also impacted as they are legally required to leave staff better off than the Award.  Review our important tool on understanding Employers rights and obligations under the Fair Work Act, and your rights as an Apprentice.


Geoff Noble

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