Increase to National Minimum Wage – does this affect your business?

Fair Work have recently announced the national minimum wage has received an increase of 2.5% with the change to affect all awards in three stages, those being: July, September and November. The three stages are listed at the end of this article.

To check what your employees’ rate of pay should be, head to and use the pay calculator to find the minimum for your industry and employee level.

If you require any assistance with checking of award rates, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Awards where changes take effect from your first full pay period after 1 July 2021:

MA000018 Aged Care Award
MA000118 Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award
MA000153 Australian Government Industry Award
MA000020 Building and Construction General On-site Award
MA000095 Car Parking Award
MA000120 Children’s Services Award
MA000022 Cleaning Services Award
MA000002 Clerks – Private Sector Award
MA000083 Commercial Sales Award
MA000023 Contract Call Centres Award
MA000075 Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award
MA000077 Education Services (Teachers) Award
MA000025 Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award
MA000003 Fast Food Industry Award
MA000073 Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award
MA000101 Gardening and Landscaping Services Award
MA000027 Health Professionals and Support Services Award
MA000008 Horse and Greyhound Training Award
MA000028 Horticulture Award
MA000010 Manufacturing & Associated Industries & Occupations Award
MA000059 Meat Industry Award
MA000104 Miscellaneous Award
MA000034 Nurses Award
MA000063 Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award
MA000012 Pharmacy Industry Award
MA000051 Port Authorities Award
MA000074 Poultry Processing Award
MA000065 Professional Employees Award
MA000015 Rail Industry Award
MA000038 Road Transport and Distribution Award
MA000016 Security Services Industry Award
MA000100 Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Ind. Award
MA000084 Storage Services and Wholesale Award
MA000103 Supported Employment Services Award
MA000041 Telecommunications Services Award
MA000043 Waste Management Award

Awards where changes take effect from your first full pay period after 1 September 2021:

MA000004 General Retail Industry Award

Awards where changes take effect from your first full pay period after 1 November 2021:

MA000049 Airport Employees Award
MA000092 Alpine Resorts Award
MA000080 Amusement, Events & Recreation Award
MA000096 Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award
MA000094 Fitness Industry Award
MA000005 Hair and Beauty Industry Award
MA000009 Hospitality Industry (General) Award
MA000081 Live Performance Award
MA000033 Nursery Award
MA000013 Racing Clubs Events Award
MA000058 Registered & Licensed Clubs Award
MA000119 Restaurant Industry Award
MA000082 Sporting Organisations Award
MA000102 Travelling Shows Award
MA000090 Wine Industry Award



Kate Lindquist