Federal and State Minimum Wage Increases

Federal Minimum Wage Increases

The Fair Work Commission's minimum wage panel has increased the Federal Minimum Wage by 2.5% effective from the first full pay period after 1 July 2021.

For anyone not covered by a Modern Award or Enterprise Agreement, the new national weekly minimum wage will be $772.60 – or $20.33 an hour.

All Federal Modern Award rates of pay will also increase by 2.5% and the updated Wage Bulletins for employees covered by the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2020 and the Clerks - Private Sector - Award 2020 can be found here.

State Minimum Wage Increase

The WA Industrial Relations Commission has also imposed a 2.5% increase to the State minimum wage and award rate of pay.

The increase means employers under the State system will have to pay a $779.90 per week minimum wage to workers as of 1 July 2021.

The updated Wage Bulletin for employees covered by the State Electrical Contracting Industry Award R22 of 1978 can be found here.

Changes to Unfair Dismissal Claims

The high income threshold under s382(b)(iii) of the Fair Work Act which excludes employees not covered by an award or agreement from making an unfair dismissal claim will increase to $158,500 from 1 July and the compensation limit will be $79,250 for dismissals occurring on or after 1 July 2021.

Superannuation Reminder

Note also that the employer superannuation contribution also increased from 9.5% to 10% from 1 July 2021.

EGT Charge Out Rates

EGT Host Employers - please note that this increase applies to EGT apprentices, however EGT will not be passing this cost onto you until 2 August 2021.  

Disclaimer: This summary is a guide only and is not legal advice. For more information on employers’ wage obligations, call NECA Legal (WA) Pty Ltd on 6241 6129 or email necalegalwa@ecawa.org.au.