National minimum wage increased by 3.5% to $18.93 an hour


Posted on 03/08/18 in

Use Apprenticeship Support Australia's Victoria-exclusive service and find out if you are paying your apprentices and/or trainees the correct wage as a result of the recent pay increase.

From 1st July 2018, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) increased the national minimum wage by 3.5% to $719.20 a week. This amounts to a pay increase of at least $24.30 a week for over two million workers whose pay rate is determined by one of the 122 modern awards.

This is the ninth consecutive year that wage growth has outpaced the national inflation rate, currently at 1.9%. This year’s pay bump was also higher than recent years. The national minimum wage and minimum award wage increased by 3.3% in 2017 and 2.4% in 2016.

To check if you are paying the correct apprenticeship and or traineeship wage, call Apprenticeship Support Australia 1300 363 831 and press option 4.

Please note that this free apprenticeship and traineeship award wage support service is only for Victorian businesses that have signed up an apprentice or trainee through Apprenticeship Support Australia.
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