The weekly minimum rate of pay for employees in the Federal
workplace relations system will increase to $543.78 (or $14.31
per hour) from 1 October 2008. For employers in the Queensland
industrial system, the Queensland Minimum Wage will increase to
$552 per week (or $14.53 per hour) from 1 September 2008.
The Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) recently handed
down its latest decision to increase minimum rates of pay for
employees in the Federal workplace relations system. The
increase will take effect from the first pay period after 1
The AFPC has increased the Federal Minimum Wage and all
Australian Pay and Classification Scales by $21.66 a week. This
means the minimum weekly wage has increased to $543.78 (from
$522.12) and minimum hourly rates have increased to $14.31
(from $13.74). These increases flow on to junior employees,
employees with a disability, casual employees and employees
receiving basic piece rates of pay.
The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has also
increased the Queensland Minimum Wage and minimum rates of pay
for award covered employees in the Queensland industrial
relations system. From 1 September, both the QMW and award
rates will increase by $23.60 per week, taking the minimum
weekly wage in Queensland to $552.00 (or $14.53 per hour).
Employers should ensure that, from the relevant date, all
employees are paid at the minimum wage rate applicable to their
circumstances, whether under a Federal pay scale, an applicable
State award, or according to the applicable minimum wage. The
impact on pay rates fixed by ongoing AWAs, ITEAs or collective
agreements also needs to be assessed.
Failure to pay at the appropriate minimum rates (plus
loadings and penalties where these apply) could result in
prosecution by the Federal or State regulators, and liability
for both wages unpaid and substantial penalties.
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