New minimum wage, how to remain compliant

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 4th July 2018

AUTHORITIES are urging business to check the new minimum pay rates that apply from July 1, 2018.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is leading the call.

From this date, the national minimum wage will increase to $719.20 per week, or $18.93 per hour. The base rates of pay in modern awards will also increase, the Ombudsman says.

This follows the Fair Work Commission’s announcement last month of a 3.5 per cent increase to the national minimum wage.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is the agency responsible for ensuring that workplace participants are aware of their obligations and workplace rights.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says it is important that employers check the new wage rates that apply to their businesses to ensure that they are paying their workers correctly.

Online help resources

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s online materials, including its Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT), have been updated to reflect the wage rate changes.

The updated tool can assist employers and employees to calculate the new wage rates that will apply to them.

“Employers must take action to pass on the wage increase to their employees to make sure workers are receiving their full lawful entitlements,” Ms James says.

“Too often we find that the underpayment of wages can be traced back to a failure by employers to apply annual wage rises.

“We are here to help employers remain up to date with their workplace obligations, but all employers have a responsibility to check the law and make sure they remain compliant to avoid unexpected costs later down the track.

“We are making this easier than ever with the great range of resources available on our website at

Small business online hub

Earlier this year, the Fair Work Ombudsman launched its Small Business Showcase, an online hub to assist small businesses access the information and resources they need to ensure successful and compliant workplaces.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s online materials have also been updated to reflect further changes to penalty rates affecting the Hospitality, Pharmacy, Fast Food and Retail industries, as determined by the Fair Work Commission. These also come into effect from July 1, 2018.

Other changes will also apply to certain industries and modern awards, with all details available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

Call the hotline

Ms James encourages both employers and workers to access the free online tools and resources available at or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for assistance. Small businesses can opt for priority service by following the prompts and a free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.

“Employers can also register for a free My Account with us, which is an easy way to remain informed and receive tailored information relevant to their business,” Ms James said.

Follow Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James on Twitter @NatJamesFWO, the Fair Work Ombudsman @fairwork_gov_au or on Facebook.

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