Award Wages to Increase by 3.5%

The Fair Work Commission has today announced a 3.5% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018.

Commencing on 1 July 2018 the national minimum wage will increase to $18.93 per hour or an extra $24.30 per week. This represents an increase of 3.5% from the current national minimum wage. The national minimum wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement. If you are unsure if your employees are covered by an award please contact the MPAQ Workplace Relations team on 07 3273 0800 or email

The national minimum wage will now be $719.20 per week from 1 July 2018.The 3.5% increase will flow on to the modern award rates, which means a plumbing tradesperson’s rate will increase by $28 per week.

MPAQ will be updating the current wage sheets and they will be available on our website to MPAQ members prior to 1 July 2018, subject to the information being released by Fair Work.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Workplace Relations team on 07 3273 0800.

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