Industrial Relations Update

June 30, 2016

2015/16 Annual Wage Review

The Minimum Wage Panel of the Fair Work Commission recently issued its 2015/2016 annual wage review decision.

The Minimum Wage Panel determined the following:

  • An increase of $15.80 (or 41 cents per hour) to the National Minimum Wage, bringing the weekly rate to $672.70 per week. This means the National Minimum Wage will increase from $17.29 to $17.70 per hour., and
  • An increase of 2.4% to modern award minimum wages.

The new wage rates and allowances apply from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July, 2016. For example, if your pay period runs from Monday to Sunday, the first day that the new rates will apply is Monday, 4 July 2016.

Each State and Territory Branch of TAA has distributed updated wages and allowances guides.

4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards

Penalty Rates

The matter is now reserved. A decision is expected to be handed down later in the year.

Part-time/Casual Employment Common Issue

This hearing will continue before a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission from 11-15 July and 15-19 August 2016.

The AHA is seeking a more flexible part-time employment provision and has filed extensive evidence and submissions supporting its proposal.