Australia’s lowest paid workers will soon receive a pay rise, but it’s well short of last year’s increase and what unions had hoped for.
Australia’s lowest paid workers will soon receive a pay rise, but it’s well short of last year’s increase and what unions had hoped for.

Australia’s minimum wage set to climb

Australia's lowest-paid workers will get a $13 a week pay rise.

This means the national minimum wage will rise by 1.75 per cent to $753.80 a week or $19.84 per hour from July 1, the Fair Work Commission announced on Friday.

The rise falls well short of the three per cent increase to the minimum wage last year.

Commission president Justice Iain Ross says it comes amid a significant downturn in Australia's economy, driven by the coronavirus.

"The shock to the labour market has been unprecedented," he said in a recorded message released on Friday morning.

Australia’s lowest-paid workers will get a $13 a week pay rise. Picture: iStock
Australia’s lowest-paid workers will get a $13 a week pay rise. Picture: iStock

There are also significant downside risks to the economy ahead, he said, including the potential threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections.

"The outlook, including the nature and speed of the expected recovery, remains highly uncertain," he said.

Peak union body the ACTU had argued for a four per cent rise this year. Business groups had argued the minimum wage should be frozen until mid-2021 to enable people impacted by the coronavirus-driven downturn to find jobs.

The commission's decision directly affects 2.24 million low-paid workers and indirectly affects many more.

Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter had opposed any substantial increase to what is already the world's highest minimum wage.

Originally published as Australia's minimum wage set to climb



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