Minimum Wage Increase

The Fair Work Ombudsman is reminding employers that the national minimum wage will increase tomorrow to $23.23 per hour (up from $21.38) or $882.80 per week (up $70.20 from $812.60) based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.

This increase applies from an employee’s first full pay period starting on or after tomorrow, 1 July 2023.

On 2 June 2023, the Fair Work Commission announced the increase to the national minimum wage following its Annual Wage Review.

Casual employees entitled to the national minimum wage must receive a minimum $29.04 per hour, which includes their 25 per cent casual loading.

The Commission also announced that employees covered by awards will have their minimum wage rates increased by 5.75 per cent from the first full pay period starting on or after tomorrow.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said workplaces must ensure all their employees are paid at least the relevant minimum wage, in accordance with the Fair Work Commission’s decision.

“We've updated our free Pay Calculator to help employers and employees calculate the new pay rates.”

“We urge all businesses to use our Pay Calculator to check the lawful minimum rates they need to pay their staff, or to contact us directly for free assistance,” Ms Parker said.

“If workers are unsure which award applies to them, they can use our Find my award tool or contact us for help to find any applicable award.”

“If employers and employees have any questions about pay rates, they can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for free advice and assistance,” Ms Parker said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides education, assistance, advice and guidance to employers and employees on pay, leave and other entitlements. We also promote and monitor compliance with workplace laws, inquire into and investigate breaches of the Fair Work Act and take appropriate enforcement action.

The Fair Work Commission is Australia’s workplace relations tribunal and registered organisations regulator. They review and set the minimum wage each year, make awards, approve enterprise agreements and help resolve issues at work.

Employers and employees can visit or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available on 13 14 50. You can also report a workplace issue anonymously in your language.