Minimum wage increase for some awards from 1 October 2022
Minimum wages in 10 awards in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors increase from 1 October 2022.
Our pay tools, information and resources have been updated with the new pay rates and allowances.
- use our Pay and Conditions Tool to calculate your new rate of pay and any allowances
- access and download an updated pay guide for your award
- use our Restaurant Award interactive tool to check entitlements.
The National Minimum Wage and minimum wages for all other awards increased from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022.
Learn more below at 1 October 2022 minimum wage increase.
Following the Annual Wage Review 2021-22, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) announced:
- an increase to the National Minimum Wage of $40 per week, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%
- an increase to award minimum wages of 4.6%, which is subject to a minimum increase for adult award classifications of $40 per week and based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.
Other award wages, including junior, apprentice and supported wages that are based on adult minimum wages, get a proportionate increase.
The increases to award minimum wages in 10 aviation, tourism and hospitality sector awards start from the first pay period on or after 1 October 2022.
The increases to the National Minimum Wage and to award minimum wages in all other awards started on the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022.
Find new minimum wages now
We (the Fair Work Ombudsman) have updated our pay tools, information and resources with the new rates for all awards. This includes awards that increase on 1 October 2022.
- use our Pay and Conditions Tool to calculate your new pay rate (including allowances)
- go to our Pay guides page to access the updated pay guide for your award
- use our Find my award tool to check what award you're covered by.
If you’re covered by the Restaurant Industry Award, you can also find updated pay rates in our Restaurant Award interactive tool.
Continue reading to learn more about the minimum wage increases and when they started.
Award minimum wage increases from 1 July and 1 October 2022
When the changes started
Minimum wages in awards increased in most awards from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022. See 1 July 2022 minimum wage increase for a list of those awards.
The increases to award minimum wages in 10 awards in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors start from the first pay period on or after 1 October 2022. See 1 October 2022 minimum wage increase for a list of those awards.
How the changes work
Most employees are covered by an award. Awards are legal documents that set the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment. If you’re not sure which award applies to you, use Find my award.
Adult minimum award wages have increased by 4.6%, which is subject to a minimum increase for award classifications of $40 per week and based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.
Other award wages, including junior, apprentice and supported wages that are based on adult minimum wages, get a proportionate increase.
This means minimum award wages:
- above $869.60 per week get a 4.6% increase
- below $869.60 per week get a $40 increase.
Read our examples below to understand how this wage increase works in practice:
Example: Employee earning less than $869.60
Daniel is a full-time adult employee working under the Hospitality Award. He is a general waiter with a classification of Food and beverage attendant grade 1.
Daniel’s weekly minimum wage before 1 October 2022 is $794.80.
As this weekly wage is below $869.60, he will receive a $40 increase in his weekly wage from 1 October 2022.
Example: Employee earning above $869.60
Julie is a trade qualified chef working under the Hospitality Award. She works at a higher level of Level 4 cook (tradesperson).
Julie’s weekly minimum wage before 1 October 2022 is $899.50.
As this weekly wage is above $869.60, her weekly wage will increase by 4.6% from 1 October 2022.
National Training Wage increase
Wage increases for trainees under the National Training Wage have come into effect on the same date as award minimum wage increases. This includes awards that refer to and incorporate the terms under Schedule E of the Miscellaneous Award, which has an operative date of 1 July 2022.
Learn more about this wage in our Library article Trainee rates in the National Training Wage schedule.
If you’re covered by a registered agreement, your base rate can’t be less than the relevant award. An increase to the minimum rate paid may apply. Find out more in our Library article Annual Wage Reviews and registered agreements.
Check your agreement by searching for it on the FWC website: Find an agreement.
1 October 2022 minimum wage increase
For 10 awards in the aviation, hospitality and tourism industries, the increase happens from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2022. The affected awards are:
- Air Pilots Award [MA000046]
- Aircraft Cabin Crew Award [MA000047]
- Airline Operations - Ground Staff Award [MA000048]
- Airport Employees Award [MA000049]
- Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016 [MA000141]
- Hospitality Industry (General) Award [MA000009]
- Registered and Licensed Clubs Award [MA000058
- Restaurant Industry Award [MA000119]
- Alpine Resorts Award [MA000092]
- Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award [MA000093]
Grade 3 Hospitality Award employees
For Grade 3 employees receiving loaded rates under the Hospitality Award, there has been an adjustment of the loaded rate with an increase to apply from the first full pay period on or after 2 October 2022. Go to our Pay and Conditions Tool to calculate these new rates.
1 July 2022 minimum wage increase
Below are the awards that received the adult minimum wage increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award [MA000115]
- Aged Care Award [MA000018]
- Aluminium Industry Award [MA000060]
- Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award [MA000098]
- Amusement, Events and Recreation Award [MA000080]
- Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award [MA000118]
- Aquaculture Industry Award [MA000114]
- Architects Award [MA000079]
- Asphalt Industry Award [MA000054]
- Australian Government Industry Award 2016 [MA000153]
- Banking, Finance and Insurance Award [MA000019]
- Black Coal Mining Industry Award [MA000001]
- Book Industry Award [MA000078]
- Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award [MA000091]
- Building and Construction General On-site Award [MA000020]
- Business Equipment Award [MA000021]
- Car Parking Award [MA000095]
- Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award [MA000055]
- Cemetery Industry Award [MA000070]
- Children's Services Award [MA000120]
- Cleaning Services Award [MA000022]
- Clerks - Private Sector Award [MA000002]
- Coal Export Terminals Award [MA000045]
- Commercial Sales Award [MA000083]
- Concrete Products Award [MA000056]
- Contract Call Centres Award [MA000023]
- Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award [MA000110]
- Cotton Ginning Award [MA000024]
- Dredging Industry Award [MA000085]
- Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award [MA000096]
- Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award [MA000075]
- Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award [MA000076]
- Educational Services (Teachers) Award [MA000077]
- Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award [MA000025]
- Electrical Power Industry Award [MA000088]
- Fast Food Industry Award [MA000003]
- Fire Fighting Industry Award [MA000111]
- Fitness Industry Award [MA000094]
- Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award [MA000073]
- Funeral Industry Award [MA000105]
- Gardening and Landscaping Services Award [MA000101]
- Gas Industry Award [MA000061]
- General Retail Industry Award [MA000004]
- Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award [MA000026]
- Hair and Beauty Industry Award [MA000005]
- Health Professionals and Support Services Award [MA000027]
- Higher Education Industry - Academic Staff - Award [MA000006]
- Higher Education Industry - General Staff - Award [MA000007]
- Horse and Greyhound Training Award [MA000008]
- Horticulture Award [MA000028]
- Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award [MA000064]
- Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award [MA000062]
- Joinery and Building Trades Award [MA000029]
- Journalists Published Media Award [MA000067]
- Labour Market Assistance Industry Award [MA000099]
- Legal Services Award [MA000116]
- Live Performance Award [MA000081]
- Local Government Industry Award [MA000112]
- Mannequins and Models Award [MA000117]
- Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award [MA000010]
- Marine Towage Award [MA000050]
- Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award [MA000086]
- Market and Social Research Award [MA000030]
- Meat Industry Award [MA000059]
- Medical Practitioners Award [MA000031]
- Mining Industry Award [MA000011]
- Miscellaneous Award [MA000104]
- Mobile Crane Hiring Award [MA000032]
- Nursery Award [MA000033]
- Nurses Award [MA000034]
- Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award [MA000072]
- Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award [MA000063]
- Pastoral Award [MA000035]
- Pest Control Industry Award [MA000097]
- Pharmaceutical Industry Award [MA000069]
- Pharmacy Industry Award [MA000012]
- Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award [MA000036]
- Port Authorities Award [MA000051]
- Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award [MA000052]
- Poultry Processing Award [MA000074]
- Premixed Concrete Award [MA000057]
- Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award [MA000108]
- Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award [MA000109]
- Professional Employees Award [MA000065]
- Racing Clubs Events Award [MA000013]
- Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award [MA000014]
- Rail Industry Award [MA000015]
- Real Estate Industry Award [MA000106]
- Road Transport and Distribution Award [MA000038]
- Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award [MA000039]
- Salt Industry Award [MA000107]
- Seafood Processing Award [MA000068]
- Seagoing Industry Award [MA000122]
- Security Services Industry Award [MA000016]
- Silviculture Award [MA000040]
- Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award [MA000100]
- Sporting Organisations Award [MA000082]
- State Government Agencies Award [MA000121]
- Stevedoring Industry Award [MA000053]
- Storage Services and Wholesale Award [MA000084]
- Sugar Industry Award [MA000087]
- Supported Employment Services Award [MA000103]
- Surveying Award [MA000066]
- Telecommunications Services Award [MA000041]
- Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award [MA000017]
- Timber Industry Award [MA000071]
- Transport (Cash in Transit) Award [MA000042]
- Travelling Shows Award [MA000102]
- Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award [MA000089]
- Waste Management Award [MA000043]
- Water Industry Award [MA000113]
- Wine Industry Award [MA000090]
- Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award [MA000044]
Not sure of your award? Use our 3-step Find my award tool to check what award you’re covered by.
National Minimum Wage increase from 1 July 2022
The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement.
From the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022, the National Minimum Wage increased by $40 per week, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%.
The new National Minimum Wage is $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour.
Other changes from 1 July 2022
Employers and employees should also know about other changes that took effect from 1 July 2022. These include:
- high income threshold and compensation cap
- superannuation changes
- changes to the Social, Community, Home care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Award
- changes to unpaid pandemic leave
High income threshold and compensation cap
From 1 July 2022, the:
- high income threshold is $162,000
- compensation cap is $81,000.
When an employee earns more than the high income threshold:
- the relevant award doesn’t apply to them anymore
- they're no longer eligible to apply for unfair dismissal through the Fair Work Commission.
These employees are still protected by minimum conditions and protections in the Fair Work Act, including the National Employment Standards. The high income threshold is reviewed each year. Find out more at Award and agreement free wages and conditions.
The compensation cap is the most the Fair Work Commission can order an employer to pay in an unfair dismissal case. The cap changes on 1 July each year and is set by the Fair Work Regulations.
Superannuation changes from 1 July 2022
Changes to superannuation (super) also took effect from 1 July 2022. These include the:
- removal of the $450 super guarantee threshold – go to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website to learn more about this change: Removing the $450 per month threshold for super guarantee eligibility
- increase in the super guarantee rate from 10% to 10.5% – visit the ATO website to learn more about this increase: Get ready for super changes from 1 July.
If you want to understand your super obligations or entitlements, go to ATO – Super.
Social, Community, Home care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Award changes
For employees covered by the SCHADS Award, significant new award provisions apply from 1 July. These include:
- minimum payments for some casuals and part-time employees
- broken shifts and broken shift allowances
- laundry and damaged clothing allowance
- remote work.
Changes to unpaid pandemic leave
Unpaid pandemic leave provisions in awards stopped applying after 30 June 2022. On 15 July 2022, the Commission reinstated the leave in 6 awards.
Employees covered by those 6 awards can access up to 2 weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave if they are prevented from working for reasons relating to COVID-19.
Check what applies at Unpaid pandemic leave in awards.
Calculate your new pay rates
To find out your new pay rates, you can:
- use our Pay and Conditions Tool to calculate your new rate of pay
- go to our Pay guides page to access the updated pay guide for your award.
If you’re not sure of your award or coverage, you can:
- use our Find my award tool to check what award you’re covered by
- visit our List of awards page to access the new pay rates in your award.
For more information visit fairwork.gov.au