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​Changes to Minimum Wage and Youth Rates

Does your company have staff on minimum wages or youth rates? If so they may be affected by the changes listed below.

From 1 April 2019 the minimum wage increases to:

  • $17.70 per hour for workers paid by the hour or by piece work
  • $141.60 per day for workers paid by the day (eight hour day)
  • $708.00 per week for workers paid weekly (40 hour week), and
  • $1,416.00 per fortnight (80 hour fortnight) in all other cases
  • $17.70 per hour is payable for each hour worked over eight hours per day, 40 hours per week or 80 hours per fortnight.


For those people aged 16 to 19 years old:

The minimum starting-out rate (80% of the adult rate) for workers not involved in training or supervision who are aged 16 to 17 and have not worked continuously for the employer for a period of six months, or aged 18 to 19 who have spent six months on a benefit and not previously worked six months for an employer - increases to:

  • $14.60 per hour
  • $113.28 per day (eight hour day)
  • $556.40 per week (40 hour week) and
  • $1,132.80 per fortnight 980 hour fortnight) in all other cases
  • $14.60 per hour is payable for each hour worked over eight hours per day, 40 hours per week or 80 hours per fortnight.

The trainee rate (for those training for an occupation to which their employment agreement relates) is the same as the starting-out rate stated above.

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