CCIQ award and wage templates amended after modest pay rise
The Fair Work Act 2009 requires the Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel to conduct and complete a review of the national minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards in each financial year.
The Commission handed down its decision on Tuesday regarding an increase to modern awards and the minimum wage.
The commission determined that it is appropriate to increase the minimum wage and modern awards by 2.4 per cent.
The national minimum wage will be $672.70 per week, or $17.70 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $15.80 per week to the weekly rate or 41 cents per hour to the hourly rate.
Weekly wages will be rounded to the nearest 10 cents.
Increases take effect from July 1 2016.
What does this mean for CCIQ members?
The increase only applies to employees that calculate their pay rates from the national minimum wage, a modern award or in some cases a registered agreement.
CCIQ members whose businesses and employees are governed by a modern award (occupational or industry specific) will need to increase employee pay rates accordingly from 01 July 2016.
Where do I find updated awards?
The Employer Assistance team upon receiving formal notification of changes to all modern awards will amend CCIQ award and wage templates to reflect the increase.
CCIQ members will be provided with copies of all modern awards and award pay guides relevant to their businesses via the CCIQ webpage member’s portal.
The commission is working on updating all pay tools and modern award. Once this is completed CCIQs Employer Assistance Team will update member resources. It is anticipated this process will occur in June 2016.
Do I have to increase pay rates?
It is important that employers review the wage increases in accordance with their industrial instruments and contracts of employment, as some may have an obligation to pass on the increase even if they are paying above Award rates of pay.
After assessing the new rates of pay, there may be some circumstances where an employer is still paying above Award.
If a contract does not provide an obligation to the employer to pass the increase on, the employee’s above Award wage will simply absorb the increase in their current rate of pay and no change will be required.
If you have any questions regarding the minimum wage increase please contact CCIQ employer assistance team on 1300 731 988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.