Got your first job? Looking for a job?
Confused about whether you are paid the right amount or are offered the right amount? Read on.
Australia is well known for its policy in wages. In Australia, on average, the Market Award is roundly $17 per hours with 38 hours of working per week for full-time position.
However, different industries will have different minimum wage, which is based on the skills required to finish the job.
To understand how much you should get back at least, visit
National Employment Standards
27 June 2019
The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.0% increase to minimum wages. The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2019.
The new rates are now available in our pay tools. To access them set the calculation date to 1 July 2019 or later.
More information on the changes to pay rates is available on our website.
15 August 2018
The method of accruing and taking of personal/carer’s leave for the purposes of the National Employment Standards is currently the subject of legal proceedings before the Federal Court (Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU & others (VID 731/2018)). The decision in these proceedings may impact upon the FWO’s advice on these matters. The FWO will be reviewing its advice at the conclusion of these proceedings. In the interim, you may wish to seek your own legal advice on this issue.
The National Employment Standards (NES) are 10 minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees.
The national minimum wage and the NES make up the minimum entitlements for employees in Australia. An award, employment contract, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement can’t provide for conditions that are less than the national minimum wage or the NES. They can’t exclude the NES.
The 10 minimum entitlements of the NES are:
- Maximum weekly hours
- Requests for flexible working arrangements
- Parental leave and related entitlements
- Annual leave
- Personal/carer’s leave, compassionate leave and unpaid family and domestic violence leave
- Community service leave
- Long service leave
- Public holidays
- Notice of termination and redundancy pay
- Fair Work Information Statement
Who’s covered by the NES
All employees in the national workplace relations system are covered by the NES regardless of the award, registered agreement or employment contract that applies.
Casual employees and the NES
Casual employees only get NES entitlements relating to:
- unpaid carer’s leave
- unpaid compassionate leave
- unpaid family and domestic violence leave
- community service leave
- the Fair Work Information Statement.
In some states and territories long serving casuals are eligible for long service leave.
Where there is an expectation of ongoing work for a casual and the casual has been employed regularly and systematically for at least 12 months, they have extra entitlements under the NES.
- the right to request for flexible working arrangements
- access to parental leave.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.61