Wage in Australia – What you need to know

Wage in Australia

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.

Diversity in Australia

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:

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:

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.

These are:

  • the right to request for flexible working arrangements
  • access to parental leave.

Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.61 

Find Your Award to find out your minimum wage before signing any contracts.