Get ready for a minimum wage increase

The Fair Work Commission has handed down their decision in relation to minimum wage increases.

From 1 July 2022, wages will increase as follows:

  • Min wage for award-free employees (National Minimum Wage) will be $21.38 per hour or $812.60 per week (an increase of 5.2%).
  • Min award rates for award-covered employees will increase by 4.6% for individuals who earn at least $869.60 per week (based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee). For those who earn below this, their wage will increase by $40 per week.

The National Minimum Wage and most awards will increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022. E.g. If you have a weekly pay period that starts on Mondays, the new rates will apply from Monday 4 July 2022.

For some awards in the aviation, hospitality and tourism industries, the increase will happen from 1 October 2022. The affected awards are:


  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award
  • Airline Operations – Ground Staff Award 
  • Air Pilots Award
  • Airport Employees Award
  • Airservices Australia Enterprise Award 2016


  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award
  • Restaurant Industry Award


  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award
  • Alpine Resorts Award

What employers should do

It’s time to update your pay practices – and don’t forget to check employees on annualised salaries. With such a large award increase, annualised salaries may no longer cover award entitlements.

Also, when considering salary reviews for your employees, you will need to take into account the employee super payments increasing from 10% to 10.5% from 1 July 2022.

Read more: Important changes to Super from 1 July

Please contact our KMT office and speak with one of our expert accountants if you need any assistance with this.


This is general advice only and does not take into account your financial circumstances, needs and objectives. Before making any decision based on this document, you should assess your own circumstances or seek tax advice from a qualified accountant at KMT Partners. Information is current at the date of issue and may change.