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Recent changes with the Fair Work Ombudsman means an increase in the national minimum wage to $17.70 per hour or $672.70 per 38 hour week (before tax). Casual employees covered by the national minimum wage also get at least a 25 per cent casual loading. If you are employed as a casual, an extra amount called ‘Casual Loading’ will usually bring your minimum hourly wage up if you are 21 or older. In some cases you can legally be paid less than $17.70 per hour, for example if you are under the age of 21. However, you would still need to receive the casual loading if you are a casual.
For further information in the changes to the National Minimum Wage you can view the fact sheet.
The minimum wages received by employees in the national workplace relations system are reviewed by the Fair Work Commission annually, with any adjustments taking effect on 1 July each year.
Contact The Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au for more information.