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The Awards Affected by the November 1 Minimum Wage Increase

Published November 05, 2020 -
electrician is happy as he receives minimum wage increase on 1 November

Earlier this year, the Fair Work Commission (FWC), announced that the minimum wage would increase by 1.75%. However, the minimum wage would only come into effect for some Modern Awards from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2020.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum wage increase would be staggered into three parts, with different Awards receiving the increase on different dates. The Awards were split off into the imaginatively named groups: Group 1; Group 2; and Group 3.

Group 2 will receive its increase shortly, from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 November. This Group consists of 73 Awards and significantly, most, if not all, of the Modern Awards that commonly apply to Construction, Manufacturing and similar Industries are included in this Group.

Group 1 received its increase on 1 July 2020, while Group 3 will receive the minimum wage increase four months after Group 2, from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 February 2021.

What Awards are Changing?

  • The Awards in Group 2 (click to expand list)

    • Aluminium Industry Award
    • Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award
    • Aquaculture Industry Award
    • Architects Award
    • Asphalt Industry Award
    • Black Coal Mining Industry Award
    • Book Industry Award
    • Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award
    • Building and Construction General On-site Award
    • Business Equipment Award
    • Car Parking Award
    • Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award
    • Clerks—Private Sector Award
    • Coal Export Terminals Award
    • Concrete Products Award
    • Contract Call Centres Award
    • Cotton Ginning Award
    • Dredging Industry Award
    • Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award
    • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award
    • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award
    • Gardening and Landscaping Services Award
    • Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award
    • Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award
    • Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award
    • Horticulture Award
    • Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award
    • Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award
    • Joinery and Building Trades Award
    • Journalists Published Media Award
    • Labour Market Assistance Industry Award
    • Legal Services Award
    • Local Government Industry Award
    • Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award
    • Marine Towage Award
    • Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award
    • Market and Social Research Award
    • Meat Industry Award
    • Mining Industry Award
    • Miscellaneous Award
    • Mobile Crane Hiring Award
    • Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award
    • Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award
    • Pastoral Award
    • Pest Control Industry Award
    • Pharmaceutical Industry Award
    • Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award
    • Port Authorities Award
    • Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award
    • Poultry Processing Award
    • Premixed Concrete Award
    • Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award
    • Professional Employees Award
    • Rail Industry Award
    • Real Estate Industry Award
    • Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award
    • Road Transport and Distribution Award
    • Salt Industry Award
    • Seafood Processing Award
    • Seagoing Industry Award
    • Security Services Award
    • Silviculture Award
    • Stevedoring Industry Award
    • Storage Services and Wholesale Award
    • Sugar Industry Award
    • Supported Employment Services Award
    • Surveying Award
    • Telecommunications Services Award
    • Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award
    • Timber Industry Award
    • Transport (Cash in Transit) Award
    • Waste Management Award
    • Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award

Do You Know What Awards Are Applicable To You?

Employsure can help you better understand what Modern Award you’re under. If you do know what Modern Award you’re under, are you confident? When was the last time you checked?

Ring our workplace relations hotline for some free initial advice.

Don’t Know or Unsure What Modern Award Applies to Your Business?

Call our Fair Work Helpline to get free, initial advice.

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What’s the Minimum Wage Increase?

The minimum wage is rising by 1.75%. This increase is uniform across all Groups for all Award Classification levels within an Award.

What Else is Changing?

An increase to minimum wage usually means an increase to paid employee entitlements like weekend and public holiday penalty rates, overtime and allowances.

Whether an employee is entitled to an increased pay of the above and, if so, by how much, is dependent on their applicable Modern Award or enterprise agreement.


An employee may be entitled to extra payments due to the nature of their job. This may apply to employees who do certain tasks or have a unique skill, use their own tools and equipment, or work in harsh or dangerous conditions. Employees may also be entitled to a meal allowance when working overtime.

Examples of allowances:

  • Tools and equipment
  • First aid kits
  • Special clothing and uniforms
  • Travel costs (including tolls and fares)
  • Cars and phones provided by the company
  • Costs for working in extreme weather conditions

How Can Employsure Help?

Are you a business owner or employer looking for workplace relations help or support? When it comes to minimum wages and other payroll costs, Employsure can assist you to better understand your obligations.  

Download our Wages Guide below for more information or call us now on our 24/7 hotline 1300 651 415 for free, initial advice.

Guide to the November Wage Increase

The minimum wage increase is here. Download your essential Employer Kit to prepare your business.

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