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Wednesday June 14, 2017
Changes to minimum wage
The Fair Work Commission handed down its annual
wage review decision. The decision applies to all
employees covered by modern awards, enterprise
awards, as well as award free employees.
Summary of Decision
• Minimum wages in modern awards will be
increased by 3.3% from the first full pay period
commencing on or after (ffppooa) 1 July 2017.
• This increase can be absorbed into existing over
award payments, as per the absorption clause in the
applicable modern award.
• The 3.3% increase will also apply to the national
minimum wage, increasing it by $22.20 to $694.90
per week, or $18.29 per hour.
• The national minimum wages for juniors,
employees under training arrangements, and
employees with a disability have also been increased
Key Features of the Decision:
Award covered employees
Adult minimum wages
The minimum rates of pay for adult employees
covered by a modern award are to be increased by
3.3% from the ffppooa after 1 July 2017. Weekly
wages will be rounded to the nearest $0.10.
Juniors, apprentices, trainees and piece
Most junior and apprentice rates are expressed
as a percentage of a nominated adult rate and so
the 3.3% increase will also flow through to these
Most trainees are covered by the National Training
Wage system that is included as a schedule in nearly
all modern awards. National Training Wages will also
be increased by 3.3% from 1 July 2017.
Piece rates will increase in accordance with the
relevant provisions in the modern award, pay scale
or transitional award.
Employees with a disability
Most modern awards contain a supported wage
system for employees with a disability. These
employees are paid a percentage of the relevant
adult wage, based on their assessed capacity. As
a result, the 3.3% increase will also flow through
to these employees. There is a minimum weekly
$82) which will also
be increased. The
new minimum weekly
but is expected to be
announced before 1 July.
Members will be advised
when further information
adult employees are
covered by the national
minimum wage. This will
be increased by $18.29
to $694.90 per week (or
$18.29 per hour) from
the ffppooa 1 July 2017.
employees are also
covered by a default
casual loading which
remains at 25%.
minimum wages for
Previous wage reviews
special minimum wage
free junior employees.
receive a percentage of the national minimum
wage determined by the junior wage scale in the
Miscellaneous Award 2010.
This provision will continue to apply to relevant
employees and their minimum wages will increase
Special national minimum wages for award/
agreement free employees to whom training
Previous wage reviews have established a special
minimum wage for award/agreement free trainees
Award/agreement free apprentices receive
a percentage of the national minimum wage
determined by the apprentice scale in the
Miscellaneous Award 2010. Award/agreement free
adult apprentices must not receive less that the full
national minimum wage for adults.
Award/agreement free trainees must be paid in
accordance with the National Training Wage, as
found in Schedule E of the Miscellaneous Award
These provisions will continue to apply to relevant
employees and minimum wages will increase
Special national minimum wages for award/
agreement free employees with a disability
The minimum rate of pay for award/agreement
free employees with a disability that does not affect
their work has also been increased by 3.3%. The
adult minimum wage for these employees will rise to
$694.90 per week, with juniors paid a percentage of
this based on the scale in the Miscellaneous Award
Award/agreement free employees with a disability
that affects their work are paid a percentage of
this amount, based on their assessed productive
capacity. There is a minimum weekly payment for
these employees (currently $82) which will also
be increased. The new minimum weekly payment
was not determined today but is expected to be
announced before 1 July. Members will be advised
when further information is available.
See more at: http://www.nswbusinesschamber.
Sydney con’ ‘Great
Chung Him Chu, Ziao Han, Jasmine-Jade Mills, Travers Keirle,
Jane Anderson, George Wills.
It’s that time of year again. On
Wednesday 28 June Cooma will be
treated to the annual visit by students
from the Sydney Conservatorium
of Music, at a concert at St Paul’s
Anglican Parish Hall in Cooma.
For the past 16 years David Miller,
first chair of the Ensemble Studies
Unit at Sydney Con’, has chaperoned
students on a tour of south east
NSW. He not only organises the
whole tour but also accompanies the
students as he is an accomplished
musician in his own right.
This year’s group of students brings
something completely different: a
saxophone quartet joins a classical
guitarist and soprano vocalist –
promising an exciting programme.
The performance starts at 7:30pm
on the 28th. Tickets are available at
The Fabric Salon and at the door
before the concert. The audience
is encouraged to stay after the
performance to meet with the young
musicians over a fabulous Arts
2017 NSW Landcare
awards now open
The 2017 NSW State Landcare
Awards are now open, with the
addition of the inaugural NSW Fish
The Landcare Awards celebrate
the achievements of the volunteers
around the country who dedicate their
valuable time and energy into caring
for the land and water that sustain us.
To allow time for Landcarers to
get their entries into the Awards the
closing date has been extended to 17
The existing categories of the
Awards recognise work in a number of
areas, including sustainable farming,
young Landcare leaders, Coastcare,
innovation, and now work to protect
and build fish habitat in NSW.
The NSW Fish Habitat Award is
proudly supported by the NSW Fish
Chair of the Fish Habitat Partnership
Mark Bulley said “The intent of this
award is to recognise and say thank
you to those out there in community
doing such fantastic work to ensure
the benefits of fish habitat are
sustained and improved into the
Chris McCulloch, Landcare Program
Manager with Local Land Services,
encourages everyone who works with
community, schools, government,
Councils, Indigenous groups or even
by themselves to enter these great
“The Landcare Awards supported
by Landcare Australia have now
become a truly prestigious opportunity
for us to recognise and importantly
showcase the work our communities
are putting in to protect our country,”
Mr McCulloch said.
“Landcare is so diverse in NSW, it
has strength in its flexibility, dedication
and especially in its people power.
These awards are a way for the
whole community to celebrate its
The NSW Landcare Awards link
directly to the National Landcare
Awards and will be presented at
the Gala Dinner of the 2017 NSW
Landcare and Local Land Services
Conference in Albury from 25 to 27
Champions of each category will
receive financial support to attend the
Conference in Albury.
For more information, to submit
an entry or to nominate a champion
in your community visit: https://
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