Posted on: Mar 23, 2017

As of 1 April 2017 the new minimum wage rates are:

  • Adult — $15.75 an hour
  • Starting-out — $12.60 an hour (up from $12.20)
  • Training — $12.60 an hour (up from $12.20)
  • Starting-out and training minimum wages are 80% of the adult minimum wage.

What you’ll need to do:

  • You and your staff can agree to any wage above the minimum rate and if that’s the case then you don’t need to do anything as a result of this change.   However, if your staff are currently on the minimum wage, or are below the new rates as of 1 April, then you will need to increase their hourly rate of pay.
  • If your employment agreements are out of date (which is highly likely given the number of changes that have occurred around employment standards) then it’s a good idea to use this as an opportunity to update them.  Contact our team and we will be happy to help bring your employment agreements up to date and inline with the minimum wage and employment standards legislation.


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