Q. What is the adult minimum wage?
The minimum wage rates are reviewed every year. As at December 2015, the current adult minimum wage rates (before tax) that apply for employees aged 16 or over are:
- $15.25 an hour; which is:
- $122.00 for an 8-hour day or
- $610.00 for a 40-hour week or
- $1,220.00 for a 80-hour fortnight.
The minimum rates that apply to starting-out workers, and employees on the training minimum wage (before tax), are:
- $12.20 an hour; which is:
- $97.60 for an 8-hour day or
- $488.00 for a 40-hour week or
- $976.00 for a 80-hour fortnight.
There are three minimum wage rates:
- The adult minimum wage applies to all employees aged 16 and over who are not starting-out workers or trainees, and all employees who are involved in supervising or training other employees.
- The starting-out wage applies to starting-out workers. Starting-out workers are:
- 16- and 17-year-old employees who have not yet completed six months of continuous employment with their current employer.
- 18- and 19-year-old employees who have been paid a specified social security benefit for six months or more, and who have not yet completed six months continuous employment with any employer since they started being paid a benefit. Once they have completed six months continuous employment with a single employer, they will no longer be a starting-out worker, and must be paid at least the adult minimum wage rate.
- 16- to 19-year-old employees who are required by their employment agreement to undertake industry training for at least 40 credits a year in order to become qualified.
- The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years or over who are doing recognised industry training involving at least 60 credits a year as part of their employment agreement, in order to become qualified.