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Minimum wages in Australia increased on 1 July 2022

From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022, minimum wages in Australia increased under the National Minimum Wage and under most awards.

What is the minimum wage in Australia?

The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement.

From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022, adult minimum award wages increased by 4.6%, which is subject to a minimum increase for award classifications of $40 per week and based on a 38-hour week for a full-time employee.

Other award wages, including junior, apprentice and supported wages that are based on adult minimum wages, will get a proportionate increase.

The new National Minimum Wage in Australia is $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour.

Some award rates increase 1 October 2022

The adult minimum wage in some awards like the tourism and hospitality industries will increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2022. Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for the latest updates on minimum wages in Australia and more information.

Who is the Fair Work Ombusdman?

The Fair Work Ombudsman, is an independent statutory agency of the Australian Government that serves as the central point of contact for free advice and information on the Australian workplace relations system and work rights.

How much are the costs of living in Australia for International Students?

Currently the 12-month living costs for International Students in Australia are:

  • AU$21,041 for students or guardians

  • AU$7,362 for partners coming with you

  • AU$3,152 for a child coming with you


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The information on this page was obtained from the Fair Work Ombudsman and Department of Home Affairs websites on 07 August 2022. The information is subject to change. Content on this website is not intended for use as immigration or legal advice.


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