Wage Rates

Award Wage Increase Decision reached

The Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel (Panel) has handed down its Annual Wage Review Decision for 2016-17.
 
A wage increase of 3.3% will apply to all ADULT modern award wages from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2017.
 
Other key aspects of the decision are:

  • The National Minimum Wage (‘NMW’) for award/Agreement free employees will increase to $694.90 per week for a full time employee or $18.29 per hour.
  • The increase represents a weekly increase of $22.20 per week or 59 cents per hour to the NMW and the Introductory Rate in the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010.

The above increases will affect all employers from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2017.

With regard to the operative date, where an employer’s pay period commences prior to 1 July, for example, on 30 June, the increase provided in the above Decision will not affect wages until the next pay cycle. This is due to the pay cycle commencing prior to 1 July – the Decision states it applies to a full pay cycle that commences (ie the first day of the cycle) either on, or after, 1 July.

Important Note regarding Penalty Rates:

On 23 June 2017 United Voice, a Union representing employees in the hospitality industry, lodged an appeal of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rate loadings.

It is anticipated that the appeal will be heard by the Federal Court of Australia at some point within the next 2-3 months.


As at the date of publication, the attached 2017 Wage Rates and Allowances Guide accurately reflects the minimum wage rates and allowances applicable from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2017.

In the event that a decision of the Federal Court of Australia impacts on the wage rates and allowances as they presently stand, an updated guide will be circulated to all members.

Wage Rate Tables

Rates shown in these tables are applied from the first full pay period on, or after, 1 July 2017.

Hospitality Industry General Award 2010 (HIGA) 

Restaurant Industry Award 2010 (RIA)

Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010 (RLCA)

Employers are strongly encouraged to undertake an individual assessment of the key duties and responsibilities performed by each employee under the 'Classifications' in the Modern Awards. 

For current copies of the modern awards, CLICK HERE.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the AHA (NT) office on (08) 8981 3650.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that while ALL due care has been taken in preparing this information the AHA (NT) does not accept any liability nor is it responsible for any loss as a result of relying on this information.