Finding the right pay rate

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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for profit bodies that are not trading or financial corporations.  The Guide to who is in the WA State System has more detail.

This information does not apply to any business which operates as a Pty Ltd business and is a trading or financial corporation nor to any incorporated association or not for profit body that is a trading or financial corporation. These businesses and organisations are in the national fair work system and should visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on employment laws. 

Many jobs are covered by a WA award, which sets the minimum pay rates for an industry or occupation. To find the right pay rate you need to know if a WA award applies to the work being done. 

To find the right rate of pay, follow the four steps below.

Step 1 - Are you in the state system?

Step 2 - Do you know which WA award covers the work being done?

  • If yes - visit the WA award summaries page to view pay rates in the most commonly used awards
  • If no or unsure - go to step 3

Step 3 - Is the work being done one of the common jobs? Check WA award coverage for common jobs

Step 4 - If you are still unsure - contact Wageline to ask us about award coverage

If an award applies, the award pay rates must be paid as a minimum - it is unlawful to pay wage rates less than those in the applicable WA award.

If no WA award applies (i.e. the work area is award free), the minimum rates for award free employees apply. The minimum pay rates for award free employees page lists the minimum rates for award free employees.

Full copies of all WA awards are on the WA Industrial Relations Commission website.

For assistance on awards or other state employment information contact Wageline.

Record keeping

All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay received by employees.

 Learn more on the Employment records - Employer obligations page

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