State wage case decision – WA Industrial Relations Commission awards wage increase effective from 1 January 2021

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On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision.

The WAIRC decision grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021. The new state minimum wage from 1 January 2021 will be $760.00 per week.

The minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards will remain unchanged from 1 July 2020, and the increases announced today will take effect from the first pay period after 1 January 2021.

Wageline will be issuing new 2020 versions of its WA award summaries next week, which will include the current rates of pay that will continue to apply from 1 July 2020, as well as enhanced information on long service leave and employment record keeping obligations.

New WA award summaries and minimum wage information reflecting the rates that take effect from 1 January 2021 will be issued later in 2020. 

Subscribe to Wageline News to be notified when the new 1 January 2021 pay rates are available on the Wageline website.

This pay rate increase only applies to employers and employees in the state industrial relations system.  It covers businesses and organisations which operate as:

  • sole traders (e.g. Jane Smith trading as Jane’s Café)
  • unincorporated partnerships (e.g. Jane and Bob Smith trading as Jane’s Café)
  • unincorporated trust arrangements (e.g. Jane and Bob Smith as trustee for Jane’s Café)
  • incorporated associations that are not trading or financial corporations and other not-for-profit organisations that are not trading or financial corporations

If the business or organisation is in the national industrial relations system, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on pay rate increases.

Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2020

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