Finding the right pay rate

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This information is only relevant to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system – sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trusts and some incorporated or not for profit organisations. Find out more on the Guide to who is in the WA state system page.

If you operate or are employed by a Pty Ltd business – you can find information on this topic on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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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