Minimum pay rates for award free employees

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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.

Have you checked whether a WA award applies?

All employees must be paid at least the statutory minimum rate of pay. If the employee is covered by an award, they must be paid the award rate of pay. Contact Wageline to check award coverage.

Minimum pay rates for award free employees 

The pay rates below are the minimum pay rates for an employee whose job is not covered by a WA award. Some exclusions apply for specific groups.

The minimum weekly rate of pay is for a 38 hour week and the minimum hourly rate applies to all hours worked above 38 each week. Award free employees do not have a minimum entitlement to be paid a higher rate of pay for hours worked above 38 each week or for work on weekends or public holidays or for shift work.

The pay rates on this page apply from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. To view pay rates for previous years visit the Previous years minimum rates for award free employees page.

Minimum pay rates for award free employees who are not apprentices or trainees - effective 1 July 2019

Age Full time weekly 
rate (38 hours)
Hourly rate Casual hourly rate
(includes 20% loading)
(21 years or older)
$746.90 $19.66 $23.59
20 years $672.30 $17.69 $21.23
19 years $597.60 $15.73 $18.87
18 years $522.90 $13.76 $16.51
17 years $448.20 $11.79 $14.15
16 years $373.50 $9.83 $11.79
<16 years $298.80 $7.86 $9.44


The Award free minimum pay rates and entitlements summary provides these rates and the pay rates for award free apprentices and trainees in a printable pdf format. This summary also provides information about other entitlements for award free employees.

Exclusions apply from the minimum rates of pay for the following groups:

  • people engaged in providing domestic service, including in-home care, in a private home, where employed directly by the owner or occupier of the home
  • volunteers
  • people who receive a disability support pension and are supported by a supported employment service
  • people paid wholly by commission or piece rates 
  • people appointed as wardens under the National Trust of Australia (WA) Act

Minimum rates of pay for the years 2010 - 2018 are available in the Western Australian minimum wage rates 2010-2018 fact sheet.

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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