Minimum pay rates for award free employees

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 About this page 

  • This page outlines the legal minimum pay rates for adult and junior employees who are 'award free' in the state industrial relations system. Award free means that the employee is not covered by a WA award. 
  • An award free employee is entitled to the minimum rate of pay and the leave entitlements under the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993. Wageline's Award free minimum pay rates and entitlements summary details minimum entitlements for award free employees. 
  • In the state system, many employees are covered by a WA award. WA awards are legal documents that outline legal pay rates, allowances, working hours, and leave entitlements for employees in a particular industry or type of work. 
  • If you are unsure if a WA award applies to you or your business, visit the WA awards for common jobs page or contact Wageline to assist in determining likely WA award coverage. 

Minimum pay rates for award free employees 

  • The adult and junior minimum rates are outlined in the tables below.
  • There is an exclusion from the minimum rates of pay and other entitlements in the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act for the following types of workers:
    • 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
    • people who receive a disability support pension and are supported by a supported employment service
    • people paid wholly by commission or piece rates 
      (Note ​​it is possible for workers who are in an excluded group to be covered by a WA award). 
  • The minimum pay rates for award free apprentices are on the Pay rates for apprentices page and the minimum pay rates for award free registered trainees are on the Pay rates for trainees page. 
  • A 2.5% per week increase in minimum rates of pay applies from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021.
  • 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.

Minimum pay rates for award free employees who are not apprentices or trainees - effective 1 July 2021

Age Full time weekly 
rate (38 hours)
Hourly rate Casual hourly rate
(includes 20% loading)
(21 years or older)
$779.00 $20.50 $24.60
20 years $701.10 $18.45 $22.14
19 years $623.20 $16.40 $19.68
18 years $545.30 $14.35 $17.22
17 years $467.40 $12.30 $14.76
16 years $389.50 $10.25 $12.30
<16 years $311.60 $8.20 $9.84

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