Award minimum wages to increase by 5.75%, national minimum wage to increase by 8.6% July 1st.

The Fair Work Commission has recently announced upcoming increases to come into effect this year. PeopleStart has provided an overview of the recent changes.

National Minimum Wage increase

The National Minimum Wage will be increased to $882.80 per week or $23.23 per hour, 8.6%. The National Minimum Wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or registered agreement.

Award minimum wage increase

The Fair Work Commission has also announced that minimum award wages will increase by 5.75%. The Award minimum wage increase will come into effect from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2023.

National and Award Minimum Wage increases will come into effect from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2023.


From 1 July 2023 the superannuation guarantee rate will increase from 10.5% to 11%.

Aged Care Sector

From 30 June 2023 the minimum wage for some employees working in aged care will increase by 15%.

This increase applies to eligible employees covered by the:

  • Aged Care Award: personal care workers (PCWs) and recreation/lifestyle activities officers
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award: home care workers working in aged care.
  • Nurses Award: nursing assistants, enrolled nurses, registered nurses, nurse practitioners working in aged care

The 15% increase doesn’t include other employees in the aged care sector. This includes:

  • support and administrative employees
  • chefs and cooks covered by the Aged Care Award who aren’t the most senior food services employee at a particular aged care facility or site.


If you have any questions about how this may affect your business, and how to implement these changes, please don’t hesitate to reach out.