Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings (“AWOTE”) is a statistic used to index certain superannuation thresholds and a range of Commonwealth legislation including Child Support, Higher Education Funding and certain Excise Tariffs.
The figure used is the original release value for the middle month (i.e. May or November) of the relevant quarter, not later adjusted by trend.
- The month of May is used as the benchmark for the June quarter
- The month of November is used as the benchmark for the December quarter.
Covid 19 Information: Some JobKeeper Guidance from the Fair Work Commission (Article published by Russell Kennedy Lawyers)
Current and recent AWOTE
Next release: 18 August 2022 (May 2022 reference period)
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National Minimum Wage Decision 15 June 2022
The national minimum wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement. It is determined annually and is used as the calculation base for certain benefits including Paid Parental Leave.
From 1 July 2022 the national minimum wage is increased by $40 to $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour based on a 38-hour week (an increase of 5.2% over the 2021 decision).
Modern award minimum wages above $869.60 per week will receive a 4.6% adjustment; wage rates below $869.60 per week will be adjusted by $40 per week. For certain modern awards in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors determinations will take effect from 1 October 2022.
From 1 July 2021 the national minimum wage is $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour based on a 38-hour week and if applicable a casual loading of 25%. This is an increase of $18.80 per week on the weekly rate, or 49 cents per hour on the hourly rate.
From 1 July 2020 the national minimum wage is $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour based on a 38-hour week and if applicable a casual loading of 25%.
The 2019 National Minimum Wage from 1 July 2019. From 1 July 2019 the national minimum wage is $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour based on a 38-hour week. The casual loading is 25%.
The 2018 National Minimum Wage from 1 July 2018. From 1 July 2018 the national minimum wage is $719.20 per week, calculated on the basis of a week of 38 ordinary hours, or $18.93 per hour and with a casual loading of 25%.
The high income threshold (being the amount of money earned by an employee before the relevant award stops applying to them) is $145,400 as of 1 July 2018.
The 2017 National Minimum Wage from 1 July 2017 is $694.90 per week with a casual loading of 25%.
The National Minimum Wage from 1 July 2016 is $672.70 per week with a casual loading of 25%.
The National Minimum Wage from 1 July 2015 is $656.90 with a casual loading of 25%.
The National Minimum Wage from 1 July 2014 is $640.90 with a casual loading of 25%.
The National Minimum Wage for 2013-14 is $622.20 per week with a casual loading of 24%
- Minimum Wages – Fair Work Australia
- National Minimum Wages Orders
- Earnings in Australia: a quick guide
- Monthly Statistical Bulletin
This page was last modified 2022-06-20