As of 1 April 2018, the adult minimum wage has increased 5% from $15.75 to $16.50 per hour. This minimum rate applies to all employees whether they work full-time, part-time or casually. It’s important that they are paid a wage for time worked, partly or wholly on a commission basis or for what they produce (piece rates).
It’s also important to be aware that within the first 12 months of the Government’s term they are looking to abolish starting-out rates and considering changes to the training wage. However, in the meantime, the rates will continue to be at 80% of the minimum wage, increasing to $13.20 per hour.
The Labour Government have also announced that they are committed to lifting it to $20 an hour by 2021. This can be important to factor in when preparing your budget projections for the upcoming years.