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What You Need to Know About Your Pay on July 1

As young people, we’re often busy with work, study, socialising and getting things done. Sometimes, checking that you’re receiving the correct pay and entitlements can just fall off the priority list.

As July 1 approaches though, it's important that you know exactly what you’re entitled to as awards shift.

As you may have already heard, penalty rates for workers on the Hospitality, Pharmacy, Fast Food and Retail awards will be cut AGAIN on July 1.

This is in spite of the fact that research has found that basically no new jobs have been created by the savings to employers, who have cut penalty rates every year since 2017. The small business lobby who pushed heavily for the cuts in the first place on the basis of this ‘job creation’ claim actually agree with the research. Go figure!

It’s important to check your award, as the cuts differ between industries and job type (permanent/casual). This can make it confusing for young workers.

Hospitality

Permanent Sunday rates: down from 160% to 150% of the regular rate

Fast Food

Level 1 Employees – Permanent Sunday rates: down from 135% to 125% of the regular rate

Casual Sunday rates: down from 160% to 150% of the regular rate

Retail

Permanent Sunday rates (non-shift work): down from 180% to 165% of the regular rate
Permanent Sunday rates (shift work): down from 195% to 190% of the regular rate

Casual Sunday rates (non-shift work): down from 185% to 175% of the regular rate
Casual Sunday rates (shift-work): down from 220% to 215% of the regular rate

Pharmacy

Permanent Sunday rates: down from 180% to 165% of the regular rate

Casual Sunday rates: down from 205% to 190% of the regular rate

This general information is only a guide, so it’s important that you check your award on July 1.

In some small comfort, the minimum wage will rise again on the same day.

On May 30 of this year, the Fair Work Commission decided on a 3% increase to the minimum wage beginning on July 1. The new national minimum wage will be $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour.

Again, as a result, it’s very important that you check your award rate this coming Monday. If you’re not sure what industry your award is, one way you can find out is by using the P.A.C.T. calculator on the Fair Work Commission website.

You can also find updated pay rates on our website for hospitality, retail, fast food and call centre workers.

Bear in mind that if you are under the age of 21, your pay may actually be even lower as a result of junior rates.

And if you have any concerns about how much you’re getting paid, you can give the Young Workers Centre a call on 1800 714 754.

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