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Wages (Modern Awards)

National Wage Case Decision

The Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) requires the Fair Work Commission's Expert Panel (Minimum Wage Panel) to conduct and complete a review of minimum wages in Modern Awards and the National Minimum Wage in each financial year. The Minimum Wage Panel of Fair Work Commission on Tuesday 6th June 2017 released its National Wage Case decision.

The decision provides that:

    • All Modern Award classification scales shall increase by 3.3% rounded to the nearest 10 cents. (Note the 2016 increase was 2.5%)
    • The federal minimum wage for award free employees shall be $694.90 per week (rounded to the nearest 10 cents) or $18.29 per hour. The hourly rate has been calculated on the basis of a 38 hour week for a full-time employee. This constitutes an increase $22.20 per week.
    • The increases shall apply from the first pay period on or after 1st July 2017.

QTA Ltd Members who have Workplace Agreements in place will need to ensure that their Agreement rates meet or exceed the new minimum award rates and if the Agreement Pay increases are linked to the Panel's decision, the pay rates will need to be adjusted within the Workplace Agreement accordingly.

The increases can be absorbed into any amounts now being paid over and above the relevant minimum rates. However be award the Fair Work Ombudsman makes it clear that over award payments CAN NOT off-set other Award entitlements e.g. penalties or loadings, unless there is formal agreement in place. Rates for juniors, trainees and apprentices will also be adjusted, as usual, on a proportionate basis.

QTA Ltd through the services of our Employment Relations Manager, can provide assistance to any QTA Member who seeks to formalise the employment conditions in their workplace in an Agreement certified by the Fair Work Commission.

Should QTA Members have any enquiries in relation to the above or its application, please contact QTA's Employment Relations Manager.

Disclaimer: Please note that every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained herein is free from error and/or omissions. No responsibility is accepted by the Queensland Trucking Association, its employees or any other person involved in the preparation of this summary for any claim which may arise from any person action on information contained herein.

We advise members to examine the full text of the Award and to seek advice on any industrial relations issues that may be of concern.


WAGE SUMMARY SHEETS (Modern Awards)

Following the decision of the Minimum Wage Panel of Fair Work Commission on Tuesday 6th June 2017 the QTA has prepared for the use by Members - Wage Summary Sheets for quick reference in relation to the relevant Industry Modern Awards.

These Wage Summary Sheets include the current increase of 3.3% per week on all Award Classification Scales following the Minimum Wage Panel’s (Fair Work Australia) decision.

QTA Ltd Members who wish to receive a new full copy of the updated Award or Wage Summary by email or in hard copy, should contact the Association’s office by emailing admin@qta.com.au or phone the office on 07 3394 4388 and make a request accordingly.

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