The Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission has handed down its Annual Wage Review 2016-17 Decision.  Key elements of the decision include:

  • Award wage rates for full-time adult employees will be increased by 3.3 per cent;
  • Junior, apprentice and trainee wage rates will be adjusted proportionately; and
  • Wage related allowances and expense related allowances will be increased in accordance with formulas included in each modern award.

What is the operative date?

The increase is operative from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2017.

Can the increases be compared to enterprise agreements?

AI Group Workplace Lawyers s are able to assist you in comparing your enterprise agreement to the new award rates. This is particularly important if your enterprise agreement is approaching or has reached its nominal expiry date.

Do you require further advice?

For information or assistance relating to the application of the FWC’s decision, please contact the Ai Group advice line on 1300 55 66 77. Alternatively, if you would like assistance in comparing your current enterprise agreements to the new rates, please contact your local Ai Group Workplace Lawyer in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.

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