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Minimum wages to increase by 3.3% The Fair Work Commission’s panel for annual wage reviews released its Annual Wage Review 2016-2017 decision on 1 July 2017. The decision provides that minimum award wages will increase across the board by 3.3% effective 1 July 2017. This decision will result in the following increases to the Federal minimum wage rates: Weekly minimum wage: from $672.70 to $694.90 (increase of $22.20), Hourly minimum rate: from $17.70 to $18.29…

A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has today announced that penalty rates for Sunday and public holiday work in certain modern awards will be reduced from 1 July 2017. The awards impacted by the decision are the: Fast Food Industry Award 2010 (Fast Food Award); General Retail Industry Award 2010 (Retail Award); Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (Hospitality Award); Pharmacy Industry Award 2010 (Pharmacy Award); Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010 (Clubs Award);…

A recent study undertaken by UTS, QUT and the University of Adelaide reviewed the prevalence of unpaid work placements within the current Australian labour market. The study, reported in ‘Unpaid Work Experience in Australia: Prevalence, nature and impact'[i], revealed that almost 60% of respondents aged 18-29 and over 25% of respondents aged 30-64 had participated in at least one episode of unpaid work experience in the last five years with 60% agreeing that an unpaid…