The 2020/21 Wage increases has resulted again in a Three Tier date of commencement. The First Tier is the majority of Australia’s Modern Awards Pay Guides being increased from 1 July 2021, the Second is a single award increase for the General Retail Award on 1 September 2021 and the Third are the remaining Awards to be increased from 1 November 2021.
The decision has increased a number of Awards prior to 12 months from there last increase. The Fair Work Commission recognised that those businesses had already received the benefits of a non wage increase adjustment period over other businesses and that 1 July of each year was the operative date for increases to occur.
The Tier 2 and Tier 3 increases were again given a later date of increase due to longer term financial impact COVID19 had on these Industries recognised in the Full 2020/21 Wages Decision.