Minimum wage increase set to take effect from 1 February 2021

Last year, the Fair Work Commission increased the national minimum wage by 1.75% using a three-stage, staggered approach. From 1 February 2021, the third and final stage will take effect.

So, what does this mean for you as a business owner?

If you employ staff under a Modern Award listed in Group 3, their wage will increase by 1.75% from the first full pay period on or after, 1 February 2021.

Some of the awards affected include:

  • Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2020 MA000080
  • Commercial Sales Award 2020 MA000083
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2020 MA000096
  • Fast Food Industry Award 2010 MA000003
  • Fitness Industry Award 2010 MA000094
  • General Retail Industry Award 2010 MA000004
  • Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 MA000005
  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2020 MA000009
  • Live Performance Award 2010 MA000081
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010 MA000058
  • Restaurant Industry Award 2020  MA000119
  • Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020 MA000089
  • Wine Industry Award 2010 MA00009


For more information, including a full list of the Awards in Group 3, as-well-as the new rates, visit the Fair Work Commission website.  New rates will be published shortly.

Do you need some HR help with Awards and pay rates? Get in touch with Lisa at or Nick at, or call (07) 46383599.