Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    McGowan Government welcomes increase for low paid workers

    23/06/2022 12:00 AM
    • State minimum wage to increase from $779.00 to $819.90 a week from July 1, 2022
    • 5.25 per cent increase to provide fair pay rise for Western Australia's lowest-paid workers

    The McGowan Labor Government has welcomed today's decision by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to increase the State minimum wage by $40.90 a week (5.25 per cent) in this year's State Wage Case.


    The State minimum wage will increase to $819.90 a week from July 1, 2022.


    State award rates of pay will also increase, with award rates up to the C10 classification rate ($887.40) increasing by $40.90 per week from July 1, 2022, and award rates at the C10 classification rate and above increasing by 4.65 per cent.


    The increase will particularly benefit low paid workers in the State industrial relations system.


    The State industrial relations system covers about 15-20 per cent of the WA private sector workforce.


    A full copy of the decision can be found at www.wairc.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "I welcome today's increase which will help Western Australia's lowest paid workers keep up with the cost of living.


    "While the WA economy continues to perform strongly, including having the lowest unemployment of all the States, Western Australia is not immune to current cost of living pressures being caused by international events and other factors.


    "This is a decision that will give some relief to those on minimum pay who are most impacted by these pressures.


    "The McGowan Government supports the WA Industrial Relations Commission's fair increase to the minimum wage, which reflects the importance of providing financial relief to those who need it most."


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