03 June 2019
Written by Noel Teskey, Senior Workplace Relations Consultant at AAoA
The Fair Work Commission’s Minimum Wage Panel has announced a wage increase. From the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019, the award base rates of pay for each wage classification will increase by 3%.
Full-time housekeepers (wage level 2) will receive an increase to the base rate of around 0.71 cents per hour. This weekday hourly rate for casual housekeepers will increase by about 0.88 cents per hour. The increase will flow on to a number of award allowances.
AAoA is disappointed with the size of the increase – although lower than last year, an increase in excess of inflation for the third consecutive year will be difficult for the labour-intensive Accommodation industry to absorb, particularly for all the many small businesses that make up a significant proportion of the industry.
Our pay schedules and summaries are being updated and members will be advised when available.
We strongly encourage members to take full advantage of their membership to help navigate the minefield of employment laws, exacerbated by wage increases and increasingly frequent award variations. Membership includes news bulletins and alerts, workshops and briefings, and unlimited calls to our help-desk.
If you are not a member and would like to receive detailed wage rates specific to your business, and all these membership benefits, please contact our office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fair Work Ombudsman data consistently indicates the hospitality industry is over-represented in non-compliance with workplace laws, and remains a key focus of its compliance operations. In its latest annual report, the Ombudsman said of the industry: “(Compliance and enforcement outcomes) makes up almost a third of all of our litigations in the last two years, and had the highest number of compliance notices (34%), infringement notices (36%) and letters of caution (30%) issued in 2017-18”.