The Minimum Wage Act



The Minimum Wage Act
The Minimum Wage Act 1983 provides statutory minimum wage levels.

The current minimum wage rates, before tax, are:

  • 18 years and over - $9.00 per hour
  • 16 and 17 years - $7.20 per hour

A deduction of up to 15% is allowed if you provide board and lodging or 5% for just board.
The minimum training wage is set at the same as the minimum youth rate.

If you pay an employee by commission only or on piece rate, they are still entitled to a minimum wage. The total amount they earn must not be less than the minimum wage.

One exception to the above is if you employ someone who because of a recognised disability would be incapable of earning the minimum wage. In this case you can apply for an under rate permit which would allow the employee to work for less than the minimum rate. You are required by law to keep all records of pay for a minimum of six years.

 

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