ANNOUNCEMENT: ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced its annual wage review decision for the upcoming 2022/2023 financial year.

The Commission, through extensive consultation with employer groups and unions, has made the decision to increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) by 5.2% and minimum rates of pay in modern awards by either $40.00 per week or 4.6% (whichever is greater, but not both).

The increase to the NMW and the minimum rates in modern awards that apply to architecture practices – including the Architects Award 2020 – will apply from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2022.

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To summarise, the annual wage review decision will impact architectural practices as follows:

  • The weekly rates of pay in the Architects Award 2020, Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020, and Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2020 will increase by either $40 per week or 4.6% (whichever is greater but not both) from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1st July 2022. In effect, this means weekly award minimum wage rates currently above $869.60 per week will receive a 4.6 per cent increase, while wage rates below $869.60 per week will be increased by $40 per week.
  • For award/agreement-free employees, the NMW will increase from $772.60 per week ($20.33 per hour) to $812.60 per week ($21.38 per hour). 

If your employees are covered by another award/agreement, or you are unsure if they are award/agreement-free, please contact the Institute of Architects HR Service for advice.

What happens now?

As this date fast approaches, the team at the Institute of Architects HR Service are finalising our wage guides which will reflect the new minimum rates of pay. These guides will be available on our dedicated HR Hub through the member portal by the operative date of 1 July 2022.

For more information, contact the friendly team at the Institute of Architects HR Service on (02) 8448 3220 or by email at hrhub@architecture.com.au 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday AEST (available for A+ practices only). Find other resources in the HR Hub.