State Minimum Wage set at $760.00 per week

Details  Created: 26 June 2020

The Commission in Court Session has delivered its decision in the 2020 State Wage Case. The Commission increased the State Minimum Wage and award rates of pay in the State industrial relations system by 1.75%. However, in noting the high level of uncertainty that has resulted from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has concluded that it is appropriate to delay the increases until the first pay period after 1 January 2021.

The Commission has also adjusted the Statement of Principles.

In its decision, the Commission took account of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Western Australian economy, employers and employees, business levels, and the cost of living. It noted the high level of unemployment and the prospect of reduced inflation. The Commission also considered the capacity of employers as a whole to pay any increase, but also the need to contribute to improved living standards for employees.

The Commission concluded that this increase and its deferral for six months will allow time for the effects of the lifting of restrictions to develop and stabilise.

The Minute of Proposed General Order was handed down at 10.00AM, Friday 26 June 2020.


The Commission’s statement in relation to its decision can be read here.


A full copy of the Commission’s decision can be read here.