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A 3.0% increase to minimum wages was announced by the Fair Work Commission today.

The new national minimum wage will be $740.80 per week, or $19.49 per hour, with the increase applying from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July, 2019.

The 3.0% increase applies to employees that get their pay rates from: - the national minimum wage - a modern award

The national minimum wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement.

For employees covered by an award, award rates will increase by 3.0%. If you’re not sure which award applies, use Find my award.

If you’re covered by a registered agreement, you should check it to see whether this increase affects you.

The increase doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than the new minimum wage.

Some penalty rates are changing too.

There will be further changes to certain penalty rates in some hospitality and retail awards from 1 July 2019, following a Commission decision in 2017.

Visit Fair Work’s Penalty rates changes page for more information about what the changes are, who they affect and how they’re being implemented.

For further information on the Annual Wage Review, visit the Fair Work website or get in touch here.

Following the announcement of the 2019-20 Federal Budget, the Department of Education & Training have provided important information on key policy updates affecting Australian Apprenticeships.

300 entry-level places for Indigenous Australians will be available next year across a number of Federal Government agencies, as part of the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program.

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education

Employers will be incentivised to take on an apprentice between the age of 21 and 24 with the Liberal National Government today extending the Adult Australian Apprentices payment.

Are you a rural or regional employer who’s always wanted to take on an Australian Apprentice? Keep reading!

Whether you are preparing to move on from education, or thinking of changing career tracks, there has never been a better time to get an Apprenticeship in Australia. From horticulture to carpentry, real estate to hairdressing the variety of Apprenticeships available is fantastically broad and they are ready for you right now!

Finding and training great apprentices is a rewarding yet challenging process – as an employer, it's great to be in a position to invite Apprentices to stay on as fully qualified members of staff, who are fully trained and ready to put their learning to full use.

Apprenticeships are a well-known route into all sorts of trade and occupation careers – but have you ever considered employing an Australian School-Based Apprentice?

Changes to User Choice Funding now make it more attractive than ever for businesses to take on existing staff as apprentices or trainees.

Some recent news has come through from the Queensland Department of Education and Training that has us excited!

Students studying Allied Health are your future. By employing a school-based trainee now, you will be better prepared for anticipated industry growth.

It is an exciting time for businesses around the state. The Queensland Government recently announced that they will double the payroll tax rebate for businesses that employ an apprentice or trainee.