The minimum wage applies to employees who are:
- full-time, part-time, fixed-term, casual, working from home
- paid by wages, salary, commission or piece rates (with some exceptions).
Employees must be paid at least the minimum hourly wage rate for every hour worked, unless they agreed to a higher rate in their employment agreement. Payments for call-outs should also be negotiated in the employment agreement.
Salaried employees – can divide their pay by the number of hours they work in a pay period to make sure they earn the minimum wage.
Wage earners – can check their hourly rate is at least the minimum wage. Any extra hours they’re asked to work must also be at least minimum wage.
- Starting-out workers – must be paid at least the minimum starting-out wage rate.
- Trainees over 20 – must be paid at least the training minimum wage rate.
Employees paid piece rates – must be paid at least the minimum wage for each hour worked.
Exceptions – the minimum wage does not apply to people who have a minimum wage exemption permit.
Types of wage rates
There are three different types of minimum wage rates: adult, starting-out and training.
Minimum wage exemptions
Labour Inspectors may issue minimum wage exemption permits to employees who have a disability that limits them carrying out the requirements of their work.
Many employees in the agricultural industry are offered accommodation and other goods and services as part of their employment.