Take Survey
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Leadership

Minimum Wage Is Increased


Monday, 2nd July 2012 at 10:29 am
Staff Reporter
The Federal Government has announced that more than 1.3 million Australians will benefit for an increase of 2.9 per cent to the minimum wage.

Monday, 2nd July 2012
at 10:29 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Minimum Wage Is Increased
Monday, 2nd July 2012 at 10:29 am

The Federal Government has announced that more than 1.3 million Australians will benefit for an increase of 2.9 per cent to the minimum wage.

The Fair Work Australia decision commenced on 1 July this year and means that the nation's lowest paid workers will see an increase of $17.10 a week to $606.40.

According to Fair Work Australia the increase will equate to almost $900 a year for a full time minimum wage earner.

The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) chief executive Dr Cassandra Goldie has been campaigning for the pay gap in Australia to decrease.

“ACOSS has called for the growing gap between minimum wages and middle earnings to be reduced. From 1996 to 2010 the federal minimum wage fell from around 60 per cent to 54 per cent of median full time earnings,” Goldie said.

“The Commission’s $17 per week rise to $606 is enough to keep minimum wages moving in line with living costs, but probably not enough to reduce that gap.

Treasurer Wayne Swan and Minister for Employment Bill Shorten welcomed the increase for who they described as Australia’s hardworking but low paid workers.

“The real increase is a vote of confidence in the Australian economy, showing its underlying strength amid global uncertainty,” Swan said.

“This real increase in minimum wages will help low income working families manage cost of living pressures,” Shorten said.

“The minimum wage increases are an important reminder that a fair and balanced workplace relations system, underpinned by a simple, stable, safety net, is important for all working Australians.




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Report Highlights Entrenched Australian Poverty

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at 3:33 pm

Australia Has an Inequality Problem, Says Andrew Leigh

Luke Michael

Monday, 15th October 2018 at 1:43 pm

Jobseekers Dissatisfied With Government Employment Program

Luke Michael

Thursday, 4th October 2018 at 8:42 am

ACOSS ‘Rise to the Challenge’

Contributor

Thursday, 20th September 2018 at 7:30 am

POPULAR

Report Uncovers Shocking Abuse and Neglect of Adults With Disability

Luke Michael

Monday, 5th November 2018 at 5:29 pm

White Ribbon CEO Puts Hasty Departure Down to Culture Clash

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 12th November 2018 at 5:49 pm

Government Backtracks on Cuts to Food Relief Charity

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 12th November 2018 at 5:42 pm

Disability Groups Cautious Over NDIS Independent Assessment Pilot

Luke Michael

Monday, 12th November 2018 at 5:38 pm

Take Survey
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!