The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an award or registered agreement.
“Most employees are covered by an award. Awards are legal documents that outline the minimum pay rates and conditions of employment. If you’re not sure which award applies to you, use our Find my award tool,” the FWO said.
“Awards cover many different industries and occupations so it's important to get it right.”
The FWO said for employees covered by a registered agreement, the minimum wage increase may apply. This is because the base pay rate is a registered agreement that can’t be less than the base pay rate in the relevant award.
"If you're covered by an enterprise agreement or other registered agreement, check the agreement for the minimum pay rates. You can find registered agreements on the Fair Work Commission's website," the FWO said.
The new minimum wage will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022.
"This means if you have a weekly pay period that starts on Mondays, the new rates will apply from Monday 4 July 2022," the FWO said.
"If you are covered by an award, award increases happen in two stages. Most awards will increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022.
"For some awards in the aviation, hospitality and tourism industries, the increase will happen from 1 October 2022."
In addition to an increase in minimum wages, employers and employees should also factor changes to superannuation (super) taking effect from 1 July, said the FWO. This includes the removal of the $450 super guarantee threshold and an increase in the super guarantee rate from 10% to 10.5%.