WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2017.

The Commission has awarded a $16 per week increase in the new state minimum wage for award free employees, and will now increase to $708.90.  WA award rates of pay below $791.90 per week (equivalent to the C10 classification) will also increase by $16, while award rates of pay equal to or higher than $791.90 per week will increase by 2.3 percent.

Junior rates and rates for apprentices and trainees will also increase proportionately.

This decision largely applies to small unincorporated businesses  (eg sole traders and partnerships) and some not for profit organisations.

The increases apply to about 300,000 employees who are paid the minimum wage or award rates in the state industrial relations system.

Most WA businesses are covered by the national industrial relations system, with the Fair Work Commission recently increasing the modern award rates of pay by 3.3% from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2017.