Each financial year the Commission reviews and sets minimum wages. These are the draft determinations for the Annual Wage Review 2020-21.
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About the draft determinations
The Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission issued its Annual Wage Review 2020-21 decision  FWCFB 3500 to vary modern award minimum rates.
The decision determined different operative dates for different awards as follows.
|1 November 2021||Modern awards listed at paragraph  of the Annual Wage Review 2020-21 decision|
|1 September 2021||General Retail Industry Award 2020|
|1 July 2021||All remaining modern awards|
As outlined in the Statement  FWCFB 3497 issued by the Full Bench, the draft expense-related allowances determinations for the awards being varied on 1 November 2021 are published. The Commission is now seeking feedback on the draft determinations.
(Note: the determinations adjusting wages in all awards have already been finalised. Feedback should only relate to the draft expense-related allowances determinations with an operative date of 1 November 2021.)
Any feedback on the draft determinations were due no later than 4pm on Friday, 29 October 2021.
For further information on the method of adjustment to expense-related allowances, go to: Expense-related allowances guide to methods of adjustment (PDF).
Operative from 1 November 2021
As outlined in the Statement  FWCFB 3497 issued by the Full Bench on 17 June 2021, draft determinations adjusting expense-related allowances in the following awards are published for comment.
The table of draft determinations can be sorted by clicking on the heading of any column.
General Retail Industry Award 2020 – 1 September 2021
As outlined in the Statement  FWCFB 3497, a draft determination adjusting expense-related allowances in this award has now been published.
|Award title||Allowances draft||Finalised wages draft|
|General Retail Industry Award 2020||M000004 allowances draft (PDF)|
Operative from 1 July 2021
Operative from 1 July 2021
Consolidated list of expense-related allowances
Commission staff have prepared a list of expense-related allowances adjusted for the applicable CPI index figure for modern awards being varied on 1 July, 1 September and 1 November 2021 (see Statement 20 May 2010).
This list can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet through the link below. Further information about the method of adjustment of expense-related allowances can also be downloaded through the link below.
National Training Wage – reference to Miscellaneous Award 2020
The operative date of wage increases for employees undertaking a traineeship under the National Training Wage (NTW) will be in accordance with the operative date set by the Expert Panel in relation to modern award minimum wages.
This includes modern awards that refer to and incorporate the terms under Schedule E of the Miscellaneous Award 2020 (Miscellaneous Award), which has an operative date of 1 July 2021.
A temporary note will be inserted into the NTW incorporation clause in awards with an operative date of 1 November 2021 and 1 September 2021 for the Retail Award. The note will direct users to the rates in Schedule E to the Miscellaneous Award as at the date of the last increase in wages. These rates will be published on a separate webpage on the Commission’s website to ensure that they are easily accessible for award users.
|Award wage increase operative||Draft determination to insert note||Draft determination to remove note|
|1 September 2021||MA000004 draft – NTW note (amended 24 June 2021)||MA000004 draft – NTW note removed|
|1 November 2021||Draft NTW – note (amended 24 June 2021)||Draft – NTW note removed|
Note 1: There are no expense-related allowances in this modern award.
Note 2: There will be no increase to the expense-related allowances in this modern award as there was no increase in the applicable CPI index figure.