The history of the Australian minimum wage

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05 September 2016

Introduction

The history of the Australian minimum wage exhibition begins with the great strikes of the 19th century, which led to the introduction of the first minimum wage, and then looks at major steps in the evolution of the minimum wage through to the the modern era. There are eight key moments in the historical timeline depicted in text, images and video.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that The removal of award rate discrimination section of this online exhibition contains images of people who may have passed away.

Women making chocolate boxes, MacRobertson Chocolate factory