The national minimum wage has increased to $20.33 per hour today.

The weekly minimum wage is now $772,60 per week, up from $753.80.

Employees under awards will also have their base rates increased by 2.5 per cent, however they will commence on different dates.

The hospitality award will increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2021.

Casual employees that the national minimum wage applies to must receive a minimum $25.41 per hour including their 25 per cent casual loading.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman has free online tools available to help employers comply with their workplace obligations, which have been updated to reflect the new pay rates,” says Sandra Parker, Fair Work Ombudsman.

“We urge all businesses to use our Pay and Conditions Tool to check the lawful minimum rates they need to pay their staff, or to contact us directly for free assistance.

“We encourage workers to use the Pay and Conditions Tool to check their rates of pay. If workers are unsure which award applies to them, they can use our Find my award tool.

“If employers and employees have any queries or concerns about pay rates, they can contact the Fair Work Ombdusman for free advice and assistance.”