Increase to the national minimum wage now in effect


The national minimum wage has increased by 3.5 per cent, with effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018.

That makes the national minimum wage $719.20 per week or $18.93 per hour.  This amounts to an extra $24.30 for minimum wage earners. 

The 3.5 per cent increase also flows on to Modern Award rates, including the rates of pay in the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 2010 [MA000036] (‘modern award’).

The increase will also impact rates of pay in Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, so it is important to review your employees' pay rates to ensure they are not being underpaid.  

Each year, the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of Western Australia provides a summary to its members of the base rates of pay to reflect the increase to minimum wages in the modern award.  

These summaries (along with the Pay Scale Summary, released by the Fair Work Ombudsman) will be made available through the members section of the MPGA website.  

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay Scale Summary is a comprehensive guide to a range of pay rates, including overtime rates, penalty rates and allowances, as well as apprentice rates of pay.

If you would like pay rates emailed to you directly, please contact

If you are a sole trader or a partnership, you will need to ensure you pay your employees in accordance with the relevant State Award.  

Did you know that the MPGA provides free industrial relations advice to members?

If you have any inquiries on this wage increase or any other workplace relations matter, please contact Rebecca Cutler – Industrial Relations Manager on (08) 9471 6618 or by email

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