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The Industrial Relations Commission of SA has declared  the following minimum wage (Minimum Standard for Remuneration) commencing from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2016. Minimum rates were also set for apprentices, trainees, piece workers and workers in supported employment.

Age

Weekly
(38 hours)

Hourly

Casual
Hourly

 

($)

($)

($)

Adult

684.90

18.02

22.53

20 (90%)

616.40

16.22

20.28

19 (80%)

547.90

14.42

18.03

18 (70%)

479.40

12.62

15.78

17 (60%)

410.90

10.81

13.51

Under 17 (50%)

342.50

9.01

11.26

The minimum wage applies to all employers and workers who are covered by the South Australian industrial relations system (state system) and prevails over a contract of employment and existing State Award wages and conditions to the extent that the terms of the minimum wage are more favourable to a worker. This particularly impacts on state system employers who engage workers not covered by a State Award.

As from 1 January 2010, the state system covers only employers and workers in the South Australian public sector, local government and prescribed state government business enterprises. The whole of the private sector, including the non-government community services sector, private schools and universities, are now covered by the national industrial relations system.

A full copy of the Commission's 2016 Wage Case and Minimum Standard for Remuneration declaration is available from the AustLII website.

Note that there is also a federal minimum wage. National system employers and their workers should go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website or ring the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 to identify their obligations and entitlements.

The SafeWork SA rate sheet can be accessed from the links below.