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Minimum wage

A new minimum wage for South Australian workers has been declared by the South Australian Employment Tribunal, commencing from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2017.

A full copy of the Commission's 2017 State Wage Case and Minimum Standard for Remuneration declaration (the Standard) is available from the AustLII website.

Worker age

Full-time worker

Part-time worker

Casual worker


(38 hours)



Adult (21 years and over)




















Under 17




Junior apprentice (first year)



Junior apprentice (second year)



Junior apprentice (third year)



Junior apprentice (fourth year)



Adult apprentice (21 years and over)



These rates apply to the South Australian industrial relations system (state system), which covers employers and workers in the South Australian public and local government sectors as well as prescribed state government business enterprises.

The rates do not apply to workers under a contract of employment or covered by a State Award, unless their current wage rates are lower, in which case the higher rate of the minimum wage must be paid.

Minimum wage rates are also set for:

  • trainees under formal training contracts as per the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 - refer to Schedule B of the Standard
  • workers in supported employment - refer to Schedule A of the Standard
  • piece workers - refer to Clause 7 of the Standard.

National industrial relations system

There is also a federal minimum wage for the whole of the private sector (including private schools, universities and the non-government community services sector) which is covered by the national industrial relations system.

Employers and their workers covered by this system can check their obligations and entitlements via the Fair Work Ombudsman website or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Minimum wage rates declared from 2012 to 2017 Minimum wage rates declared from 2012 to 2017