Workers across the region will benefit from the Fair Work Commission’s decision to boost the minimum wage and all award wages.
The commission has awarded a 3.3 per cent increase in the national minimum wage to $694.90 per week, or $18.29 an hour.
The decision took into account the submission made by the Victorian Government, which identified increasing reliance on awards across Australia and a rising level of income inequality.
‘‘(The) decision is a win for some of our lowest paid workers and I’m pleased the Fair Work Commission took our submission into account,’’ Industrial Relations Minister Natalie Hutchins said.
‘‘Better award wages are essential for vulnerable and low paid workers, older workers, young people and labour hire workers right across Victoria.’’
The decision is expected to particularly benefit women, who have a greater reliance on award rates than men and have a higher degree of employment and income insecurity.
It will also help workers in the hospitality, retail and fast food industry, who will have their rates and overall wages reduced because of the Federal Government’s recent penalty rates decision.