Pay and leave during coronavirus

Published 27 March 2020 | Updated 25 September 2020

Annual Wage Review – 1 February 2021 changes

From the first full pay period on or after 1 February 2021, new minimum wages for the retail, hospitality, food services and other industries come into effect. For more information, visit The Commission's announcement of a 1.75% increase to minimum wages.

The Fair Work Commission will issue the updated pay rates on 21 January 2021 and we’ll update our Pay guides and Pay Calculator as soon as possible after this date.

This section has information about pay and leave entitlements during coronavirus, including information about recent changes to help workplaces manage the impacts of coronavirus.

Pay and entitlement changes during coronavirus

To help manage the impact of coronavirus, there have been changes to some employees’ pay and leave entitlements. These include the introduction of:

These changes don’t affect every workplace. Employers and employees can still access their existing pay and leave entitlements and conditions under the National Employment Standards (NES), applicable award, enterprise agreement, contract or workplace policy.

In this section, read more about:

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Border closures: pay and leave options

During the coronavirus outbreak, some Australian state and territory borders may be temporarily closed to slow the spread of coronavirus.

While a border closure is in place, some residents of affected states or territories may not be able to attend work as usual.

If you’re an employer or employee affected by the border closure, the information on the following pages will help you understand your entitlements and obligations and help you make alternative arrangements.

Importantly, if you can’t attend work because of an enforceable government direction, including where this limits travel (or crossing state borders), you should contact your employer immediately to discuss your leave or flexible working options.

For all employers and employees:

For the latest coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia visit Australia.gov.au external-icon.png.

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Pay and leave tools

We have tools to help you calculate pay and leave entitlements:

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Resolving workplace issues

For information about resolving workplace issues related to pay or leave entitlements, see Resolving workplace issues during coronavirus page.

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