AUSTRALIA'S NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RISE
HOW MUCH IS IT?
* National minimum wage will be $753.80 a week. That's a 1.75 per cent or $13 a week increase
* The increase is lower than last year's three per cent, but still amounts to a real wage increase when adjusting for inflation
WHEN DOES IT KICK IN?
* The pay rise will be phased in over three stages, with industries least affected by the coronavirus pandemic getting it first
* On July 1, it will go to frontline services workers, including those in healthcare and social assistance, teachers, and child care workers
* On November 1, the pay rise will be rolled out to industries who have been more affected by COVID-19, including construction and manufacturing
* The most hit sectors - retail, accommodation and food services, arts and recreation, aviation and tourism - won't get the boost until February 1, 2021
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?
* Fair Work Commission decision directly affects 2.2 million workers - 21 per cent of all employees
* It affects the 180,200 employees paid the minimum wage and those workers whose wages are set by a modern award minimum wage
* The decision indirectly affects many more workers, particularly those paid close to the minimum wage or whose pay is set by a collective agreement linked to annual wage review
* Federal government says just under one third of award-reliant workers are classified as low paid
WHAT WAS SAID ABOUT THIS YEAR'S DECISION?
* "When it's time for businesses to move off JobKeeper, we risk there being less jobs because of this decision." - Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson
* "Essentially this decision is a wage maintenance decision... However it's also a rejection of the argument by employers that wages should be cut, and we welcome that decision." - ACTU Secretary Sally McManus
* "We are pleased that the commission has acknowledged the retail sector amongst the most highly affected by the pandemic and taken this into account by deferring the impact of a wage increase until after the critical Christmas trading period." - Australian Retailers Association chief executive Paul Zahra