Who receives national minimum wage rise

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