Changes coming to the minimum wage! What does that mean for you?

Minimum wage rise of 50c to $15.25 will cause zero job losses, says Govt

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse says the minimum wage will rise to $15.25 from April 1.

The minimum wage is to rise by 50 cents to $15.25 an hour from 1 April 2016, affecting more than 150,000 workers.

But the Government says the rise will not lead to the loss of any jobs, though an increase of a further 25c to $15.50 would have cost 2000 jobs.

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse said the starting-out and training hourly minimum wages rates would rise by 40c from $11.80 to $12.20 an hour, keeping them at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.

“The Government has once again taken care to ensure the right balance has been struck between protecting our lowest paid workers, and ensuring jobs are not lost,” Woodhouse said.

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