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The 2022 State Wage Case

The Commission in Court Session has handed down its decision in the 2022 State Wage Case.

The Commission has increased the State Minimum Wage by $40.90 per week, which brings the State Minimum Wage to $819.90 per week from 1 July 2022.  The Commission also increased award rates up to the C10 classification rate by $40.90 per week, and increased rates of pay for award classifications at the C10 classification and above by 4.65%.

The Commission’s reasons for decision and minutes of proposed order were handed down at 3:30pm, Thursday 23 June 2022

The Commission’s statement in relation to its decision can be read here. 

A full copy of the Commission’s Reasons for Decision can be read here.

The General Order can be found here.


Relevant criteria

In making its decision, the Commission is required to consider the need to —

  • ensure that Western Australians have a system of fair wages and conditions of employment; and
  • meet the needs of the low paid; and
  • provide fair wage standards in the context of living standards generally prevailing in the community; and
  • contribute to improved living standards for employees; and
  • protect employees who may be unable to reach an industrial agreement; and
  • encourage ongoing skills development.

 It is also required to consider:

  • the state of the economy of Western Australia and the likely effect of its decision on that economy and, in particular, on the level of employment, inflation and productivity in Western Australia; and
  • to the extent that it is relevant, the state of the national economy; and
  • to the extent that it is relevant, the capacity of employers as a whole to bear the costs of increased wages, salaries, allowances and other remuneration; and
  • the need to ensure that the Western Australian award framework represents a system of fair wages and conditions of employment; and
  • relevant decisions of other industrial courts and tribunals; and
  • any other relevant matters.

Who will be covered by the 2022 State Wage Case General Order?

The General Order will apply to those employers and employees covered by the WA industrial relations system.  To find out if you are covered by the state system, or for further information on your employment conditions, please contact Wageline on 1300 655 266.  

Previous State Wage Cases

Archives of the following State Wage Cases are available for viewing.