New Minimum Pharmacy Award Rates of pay

The Fair Work Commission recently handed down its Annual Wage Review Decision. In doing so they determined to increase all award rates of pay by 1.75%. PPA and other unions, through the ACTU, sought increases of 4% and the employers sought a pay freeze. In the current economic and pandemic environment PPA believes that a 1.75% increase is probably better than expected.

The FWC has decided to apply three different operative dates for the commencement of these increases based on the impacts of COVID-19 on each sector. Workers covered by "group one" awards, such as frontline healthcare and social assistance workers (including pharmacy workers), teachers and childcare workers and other essential services, will receive their increase from July 1.

Other groups will receive their increases in either November 1 or February 1 based on the impact of COVID-19 on their industries. For example the increase will apply from 1 November in the construction and manufacturing industries and from 1 February in retail and food services The Pharmacy Industry Award is one of the awards that the Commission has determined will have the increase apply from 1 July this year. So, unlike employees in many other industries you will receive your 1.75% increase in award minimum rates of pay on 1 July.

The Award now also details minimum rates of pay where penalties apply. These rates can be found here.

Its important that you check to make sure that you are being paid at least the minimum rate for your classification. Its illegal to pay you less than the minimum rate for your classification.

If you are not being paid the new minimum for your classification or if you require any further advice please contact our Workplace Advice and Support lawyers on 1300 273 762 or email