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Posted February 1, 2021

Increased Wage Rates and Allowances


In accordance with the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review 2018-19 Decision, the wage rates and some allowances in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 have been varied.


The key changes are:

  • Award wage rates will be increased by 1.75% effective from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 February 2021.
  • Junior, apprentice and trainee wage rates will be adjusted proportionately.
  • Wage related allowances and expense related allowances will be increased in accordance with the usual formulas. 

The new wage and wage-related allowance rates payable under the above award have been created by HABA and can be downloaded from the Members section of the website.


Expense-related allowances

Due to the timing of the release of Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, it was not possible to notify Members of the increases in expense-related allowances in the Compliance Advice that was issued for the above award earlier this year. Expense-related allowances were marked as “TBA” (To Be Advised) in the tables of rates and allowances attached to the Compliance Advice. Expense-related allowances in awards are adjusted based on the latest CPI data available on the operative date of the allowance increase. The relevant CPI data was published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 27 January 2021.


The new expense-related allowances payable under the above award are set out in Wage Rate PDF available for download in the Members Section of the website, in addition to the wage and wage-related allowance rates that were provided to Members previously.


What is the operative date?

The increases are operative from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 February 2021.


Can the wage increases be absorbed into over-award payments?

Yes. The increases are fully absorbable into over-award payments, unless the employer agrees otherwise.


Are there any exceptions?

It’s important to note that there are specific award rates for Trainees across all states (including graduates), for some apprentices and trainees of non-constitutional corporations in QLD and for non-constitutional corporations in WA. For advice on these very specific cases, we recommend calling our advice line to get the most up-to-date and correct information.


Do you require further advice?
For information or assistance relating to the application of the Fair Work Commission’s decision, please contact the Hair and Beauty Australia Workplace Advice Line on (02) 9221 9911, which is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm AEST

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