International students: minimum wage increase July 2019

International students have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia including minimum pay rates they have to be paid, based on the work they do. A new national minimum wage, award wages and allowances come into effect from July 2019.

17 Sep 2019

Fair Work Ombudsman Wage Review 2019

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 3% increase to base rates of pay, with the new national minimum wage set at $19.49 per hour. The new pay rates apply from the first full pay period took effect from July 1, 2019.

International students have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia including minimum pay rates they have to be paid, based on the work they do.

Use the pay calculator to check your pay

The increase applies to employees that get their pay rates from:

  • the national minimum wage
  • a modern award or
  • a registered agreement (in some cases).

The increase won’t affect employees who are already getting paid more than the new minimum wages. Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman's website for more information on who the increase applies to.

Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman Infoline on 13 13 94 (13 14 50 for translating and interpreting service). Many people find it easier to submit an online enquiry through the Fair Work Ombudsman’s My account service.