Wed 04 Jul 2018

CCF Member Communication


The Minimum Wage Panel of the Fair Work Commission recently handed down the 2017-2018 Annual Wage Review decision which provided for an increase to the minimum wage and award rates of 3.5% with effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2018.

The increases are fully absorbable into over-award payments, unless the employer agrees otherwise or there is an enterprise agreement or contract of employment which prescribes that these increases are payable.

Under modern awards, allowances have been divided into two categories – those which are expense-related and which are to be adjusted on the basis of specified CPI movements and others which are expressed as a % of the standard rate which, in the case of the Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010, is the award base rate for a Construction Worker Level 3

The CCF Update to Members -Annual Wage Review document provides a full break down of the Wage Rate update for our MembersThe Actual Rates prescribed in the table attached include Special Allowance and Industry Allowance which apply to all weekly employees covered by the award but does not include tool and employee protection allowance, underground allowance, air conditioning industry and refrigeration industry allowances, electrician’s licence allowance or in charge of plant allowance. If an employee has an entitlement to any of these allowances, they need to be factored into the Actual Rate payable.

Further information is available at the Fair Work Commission’s Building and Construction Industry General Onsite Award 2010 webpage which can be accessed at

For further assistance in pay rates calculations for this and other awards, go to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay Calculator at