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Starting Out Wage

Published 07 Apr 2013

The new ‘starting-out wage’ applies to workers aged between 16 and 19 years.

Groups eligible for the starting-out wage:
  • 16- and 17-year-olds during their first six months of work with a new employer (or until they are training or supervising others);
  • 18- and 19-year-olds who have been paid a benefit for 6 months or longer, and who have not completed 6 months of continuous work with any employer since starting on benefit (or until they are training or supervising others);
  • 16- to 19-year-old workers in a recognised industry training course involving at least 40 credits a year.

Under the new starting-out wage scheme, eligible 16- to 19-year-olds can be paid 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage (currently amounting to $11 per hour) for 6 months or for as long as they are undertaking recognised industry training of at least 40 credits per year.

As of 1 May 2013 the “Starting Out” wage will replace the “new entrants” wage, and “training” wage for under-20s.
  • Where Employees were on the "new entrants minimum wage" before 1 May 2013, the Employers can continue to pay them on the same wage rate until the Employees have completed the lesser of 200 hours or 3 months continuous employment (or until they are training or supervising others).
  • 16-19 year-old Employees who were on the "training minimum wage" before 1 May 2013 will continue on the same wage rate.

Source: DOL and WINZ