Minimum wage rise bid

Increasing the minimum wage by about $27 per week would help address the gender pay gap and protect Australia’s most vulnerable workers, the Victorian Government says.

In its submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review, the State Government argued the national minimum wage should be bumped up to $19 an hour, the equivalent of about $722 per week.

It currently sits at $18.29 per hour, which equates to $695.02 per 38 hour week, before tax.

The government’s submission also highlights an increasing reliance on award wages in Australia.

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