On 31 May 2016 the Fair Work Commission released its annual wage decision. As a result there is an increase of minimum rates of pay contained within the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010 and the Nurses Award 2010. The increase comes into effect from 1 July 2016 and is set at 2.4%.
If you are running a practice that pays staff at minimum wages then you need to ensure you comply. Significant penalties will apply for non-compliance. For practices that pay staff above award rates you are not required to increase the rate of pay unless it will fall below the minimum rates.
If you are an AMA Victoria member then you can subscribe to the Award Service to ensure you keep up to date with all the changes. Subscribers will receive the full table of rates, penalties and allowances. Alternatively you can access the awards directly via the Fair Work Ombudsman website Fairwork Minimum Wage Increase 2016
Please contact your local William Buck Advisor, if you require assistance with the changes.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are in the nature of general comments only, and are not to be used, relied or acted upon without seeking further professional advice. William Buck accepts no liability for errors or omissions, or for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any person acting without such advice. Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation. This information is current as at 14th June 2016.