Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm a 19 year old restaurant employee and have heard from my fellow employees that there will be a yearly increase but I won't get it? Is this true?

As a worker under 21 years of age, you are considered a junior employee and junior employees are also eligible for the 2012 Annual Wage Review. Special national minimum wages have been set for juniors who are not covered by any other award or agreement and these apply from the first pay period on, or after 1 July 2011.

For junior employees, the minimum rates are:

  • Under 16 years of age $5.71
  • 16 years of age $7.34
  • 17 years of age $8.96
  • 18 years of age $10.59
  • 19 years of age $12.80
  • 20 years of age $15.15.
Keep in mind that if you are responsible for the serving of alcohol as part of your duties, you must be paid the full adult rate irrespective of your age. However, this does not apply if you are just removing empty glasses which have contained alcohol.


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