The Modern awards pay database contains the dollar values for the minimum rates of pay, allowances and penalty rates in modern awards.
The data for each modern award is divided into 5 spreadsheets:
The Commission uses the Modern awards pay database to update modern awards efficiently and accurately following each year’s Annual Wage Review decision. The Commission has made data from the Modern awards pay database freely accessible to users in order to give users an opportunity to explore other potential uses for the data.
The data are available to download in Excel spreadsheets. If you require a copy in csv format please email email@example.com.
For further information on the Modern awards pay database, please refer to the Guide: Modern awards pay database.
We take care to ensure that data extracts are accurate at the time of publication but do not guarantee, and accept no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of the data in the Modern awards pay database.
While we publish updated data extracts as soon as possible following changes to the minimum rates of pay, allowances and penalty rates in modern awards, there may be a delay between when changes take effect and when we publish the updated data extract.
Data extracts must be read in conjunction with the provisions in the modern award. If there is an inconsistency between the data extract and the modern award, the modern award prevails.
The Fair Work Commission is making ongoing improvements to the Modern awards pay database. The data structure and data will change as these improvements are rolled out.
The 2021 data incorporates all amendments arising from the Annual Wage Review 2020–21.
There are different operative dates for different awards. Please refer to the operativeDate column in the spreadsheets to confirm the date of operation for each record. For example, the rates for the General Retail Industry Award 2020 [MA000004] come into operation from 1 September 2021. For data prior to these operative dates, please refer to the 2020 spreadsheets.
The 2021 expense-related allowance rates for those awards coming into operation on 1 September 2021 and 1 November 2021 will be calculated closer to their respective operative date. For the current rates of those awards, refer to the allowanceAmountLastAdjusted field or the 2020 spreadsheet.
|Data||Date last updated|
|Awards (Excel)||28 June 2021|
|Classifications (Excel)||28 June 2021|
|Wage-related allowances (Excel)||28 June 2021|
|Expense-related allowances (Excel)||16 July 2021|
|Penalty rates (Excel)||28 June 2021|
For details on the data fields and terminology used in the Modern awards pay database and related spreadsheets go to:
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