Fair Work Commission staff may conduct or commission research as part of the annual wage review. The research program for the Annual Wage Review 2019–20 (2019–20 Review) was finalised in a Statement on 10 December 2019 following an invitation to interested parties to submit proposals ( FWCFB 3500] at para. 464) and comment on the draft research program.
This page will be updated throughout the review.
In undertaking the research program, a Minimum Wages Research Group is consulted comprising representatives nominated by:
The following items will be published to inform the 2019–20 Review.
This will follow the format of previous Statistical reports and will be updated throughout the 2019–20 Review as new data are released. Each version of the Statistical report will be available on the Fair Work Commission (Commission) website.
This will follow the format of previous Research reference lists and will include Australian and international literature, such as working papers, journal articles or other types of published reports relevant to the minimum wages and modern awards objectives. The list will initially cover literature published following the Annual Wage Review 2018–19 (2018–19 Review) and be updated throughout the 2019–20 Review.
Outlines of the research reports to be undertaken for the 2019–20 Review are provided below.
This report will provide an analysis of the characteristics of award-reliant employees and how they compare with low-paid employees. In determining low-paid employees, the research will consider various data sources and thresholds of low pay. The report will also provide analysis on the proportion of employees that are both low paid and award reliant, their household circumstances, and their labour market transitions.
The 2018–19 Review decision stated that the Panel sees merit in research addressing how budget standards can be appropriately updated and to consider methods that can advance this area of research for future Reviews. This report will review and summarise approaches to budget standards in other countries and how they relate to living wages. The countries selected for the report will comprise advanced economies similar to Australia.
This brief report will provide an overview of the Commission’s Modern Award Database (database). The database contains wages, expense allowances and penalties related to all modern awards and is intended to be made publicly available in the second half of 2020.
The Commission is engaging with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to explore opportunities to use and link various data sources to undertake research topics relevant to the minimum wages and modern awards objectives. Research proposals and expectant projects will be communicated in due course.
Research material from past annual wage reviews is available.
Go to a complete list of previous research.