New year, new approach and last tranche of award wage increase.

New year, new approach and last tranche of award wage increase.

Now is the time to re-focus your team for success and review the award changes effective from February 2021.

The new year is upon us and the first month of the year will fly by with many staff returning refreshed from leave.

Now is the perfect time to set out your business priorities, review upcoming changes to award wages and your human resource management systems to re-engage employees and recalibrate a team focused clearly on success.

Similarly, the new year is the perfect time to ensure your policies, employment agreements and employee records are legally compliant and tailored to meet your business needs.

The final round of Fair Work Commission award wage increases for this financial year will become effective from the first full pay period after 1 February 2021 as set out below:


  • Accommodation and food services
  • Arts and recreation services
  • Aviation
  • Retail trade
  • Tourism

A summary of the decision which outlines which Modern Awards fall within Group 3 can be accessed here.

With high-profile underpayment and record-keeping cases receiving more media and legislative attention than ever include new, higher penalties for serious contraventions of the Fair Work Act, it is now more important than ever to ensure you are meeting your legal requirements.

Additionally, employers should utilise the new year as an annual business health check-up to ensure you are compliant with any new legislation requirements and most importantly, the abovementioned award wage obligations and ensure your records, contracts and policies are complaint.

The new year is also a good opportunity to schedule team and individual training and development for the year ahead.

It can be a daunting prospect for businesses and managers to not only know where to start, but how to manage human resources entirely.

Akyra can provide you with a review of award wages, employment agreements and your human resource management systems to ensure you are compliant, assist with identifying training needs and conduct employee engagement surveys to identify opportunities... plus, a multitude of additional HR tailored services and support to get your new year and business off to the best possible start and ensure you are compliant with the Fair Work Act. 

Every industry and business will have unique requirements and for further guidance or advice on Human Resource Management, Contact us now to book a time to discuss your areas of potential HR concern, thereafter we will provide a way forward where it might be needed.

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