USU/ASU members have campaigned for a meaningful pay rise through the National Wage Case, and today we won!

Today, the Fair Work Commission announced that Modern Award Rates will increase by 5.75% and the National Minimum Wage will increase by 8.6% on July 1, 2023.

This win by union members is a clear example of how important it is to stand together to campaign for better pay and conditions in your workplace.


USU/ASU members should be proud for campaigning and winning this pay rise.

This pay rise has only been achieved through a united campaign by USU/ASU members.

What you need to know:

  • Workers covered by Modern awards are set to receive a pay rise of 5.75% as of July 1, 2023.
  • The lowest paid workers covered by the National Minimum Wage will receive a pay rise of 6% as of July 1, 2023.
  • Office and Admin workers who are paid according to the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020 will receive a 5.75% pay rise as of July 1, 2023.
  • If you are employed on an enterprise bargaining agreement, you won’t receive a pay increase unless your base rate of pay falls below the minimum award rate for your classification (this is your rate of pay without separate amounts like shift rates or overtime).

Our work continues – we need to ensure that employers pass on this wage increase to their workers on 1 July.

Your employer will be reviewing your current rates against the Award minimums over the coming weeks. The USU/ASU will be working with our members to ensure everyone is paid what they are owed.

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