COVID-19 Updates

New Award Rates & Allowances and Other Important Changes from 1 July 2021

NatRoad has informed members that the 2.5 per cent increase to award wage rates applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July.

The new rates for the road transport awards and the clerks award have been circulated and are in the member’s area of the NatRoad web site.

Two other important workplace relations matters that have changed from 1 July 2021 are listed below. Remember NatRoad can assist with unfair dismissal or general protections actions.

Superannuation Guarantee Contribution Rate

As NatRoad has previously advised members, from 1 July 2021, the statutory superannuation guarantee contribution rate will increase from 9.5% to 10%. This rate is set to continue until 1 July 2022, when it is due to increase to 10.5%.

High Income Threshold

From 1 July 2021, the high income threshold will increase from $153,600 to $158,500.

The high-income threshold is important because:

  • Employees who are not covered by a modern award or subject to an enterprise agreement and who receive guaranteed annual earnings above the high-income threshold are unable to make an unfair dismissal claim.
  • The maximum amount of compensation payable for a successful unfair dismissal claim is capped at the lower of:
  • the amount of remuneration received by the employee (or the amount the employee was entitled to receive, whichever is higher) in the 26 weeks before the dismissal; or
  • half the amount of the high-income threshold immediately before the dismissal (i.e. $79,250 if the dismissal occurs on or after 1 July 2021).

There is no compensation cap for general protections actions.

NatRoad communications are intended to provide commentary and general information. They should not be relied upon as legal advice. Our advisors are available to clarify any questions you have and provide the right advice for your business and workforce. Contact David at [email protected] or Richard at [email protected], or on (02) 6295 3000.

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