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The 2021-2022 Annual Wage Review

The Minimum Wage Panel of the Fair Work Commission recently handed down the 2021-2022 Annual Wage Review decision which provided for an increase to the minimum wage of 5.2% with award rates increasing by a minimum of 4.6% with effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2022.

The increases are fully absorbable into over-award payments, unless the employer agrees otherwise or there is an enterprise agreement or contract of employment which prescribes that these increases are payable.

Under modern awards, allowances have been divided into two categories – those which are expense-related and which are to be adjusted on the basis of specified CPI movements and others which are expressed as a % of the standard rate which, in the case of the Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2020, is the award base rate for a Construction Worker Level 3.

Calculation of Rates under the Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010

Weekly (full-time and part-time) employees

Included in this update are the ordinary time rates for weekly (full-time and part-time) and casual employees and civil construction trainees and apprentices.

Clause 19.3 (b) of the award prescribes the following method for calculating all purpose rates for weekly employees: The following calculation is performed to arrive at the actual weekly rate.

The hourly rate will be calculated by adding the amounts prescribed in:

  • The basic rate for the classification (Clause 19 of the award) plus
  • The Industry Allowance of $56.45 (Clause 22.1(a) of the award)

and, where applicable:

  • Tool and employee protection allowance (Clause 21.1 of the award)
  • Underground allowance (Clause 23.2 of the award)
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration industry allowances (Clause 23.7 of the award)
  • Electrician’s licence allowance (Clause 23.8 of the award)
  • In charge of plant allowance (Clause 23.9 of the award) and dividing the total by 38.
Casual Employees

The addition of a 25% loading to the rate for weekly employees.

Effective from first pay period commencing on or after 1st July 2022

The Actual Rates prescribed in the table below include the Industry Allowance which apply to all weekly employees covered by the award but do not include tool and employee protection allowance, underground allowance, air conditioning industry and refrigeration industry allowances, electrician’s licence allowance or in charge of plant allowance. If an employee has an entitlement to any of these allowances, they need to be factored into the Actual Rate payable.

Building & Construction General On-Site Award 2020

Civil Construction Traineeships

Civil Construction Apprenticeship – 3 Years

Allowances & Special Rates

Various allowances and special rates could apply to employees in general or to some in specific circumstances. The following are the new rates for some of these allowances and special rates but members should look at the award for detail on their application and to see whether any other rates or allowances could have application.

Information is also available at the Fair Work Commission’s Building and Construction Industry General On- site Award 2020 webpage which can be accessed at…


For further assistance in pay rates calculations for this and other awards, go to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay Calculator at…


A comprehensive Pay Guide for the Award can also be accessed at…


This Wage Summary has been prepared from information available on the websites of the Fair Work Commission (www.fwc.gov.au) and the Fair Work Ombudsman (www.fairwork.gov.au).

This information does not constitute legal advice and is meant to be used only as a guide. The regulator for the building and construction industry in relation to wages and entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Commonwealth) is the Australian Building and Construction Commission (www.abcc.gov.au)


If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the CCF Team on 03 9588 7600.

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>The Fair Work Commission’s Building and Construction Industry General On-site Award 2010 webpage – Click HERE

>Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay Calculator – Click HERE