The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) welcomes today’s WA state wage case decision, which provides for a 6.3 per cent increase to the state minimum wage and a 4 per cent increase for award-based pay.

From 1 July 2024, the state minimum wage for an adult will be $24.15 per hour, equivalent to $917.80 a week on full-time hours.

The decision will lift the minimum wage by about $54 a week and will provide sorely needed relief for working families and individuals struggling with the persistent cost of living pressures in WA.

WACOSS Chief Executive Officer Louise Giolitto said the increase would be essential in helping those in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.

“This meaningful increase to the state minimum wage will greatly assist many Western Australians who are facing higher living costs and financial hardship.

“While the work to bring an end to cost of living pressures is not yet done, we know this will come as welcome news to those who need financial help, and will contribute to improved living standards for employees under the state system.

“We thank Unions WA and the State Government for standing beside us to ensure the needs of low paid workers are recognised and commend the WA Industrial Relations Commission for taking an important step towards building a WA where all families can afford the cost of essentials.

“Western Australia is a great state; let’s make it a fairer one and make sure we leave no one behind.”

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