Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced that the minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on April 1st

The starting-out and training hourly minimum wage rates will increase from $12.20 to $12.60 per hour, remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.

“An increase to $15.75 will benefit approximately 119,500 workers and will increase wages throughout the economy by $65 million per year.

The increase is the fourth successive 50c increase. The rate was raised from $13.75 to $14.25 in April 2014, then to $14.75 in 2015 and $15.25 last year.