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6.3.11 National Minimum Wage

Section 179 provides that where a person's normal earnings (NE) are less than the national minimum wage (as set by Fair Work Australia) then this amount is used as the person's normal earnings.  For example, where a Reservist has ADF earnings of $90 per week for one-day's Reserve employment, and civilian earnings of $400 per week (for 20 hours as a part-time console operator), their NE would only be $490 per week.  Section 179 dictates that this person's NE should be the national minimum wage.  Refer to Clik for the current rate via the following link