Here is a run-down of the key changes taking effect from 1 July 2021 that are likely to have an impact on small business owners in Western Australia.

New minimum wages

The minimum wages for both the federal and state based industrial relations systems will increase by 2.5 per cent from the first pay on or after 1 July 2021. There are some delays to increases in certain industries covered by the Federal system, including retail (from the first pay on or after 1 September 2021) and other awards (from the first pay on or after 1 November 2021).

If your business operates under the federal industrial relations system (covering businesses such as ‘Pty Ltd’ companies), the new national minimum wage will be $772.60 per week or $20.33 per hour. Visit the Fair Work website for more information about the national minimum wage increase.

If your business operates under the WA state industrial relations system (covering sole traders, micro businesses, unincorporated partnerships and unincorporated trust arrangements), the new minimum wage will be $779 per week or $20.50 per hour. For any questions about wages under the WA industrial relations system, contact Wageline.

Super guarantee increase

The superannuation guarantee will increase from 9.5 per cent to 10 per cent. This change is part of incremental increases that will see the SG rate increase by 0.5 per cent annually until it reaches 12 per cent on 1 July 2025.

Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting changes

STP reporting is now a requirement for small businesses with closely held payees and micro employers that had completing quarterly STP reporting. Find out more about the STP reporting changes.

Updated Franchising Code

Many changes to the Franchising Code commence on 1 July 2021, including those relating to franchisee protections and the disclosure obligations of franchisors. Visit the ACCC website for information and fact sheets on the amended Code.

New Fitness Code

If you run a business in the fitness industry, a new Fitness Code is now in effect. The code has been developed to make sure there are appropriate standards of service, to encourage consumer confidence, and to support and promote the fitness industry.

Changes to Australian Consumer Law

The value of goods covered by the definition of ‘consumer’ under the Australian Consumer Law increased from $40,000 to $100,000. This means that consumer guarantees will apply to more transactions, including when businesses sell to other business.

Businesses must guarantee products and services they sell, hire or lease that are under $100,000 (with some exceptions), or over $100,000 if they are normally bought for personal or household use. Business vehicles and trailers must also be guaranteed, if they are used mainly to transport goods. The consumer guarantee applies automatically, regardless of any other warranty.

Location allowance increase for regional employees

If you have employees in certain regional towns, you may be required to pay a location allowance. Visit the Wageline website for information on the new rates for each town and details of the wage awards this allowance applies to.

Other changes of note

Legal and risk
29 June 2021