Update to Payment Standards in NAVA Code of Practice

Increases apply to the National Minimum Wage, superannuation, and Award minimum wages and allowances to reflect the national minimum wage increase.

NAVA has updated the Payment Standards chapter of the Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design (the Code) to reflect the recent national minimum wage increase announced by the Fair Work Commission. The increases apply to the National Minimum Wage, superannuation, and Award minimum wages and allowances, which are drawn from the Live Performance Award.

National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage applies to employees not covered by an Award or registered agreement. On 1 July 2023, the National Minimum Wage increased to $882.80 per week or $23.23 per hour. 

Two minimum ranges have been updated in the Wages section of the Code to reflect this increase:

  • Front of House staff at a small organisation start at the National Minimum Wage.
  • Wages for Administration Officer have been adjusted based on the minimum wage increase.

As it has not been a full year since the new Code was released, no other changes have been applied to fees and wages. The first annual increase to the Payment Standards drawn from CPI (Consumer Price Index) will be applied in the new year to come into effect in July 2024.

Superannuation (super)

On 1 July 2023, the super guarantee rate increased from 10.5% to 11%. For a list of super guarantee rates, visit ATO – Super guarantee percentage.

The Code details superannuation obligations for employers and contractors under legislation. It makes good practice recommendations to consider and budget for superannuation when negotiating a contractor’s fee, ensuring it is separate from the artist's fee.  

To understand your super obligations or entitlements, contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Award minimum wages and allowances

On 1 July 2023, Award wages increased by 5.75%.

Two sections of the Payment Standards in the Code have been updated to reflect this increase. They are the Performance Fees and Allowances sections which are both based on the Live Performance Award (LPA).

Illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole © 2022

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