Clause by clause analysis
Clause 1 is the Title clause.
Clause 2 is the commencement clause. It provides for the Bill to come into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.
Clause 3 sets out the purpose of the Bill.
Clause 4 states that the Minimum Wage Act 1983 is the principal Act.
Clause 5 inserts new clause 4A in the principal Act.
New clause 4A requires an Order in Council to be made under section 4 of the principal Act prescribing a minimum rate of wages of not less than $15 per hour. It requires the Order in Council to be made by no later than 31 March 2013 and to come into force on 1 April 2013. The effect of the Order in Council is that the minimum rate of wages of not less than $15 per hour will be payable on and after 1 April 2013 to the people referred to in section 4(1)(a) to (c) of the Act (which include workers who are 16 years of age or older and workers who are new entrants).
New clause 4A also clarifies that the minimum rate of wages prescribed by the Order in Council applies despite anything to the contrary in any enactment, rule of law, award, collective agreement, determination, or contract of service.