Fair Work High Income Threshold Changes 2020

Income Threshold Increases

Fair Work Commission Releases Changes To High Income Threshold 1 July 2020 – The Fair Work Commission has released its annual increase to the high income threshold. From an Australian immigration perspective, this threshold affects the salary benchmark that applicants aged over 45 years must now meet. From 1 July 2020, the high income threshold is $153,600 – a $4,900 increase on the 2019/20 threshold. As the FWHIT is indexed every year effective 1 July, a specific threshold would apply to the period from 1 July of a particular year to 30 June of the next year, that is, the period representing the tax (or fiscal) year. Since the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the FWHIT has been as follows:

  • 2016-2017: AUD 138 900
  • 2017-2018: AUD 142 000
  • 2018-2019: AUD 145 400
  • 2019-2020: AUD 148 700
  • 2020-2021: AUD 153 600

If your business is currently contemplating sponsoring an overseas national for permanent residence and they are over 45 years of age or over, you must ensure that they have met the high income threshold for the previous 3 years before lodgement of the application.


Should you need any information regarding the latest travel bans, or want to talk to someone regarding the options available to your employees in order to remain in Australia until the travel ban is lifted, please reach out to the Visa Executive team – TEMI’s Australian immigration advisers. Visa Executive are proud to be part of the Friends of TEMI panel.

Amanda Tinner Fellow of the MIA MARN 0325139
Mob: +61 (0) 409 969 525
Email: amanda.tinner@visaexecutive.com
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Skype: trounson Published by: The Employee Mobility Institute, July 2020

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