Fair Work High Income Threshold 2020

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


What does this mean for employers?

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.

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