The Fair Work Commission has ruled to increase the national minimum wage by 3.3 per cent from 1 July.

The decision made on Tuesday will see the national minimum wage rise to $694.90 per week or $18.29 per hour.

This constitutes an increase of $22.20 per week to the weekly rate or 59 cents per hour to the hourly rate.

The ANMF says the increase will do “precious little” to help nursing and care staff keep up with the rising cost of living, noting it is well below the $45-per-week increase it was seeking for its members.

“As the country’s largest union, the ANMF is extremely disappointed by the Commission’s decision to lift the minimum wage by just 3.3 per cent,” Ms Butler said.

“At a time of flat wage growth, booming company profits and generous corporate tax cuts, it’s terribly unfair that our members working under the national Nurses Award 2010 will be among the 2.3 million Australian workers affected by this decision.”

ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow said: “Dedicated aged care workers need to be recognised for the important work they do each and every day, however, the reality of this decision creates further pressure on providers at a challenging time when funding is constrained and reform is constant.”

“Aged care providers require an environment that provides funding certainty and confidence to enable them to continue to invest in our aged care workforce.

“ACSA will continue to strongly advocate for increased funding, including public and private contributions, and regulatory settings to support these outcomes.”

LASA did not respond to our questions.