The law says that employers can pay you less for doing the same job as another person if you are younger than that person and you are under 21 years old. But the laws says that most of the time you must not be paid less than somebody else just because of your disability. The only time the law says this is OK is if you agree to use the Supported Wage System.
A government group called Fair Work Australia has a list of the lowest amounts of money that a person can be paid for each hour they work. This is called a minimum rate of pay. It depends on what your job is and how old you are.
If you are under 21 years old, the amount of money you get usually goes up every year until you are 21. The law says this is OK. But after you are 21, you should be paid the same as other people who do the same job as you and are 21 or older.
You should earn the same amount for each hour as other people who do the same job and are the same age as you. If you are worried that you are not being paid the right amount, or would like more information about fair pay, you can contact your union or the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The law says that you should earn the same amount for each hour as other people who do the same job and are the same age as you. This is true even if you have a disability and they do not. Except if you are employed under something called the Supported Wage System, the law and Fair Work Australia say that an employer can’t pay you less because you have a disability.
Max got a new job and his employment service suggested he use the Supported Wage System. But he didn't want to be paid less than other workers just because he has a disability. So he asked an advocate for help.