In 2005 money wages continued to grow at a moderate rate within Reserve Bank limits with no evidence of generalized wage pressures arising from skill shortages. In June the Australian Industrial Relations Commission raised the Federal Minimum Wage by $17 as part of the Safety Net Adjustment. The second half of the year was dominated by speculation about the consequences for wage determination of the implementation of the WorkChoices bill which was passed by both Houses of Parliament in December.
Journal of Industrial Relations Vol. 48, Issue 3, p. 319-339