04 November 2022
TONY BURKE MP
MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
LEADER OF THE HOUSE
MARK BUTLER MP
MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGED CARE
ANIKA WELLS MP
MINISTER FOR AGED CARE
A PAY RISE FOR AGED CARE WORKERS
Aged care nurses will get a pay rise because of the advocacy of workers, unions and the Albanese Labor Government.
The Fair Work Commission has awarded 15 per cent interim increase in minimum wages for aged care workers in direct care roles on the Aged Care Award and the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award.
The Commission has announced a further process to consider further increases for these workers – and for aged care administrative and support staff.
Our Government promised to fight for a pay rise for Australia’s aged care workers and we did. We made a submission to the Fair Work Commission in August that unequivocally supported a wage increase.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommended the Government contribute to this union-initiated work value case. Unlike the previous Liberal and National government, we delivered.
The Government’s submission also made it clear we would fund an increase to award wages – and we will.
We’re fighting for a better future for aged care workers and residents.
If we don’t start paying aged care workers properly we won’t be able to attract and retain enough staff to care for our loved ones as our population ages.
Our Government is committed to stopping the neglect in the aged care sector – putting security, dignity and humanity back into the aged care system for workers and older Australians.
Quotes attributable to Tony Burke, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations:
“Aged care work is hard work – and it’s undervalued work.
“This result is the first step in changing that.
“Our Government is committed to getting wages moving again, particularly in low-paid female-dominated industries like this one.”
Quotes attributable to Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Aged Care:
“The Government delivered on its commitment to make a submission on this case and we will fund the outcome.
“Better wages will lead to better staffing and better care.”
Quotes attributable to Anika Wells, Minister for Aged Care:
“We need to bring workers back to the aged care sector and fill the staff shortages caused by nine years of neglect.
“One of the main causes of the gender pay gap is low pay and poor conditions in care sectors like aged care, where the majority of workers are women. Increasing wages in aged care is essential to ensuring that men and women are paid equally.”
FRIDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 2022