Aged Care Workers to Receive Record Pay Rise

17 May 2023

The Budget will provide $11.3 billion over four years to fund the Fair Work Commission's interim 15% pay rise decision earlier this year, to take effect from 1 July.

As part of the boost, for example:

  • a registered nurse on a level 2.3 award wage will receive an additional $10k a year;
  • a level 4 personal care worker under the Aged Care Award, or a level 3.1 home care worker under the SCHADS Award, will earn an additional $7.3k; and
  • a level 4 head chef/cook under the Aged Care Award will also be paid an additional $7.3k.

The "record" investment is a "historic and deserved pay rise for a workforce undervalued for far too long", Aged Care Minister Anika Wells said last week.

"Fair wages play a major role in attracting and retaining workers to provide around the clock care for some of Australia's most vulnerable people."

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