Bid for elderly pay rise to be revealed –


Details of the federal government’s proposal to raise salaries for seniors are expected to be revealed in a submission to the fair labor arbitrator.

A significant and meaningful pay rise for workers in the sector will be advocated by the government in its memorandum on Monday, Aged Care Minister Anika Wells said.

The Fair Work Commission is considering raising pay rates for residential and home care workers following the findings of the Royal Commission on Aged Care.


While unions are pushing for a pay rise of at least 25 per cent for aged care workers, Ms Wells said the government’s bid would not come with a figure.

But the Albanian administration has pledged to fund any decision made by the commission regarding salaries for the elderly, she said.

“The kind of work we want them to do based on the recommendations of the royal commission for the care of the aged, for a better standard and a better future… is more complex work, so they should be recognized for it “, she told Sky News on Sunday.

“We need to do something to better value older workers and that starts with a pay rise.”

But Ms Wells acknowledged that pressures on the federal budget mean that any wage increases must be significant but sustainable.

“We have to improve the quality of care, but we have to do it in a sustainable way…these reforms have to outlast us all,” she said.

Laws responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aged Care were the first to pass through parliament under the new Labor government.

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