Proposed pay increase for care and support workers

The minimum wage rates for support workers, as set out in Schedule 2 of the Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlements Act 2017, expired on 31 December 2023.

Following tripartite discussions, it has been proposed that service providers across the Home and Community, Disability, Mental Health & Addictions, and Aged Residential Care sectors consider increasing wage rates for care and support workers (CSWs) by 3% from funding made available from funders, effective 1 July 2023.

The proposed pay bands for L0, L2, L3, L4a and L4b, including the 3% funding available to employers from 1 July 2023, can be found in the 'Proposed Care and Support Worker Wage Increase' document.

The purpose of this sector proposal is to outline a collective approach to ensure sector consistency.  It is not a formal agreement or mechanism that can bind any party.  However, some of the funding offered is tagged to this purpose.