Below are the current minimum wage rates for support workers by pay band. There are five pay bands set out by the workers’ Pay Equity (PE) pay rate. The PE pay bands are L0, L2, L3, L4a and L4b. Please refer to section 4 of the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Operational Policy Document to determine a support worker's pay band.

Pay band 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023
L0 $22.49
L2 $24.06
L3 $26.16
L4a $27.20
L4b $28.25

Proposed pay increase for care and support workers

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 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.

Read more about the proposed pay increase.