In a landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), thousands of aged care workers are set to receive substantial wage increases, marking a significant milestone for the sector. The ruling will see wage boosts of up to nearly 30 percent for these dedicated professionals.

According to Gerard Hayes, president of the Health Services Union (HSU), the wage increases vary based on the role of the worker. Personal carers stand to gain between 18 and 28 per cent, while home care workers could see raises between 15 and 26 per cent. This means some employees could enjoy a salary hike of more than $9 per hour, with personal carers potentially earning $32.52 per hour, up from $23.10.

Hayes hailed the decision as ‘historic’ and ‘life-changing’, noting that it brings aged care wages more in line with those in the public health system. He expressed optimism that the wage increases will attract more workers to the aged care sector, particularly in regional areas, where the demand for skilled professionals is high.

Anglicare, a leading aged care provider, welcomed the decision and urged the federal government to fully fund the wage increases. Kasy Chambers, executive director of Anglicare Australia, emphasised the significance of the decision in recognising the undervalued contributions of aged care workers, particularly women.

‘We are particularly pleased that today’s decision recognises that aged care workers have been underpaid as a female-dominated workforce and recognises the important contribution of care work,’ stated Chambers. The wage increases mark a significant step towards addressing long-standing wage disparities within the sector.

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