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Govt pledges to fund aged care pay rise, waiting on Fair Work Commission

The Federal Government will push for a significant and meaningful pay rise for workers in the aged care sector in a pitch to the industrial umpire.

ACWIC head buoyed by new Govt’s willingness to listen re: aged care crisis

ACWIC CEO Louise O’Neill sat down last week with Federal Labor's new assistant minister for health and aged care, Ged Kearney, to discuss the current crisis in aged care and what the Govt is doing to right the ship. BIANCA ROBERTS caught up with O'Neill for a chat about the meeting.

New data suggests gender pay gap could finally be closing

The nation’s gender pay gap could be diminishing, with data released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealing that total wages being paid to women is rising at a faster rate than total wages being paid to men.

We must ensure changes to SCHADS industry award don’t adversely impact elders: OPAN

OPAN is calling upon sector stakeholders to work together to ensure older people are not adversely affected by changes to the conditions of aged care workers that came into effect on July 1.

It’s time Govt provided meaningful increases to aged care supplements: home care provider

For Giovanni Siano, owner and director of home care provider Home Instead, the short-notice from Government on the indexation rate expected for subsidies covering the 2022/2023 financial year is hugely problematic. He fears that without a clear idea how much additional funding will be available, older persons receiving care, as well as the workers supporting them, will suffer as providers conservatively brace for the new financial year. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

PM says minimum wage rise the right decision, business groups disagree

The Fair Work Commission's decision to increase the minimum wage by 5.2 per cent was the correct one,  despite the concerns raised by business groups, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

HSU launches legal action against company’s aged care outsourcing

The Health Services Union has commenced a precedent-setting legal push to prevent aged care operators slashing pay by engaging catering staff under the hospitality award through labour hire operators.

Labor’s pledge to properly pay women and care workers is a start, but it won’t be easy

The Fair Work Commission is now considering a claim by unions to increase award rates in aged care to an average of $29 an hour. But that won’t fix the deeper problem - that heavily-feminised occupations are undervalued. Labor is promising to make gender pay equity an objective of the Fair Work Act.

Frontline workers nationwide striking while the election iron is hot

As wages drop on the back of a two-decade high spike in inflation, a growing number of frontline workers across Australia are taking action, demanding increased pay to keep pace with the rising cost of living.

Elusive Colbeck emerges to chat with COTA Australia’s Ian Yates during webinar

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck has today spoken about the progress made by the Morrison Government after the handing down of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in July 2021, a process of reform he says he is keen to continue after the election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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