The ACTU has claimed the acceleration in consumer prices justified its revised minimum wage claim for a 5.5 per cent increase to the minimum wage consistent with predicted mid-year headline CPI figures. The level of this proposed increase will be disputed by industry groups, employers and the federal government.

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) will hear the 2022 minimum wage case in early June and a decision about the percentage increase will be available on 1 July 2022.

Jobs Australia will prepare Pay Tables for Members as soon as the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) publishes their guides on 1 July 2022.

This will be uploaded to our Jobs Australia website when completed with an email to notify Members of their availability.

The increase will be applied from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2022. Please do not contact us about pay rates before 1 July 2022 as the increase will not be available before that date.

Wage case to increase pay for residential aged care employees
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) commenced accepting written submissions on 26 April 2022 for an application by the Health Services Union and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to seek to vary several modern awards to increase pay for aged care workers by 25 per cent.

The application argues that pay rates in aged care do not meet the Fair Work Act 2009 (cth) (FW Act) requirements of a fair minimum wage, with an hourly rate of $22 reported for personal care workers. It has been suggested by some industry stakeholders that a wage rise is needed to attract and retain skilled workers in the industry.

If the case succeeds, a 25 per cent wage increase would apply to:

  • Enrolled Nurses, care workers, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners working under the Nurses Award 2020 [MA000034] who work in aged care.
  • Care workers, general and administrative service employees and food services employees under the Aged Care Award [MA000018].
  • Home care workers, crisis assistance and support housing staff, social and community services workers and family day care scheme workers who fall under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 [MA000100] (SCHADS Award).

If the case succeeds, the FWC will amend these awards to enable wages across the aged care sector to increase. The outcome from any decision will impact on employers in the social and community services sector that employ aged care workers depending on the classification levels of relevant employees under the applicable modern award.

In general, it is predicted that the minimum wage in aged care may rise by at least $5.00 an hour. This application is listed for oral hearing initially before the FWC on 6 and 7 July 2022.

This information is provided by Jobs Australia to inform Members about this matter and provide awareness of the likely outcomes of the case. Jobs Australia will provide further updates as this matter proceeds over time before the Commission.