Aged Care Work Value case – The aged care sector stakeholder consensus statement

31 March 2022

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety found that wages and conditions in the aged care sector need to improve to ensure attraction and retention of a suitably skilled and qualified workforce.

In addition to recommending that unions bring work value applications in the Fair Work Commission, the Royal Commission also recommended the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) lead the Australian government and the aged care sector to a consensus to support those applications.

The ANMF and other aged care sector unions have upheld their end of the bargain. Three applications are now on foot to increase wages by 25% for aged care workers, covered by the three aged care related awards, including the Nurses Award. In conjunction with making the applications, we requested ACWIC to act on the recommendation to help parties reach any consensus positions that would support the Work Value case.

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