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Wage Increases for Social and Community Service Workers

Thu 17 May 2012

Cassy O'Connor

Minister for Community Development

The importance of Tasmania's community sector staff has been recognised in the 2012-13 State Budget, with additional funding to go towards workers' wage rises, the Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor, said.

The Budget includes a provision of $3 million in 2012-13 in response to the equal remuneration case lodged in 2010 and which saw Fair Work Australia order wage increases for an estimated 140,000 workers across Australia.

"There is no doubt the many thousands of Tasmanian community and social workers do an incredible job in assisting some of our most disadvantaged citizens," Ms O'Connor said.

"The Fair Work Australia decision has recognised their professional and skilled services, as well as their dedication to helping others.

"At a State level, the Department of Health and Human Services has already done considerable work to gauge the implications of the Fair Work Australia decision."

Ms O'Connor said that over the forward estimates, the State Budget allocation would increase to $12 million in 2015-16, with the first stage of the increases starting from December 1st this year.

"Today's announcement is a sizable allocation towards the increase over the next four years," Ms O'Connor said.
"My Department will work with community sector organisations over the coming months to determine how these funds will be distributed in time for the first payment in December.

"We will also continue our discussion with the Australian Government to honour their commitment of funding their share of the Fair Work Australia Equal Remuneration Order."

Wage Increases for Social and Community Service Workers