Fair Work decision recognises the importance of aged care workers

Anglicare Australia has welcomed the weekend’s Fair Work Commission decision to award a pay increase to aged care workers.

“Everyone deserves quality care as they get older. All of us should be able to get quality care, with dignity, when we need it. The only way to deliver that care is with a strong workforce,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

“A strong workforce is well trained and skilled. Wages must reflect this.

“That’s why this decision is an important step for the sector – and the older Australians who rely on us for care.

“Aged care workers across the country will be applauding this news, which will make the workforce stronger and help it support older people.

“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. Most of the beneficiaries of today’s decision will be women.

“Now we need to ensure that the Government stands by its commitment to fund these pay increases. “Anglicare Australia will keep working with the Government to make sure we have a strong workforce – and that Australians get the care they deserve,” Ms Chambers said.