On 21 February the Fair Work Commission announced that the stage 1 increase in the ANMF’s work aged care value case will be a 15% increase in the Award rate from 30 June 2023.
Does that mean I get a 15% wage increase?
For most members, no, as you are already being paid above the award rate via an enterprise agreement. The minimum hourly rate will become:
- Personal Care Worker Grade 1 $27.11 per hour
- Personal Care Worker Grade 2 $28.14 per hour (holds a relevant Certificate 3 qualification or possesses equivalent knowledge and skills)
- Enrolled Nurse (with 4 years’ experience) $30.51 per hour
- Registered Nurse Grade 2 with 5 years’ experience $36.34 per hour
- Nurse Unit Manager or similar $43.77 per hour
The award classification examples (above) may differ slightly between employers as set out in the enterprise agreement. However, the award rate must be paid as a minimum. If you take Blue Cross as an example:
- a PCA with a Cert III, in the Blue Cross EBA, is at WSG 6, which attracts hourly rates of between $25.85 to $26.48 depending on years of experience. The new minimum hourly rate would be $28.14, an increase of $1.66 per hour for someone on the current top rate, about a 6.3% wage increase.
- an EN at Pay Point 8 is currently on $31.05 per hour, the new minimum would be $30.51, so an EN would stay on the superior EBA rate.
Further updates will be provided as the case proceeds.