Here are some examples of what the pay equity settlement means for workers on the minimum wage and the three different areas of the workforce affected by today’s announcement.

Minimum Wage: Elizabeth is an aged residential care worker on the minimum wage of $15.75 per hour. She has three years’ experience. On 1 July 2017 her rate will increase by 27 per cent to $20 per hour, and progressively increase to $23 per hour by 1 July 2021, a 46 percent increase overall. If she attains a Level 3 qualification, her rate would increase to $25 per hour in 2021, a 58.7 percent overall increase. This means her take home pay would increase by around $140 a week, or $7,000 a year from 1 July 2017.

Home and Community Support Services: Susan has three years of experience and a Level 3 care and support qualification. She is currently paid $16.22 an hour. Based on the proposed rates, her pay would increase by 29.4 per cent on 1 July 2017 to $21 an hour. She would also receive increases over the next four years to reach $25 an hour on 1 July 2021 if she stayed a Level 3 caregiver. This means her take home pay would increase by around $155 a week, or $8,000 a year from 1 July 2017.

Aged Residential Care: Joy is on an average pay rate of $16.65, with a Level 2 care and support qualification. Based on the rates proposed, her pay would increase by 20 per cent to $20 per hour from 1 July 2017. The ongoing increases planned for the next four years would see her hourly rate rise to $23 by 1 July 2021 (an increase of 38.1 per cent on her pre-settlement rate). This means her take home pay would increase by around $110 a week, or $5,500 a year from 1 July 2017.

Community and Residential Living: Ngaire is on the average disability support worker pay rate of $17.72, with a Level 2 care and support qualification. She has eight years of experience. Under the rates proposed, her hourly rate would rise by 18.5 per cent to $21 an hour on 1 July 2017. Ngaire would also receive ongoing increases over the next four years to take her up to $26 an hour by 1 July 2021. If she gained a Level 3 qualification, she would not receive an increased wage rate, as the transition rate recognises her skills and experience. But if she went on to gain a Level 4 qualification, and role, her rate would rise to $27 by 2021. This means her take home pay would increase by around $110 a week, or $5,500 a year from 1 July 2017.

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