Change Aged Care

Aged care professionals deserve more than the scraps. They deserve a decent pay rise and we are going to fight for fair wages in aged care.

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Aged Care is an Australian Issue

It affects Australians everywhere. From workers, to residents, to family members. Earlier this year, the HSU launched its Change Aged Care campaign, advocating for the Government to fix aged care once and for all. The campaign was multi-faceted, offering the perspective of different Australians and their experience with the aged care system.

Thus far, hundreds of thousands of people have interacted with the Change Aged Care campaign, including senior Members of Parliament. The support that has been received is heart-warming and gives us hope campaigning in the future. Aged care members: this success belongs to you.

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The HSU Work Value Case

In November 2020, the HSU launched a work value case in the Fair Work Commission.

Our application is seeking to increase the rates of pay for all aged care workers covered by the Aged Care Award by 25% – this is the next step in our fight for 25. You can read more about the work value case here. 

It is time the Federal Government and aged care employers come to the table, and they will do so in the Fair Work Commission.

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The Federal Government has Failed to Deliver

$17.7 billion over 5 years is not the same as $10 billion every year.

The 2021/2022 budget was supposed to be the budget to fix aged care. This was the budget that we had been told would address the Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations, a once in a generation reform.

The Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendations would cost $10 billion per year. The Federal Government has delivered less than half that amount, instead announcing $17.7 billion over 5 years.

This budget didn’t go far enough, and we didn’t see:

  • Support for the HSU Work Value Case in increase wages for the hundreds of thousands of aged care workers who have been undervalued
  • Support for secure, permanent employment
  • Minimum qualifications and recognition of the skilled aged care workforce
  • A sustainable funding model
  • Transparency on every dollar spent in aged care

Change Aged Care Videos

Aged care affects everyone- the workers, residents and their families.

The HSU produced a series of short videos as part of the Change Aged Care campaign, about the aged care system from each of these three perspectives.