After a tireless campaign, ADHSU members under the Paramedics Award have achieved a historic pay rise at the end of 2023.
As per the new award, a backpay of 4 per cent will be paid for every shift worked between July 1 and December 31, 2023, inclusive.
Since January 1, 2024, the new rates have been in force and are applicable, however there has been a delay as payroll catches up with this massive change. While there is little that can be done to speed up this process, this delay provides a clear example of the necessity for better staffing levels within HealthShare Payroll.
Additionally, some members have raised that the new Award is for a tenure of three years, not the four years that was voted on and accepted by members. Due to the nature of industrial awards in NSW, an award cannot cover a period of more than three years. This means the final 2 per cent, which was promised for the 2026-2027 financial year, is not written into the Paramedics Award. Despite this, there is a memorandum of understanding between the NSW Health Secretary and the ADHSU that there will be a pay increase of at least 2 per cent between 2026-2027. Paramedic members can expect to receive at least a 2 per cent pay rise when the current Award expires in 2026.
During this time of changing financial entitlements, delegates urge all members to be vigilant and to check for any payroll errors, particularly when backpay and the new rates are rolled out. Ensuring all overtime and penalties have been correctly paid is essential during changes of this calibre. After such a long campaign, members deserve the pay rise we fought so hard for.