Important aged care updates
Thanks to the QNMU and ANMF's continued campaign to fix aged care over many years, some important changes are
happening in the sector.
A pay rise for all aged care nurses and carers:
Thanks to the ANMF and the QNMU's case in the Fair Work Commission, Awards in aged care increased by 15% from 30 June 2023. Providers received enough funding from the Federal Government to also give direct care workers who are paid above Award rates a pay increase that was equal to 15% of their applicable Award rate. In other words, all aged care nurses and carers received a significant pay rise in 2023!
RN 24/7, minimum care minutes and funding transparency become law:
The Federal Government’s ‘Implementing Care Bill’ is now law, and legislates for:
- Registered Nurses 24/7 from 1 July 2023
- Mandated 200 minimum care minutes from 1 October 2023
- Financial transparency and accountability on public funding.
Fixing aged care isn’t going to happen overnight. One person can’t fix this, but a united and organised aged care workforce can.
When workers have the backing of strong and effective unions, they can be confident to call out the problems and drive the change that’s needed to deliver quality care to every resident. With better training, support and protection when they speak the truth, aged care nurses and carers can ensure aged care facilities are meeting quality standards.
Together, we can keep aged care providers accountable and ensure every elderly person receives the care they need.
If you're not already, join the QNMU today and be part of Queensland's largest union for aged care nurses and carers.