National Case Background

On 1 February 2012, Fair Work Australia (FWA) made a historic decision to increase wages in the social and community services sector from 1 December 2012.

This decision affects workers who are employed under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SACS Modern Award). Specifically, the decision affects those workers classified under the following Schedules:

  • Schedule B – Classification Definitions - Social and Community Services Employees; and
  • Schedule C – Classification Definitions - Crisis Accommodation Employees

To find out whether you or your staff are covered by the FWA decision, you can view the pdf logoSocial, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 [PDF 724kb] from Fair Work Australia.

The Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) handed down by FWA on 22 June 2012 determines how these pay increases will be introduced. If this applies to you or your employees, you may be interested in using the Fair Work Ombudsman’s online SACS calculator.

The Australian Government’s commitment

The Australian Government is committed to paying supplementation to organisations that deliver in-scope Commonwealth programs, as well as  its share of the increases to organisations who deliver in-scope programs through Commonwealth-State Agreements.
To pay its share of the wage increases, the Australian Government created the Social and Community Services Pay Equity Special Account. This Special Account locks in $2.8 billion to be used for supplementation payments to eligible organisations, so they can provide their workers with the increased equal pay to 30 June 2021.

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