Western Australian Social and Community Services Providers

Two workplace relations systems operate in WA: the Western Australian State workplace relations system and the national workplace relations system.

The separate systems meant not all WA service providers were eligible to receive the wage increases handed down by Fair Work Commission, and had not previously been offered Commonwealth SACS supplementation to assist them in meeting the higher wage costs.

However, the WA Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) decision on 29 August 2013 to increase wages for workers employed under the Social and Community Services (Western Australia) Interim Award 2011 and Crisis Assistance and Supported Housing Industry – WA Interim Award 2010 mirrors the wage increases of employees in the national workplace relations system.

The Commonwealth Government has provided over $97 million in supplementation to eligible service providers affected by the 29 August 2013 Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission decision to increase wages for workers employed under the:

  • Social and Community Services (Western Australia) Interim Award 2011
  • Crisis Assistance and Supported Housing Industry – WA Interim Award 2010.

The decision brings WA workers’ wages in line with those employed by the SACS Modern Award 2010.

Supplementation has been offered to service providers delivering Commonwealth in-scope programmes using the same formula to provide funding for the SACS Modern Award 2010 wage increases.

Service providers that receive funding through in-scope Commonwealth-State Agreements also receive supplementation.

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