Social & community services industry pay rates

Equal Remuneration Order

Pay rates for some employees in the social and community services industry are gradually increasing under the Equal Remuneration Order made by the Fair Work Commission. The increase will apply in full by 2020.

This applies to the following streams under the Social and Community Services Award:

  • social and community services stream
  • crisis accommodation stream.

These rates of pay also apply to employees who work in these streams on an on-hire basis.

Equal Remuneration Calculator

Use the Equal Remuneration Calculator (XLSX 179.9KB) to find rates for employees covered by the Equal Remuneration Order.

Rates of pay in the Equal Remuneration Calculator are adjusted twice a year:

  • 1 July – following the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review
  • 1 December – an increase that comes from the Equal Remuneration Order.

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Social and community services and crisis accommodation pay guides

You can also use the pay guides below for a summary of current pay rates that are transitioning from the following pre-modern award:

Penalty rates, loadings and overtime

The Equal Remuneration Calculator also has rates of pay for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The base pay rates can be used to calculate shift allowances, loadings and penalty rates from the Social and Community Services Award. 

To find overtime, go to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 [MA000100] clause 28 external-icon.png.

Family day care and home care?

Employees who are in the family day care and home care streams are not covered by the Equal Remuneration Order. Use the Social and Community Services pay guide (DOCX 89.4KB) (PDF 206.7KB) for a summary of current pay rates.

These pay rates can also be found in clauses 16 and 17 of the Social and Community Services Award external-icon.png.

If you're not sure which stream applies, see clause 4 and schedules B - E of the Social and Community Services Award.

Queensland employers and employees

There are special rates of pay that apply to some Queensland employers and employees. To find out more visit Queensland pay equity order.

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