Wage changes in QLD social and community services

There are new wages for some social and community services (SACS) employers in Queensland. They may also need to pay employees back pay.

These changes, made in the new Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1) (the Regulation), start on 1 March 2012.

The new rates of pay are in a schedule to the Regulation, available below.

Employers who this applies to

The Regulation covers employers that:

  • were not constitutional corporations (essentially in this sector this means that they were not ‘trading’ corporations) immediately before 1 January 2010
  • were covered by a federal transitional award immediately before 1 January 2010
  • are covered by the Social, Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (the modern award) from 1 January 2010, and
  • received money from the Queensland Government following the QIRC Order of 12 June 2009, for employees in the SACS sector.

Back pay

These employers will also have to pay their employees back pay to 27 March 2011. You will find a spreadsheet below to help calculate back pay. If you have trouble accessing this spreadsheet, please contact our specialist advice line on 1300 734 322.

Government funding

The Government has committed $30 million to help eligible employers meet their back pay obligations. See the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) funding fact sheet below for information about timing and eligibility.

If you are eligible for funding, please complete the DEEWR funding form below and send it to DEEWR by 24 February 2012.

For more information and to discuss this with an advisor, contact our specialist advice line on 1300 734 322.

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Page last updated: 15 Feb 2012