QLD Pay Equity Order

There are special pay rates for some social and community services and crisis assistance employees in Queensland. This is because of pay equity regulations made in March and December 2012.

These pay rates can be found in the Queensland SACS Wage Table. This table is updated on 1 July each year.

Which employers do the regulations apply to?

Employers covered by these regulations are non-constitutional corporations that existed immediately before 1 January 2010. These employers are now covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award external-icon.png

These employers are divided into 2 groups - AT employers and Div 2B employers.

AT employers are employers who, immediately before 1 January 2010, were in the social and community services industry. These employers received funding from the Queensland Government in relation to the 2009 Queensland Industrial Relations Commission Order.

AT employers would have applied either the:

Div 2B employers are employers that applied:

What do AT employers need to do?

AT employers need to pay employees the relevant pay rate from the Queensland SACS Wage Table. They needed to start paying rates from this table in March 2012.

They also need to give back pay to all employees who worked for them between 27 March 2011 and 29 February 2012. 

The Back Pay Calculator can be used to calculate how much employees are owed.

What do Div 2B employers need to do?

Div 2B employers need to pay employees the relevant pay rate from the Queensland SACS Wage Table. They needed to start paying rates from this table in December 2012.

How does the Equal Remuneration Order apply?

Employers covered by these regulations are also covered by the Equal Remuneration Order external-icon.png (ERO) if they are in the social and community services or crisis accommodation streams of the Social and Community Services award. Pay rates in the ERO only apply if they are higher than the rates that are currently being paid. From 1 December 2012 - 1 July 2015 the ERO rates are lower than those in the Queensland SACS Wage Table. This means pay rates come from the Queensland SACS Wage Table, not the ERO.

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