1 July 2022 changes to Social, Community, Home care & Disability Services Award

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Published 1 February 2022 | Updated 23 June 2022

Find out more about upcoming changes to part-time employee and other entitlements under the Social, Community, Home care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award.

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Minimum payments for some casuals

From the first pay period starting on or after 1 July 2022, the minimum payment for casual home care employees increases from 1 hour to 2 hours.

Casual employees can work for more than 1 client during their minimum payment period.

Minimum payments for part-time employees

From the first pay period starting on or after 1 July 2022, part-time employees will need to be paid for the following minimum hours for each shift or work period in a broken shift:

  • social and community services employees (except when doing disability services work) – 3 hours
  • social and community services employees doing disability services work – 2 hours
  • all other employees – 2 hours.

The requirement to be paid for these minimum number of hours is called a ‘minimum payment’.

Part-time employees can work for more than 1 client during their minimum payment period.

This is a new entitlement for part-time employees. Until 1 July, there is no minimum payment for part-time employees under the SCHADS Award.

Consultation requirements for different arrangements

Until 1 July 2022, employers and employees can agree that an employee will work shifts or periods of work in broken shifts that are less than the new minimum payments.

If an employer and an employee made this kind of agreement before 1 February 2022, they need to:

  • discuss the new minimum payment requirements
  • genuinely try to reach an agreement on a variation to the employee’s current hours of work that’s consistent with the new minimum payments and suits the employee’s circumstances.

If an employer and employee have discussed the agreement but can’t agree on a change, the employer can vary the agreement to meet the new minimum payments by giving the employee 42 days’ written notice of the change. This variation can’t start before 1 July.

These consultation requirements don’t stop an employer and an employee from agreeing to other changes to the agreement that are consistent with award provisions.

How the minimum payment changes work

Learn more about the new provisions below:

Broken shifts and broken shift allowances

A broken shift is a shift that is broken into 2 or more parts by an unpaid break (or breaks), in a 12 hour period. For example, a broken shift could involve someone working for 2 hours followed by a 2 hour break, then working 3 hours. A meal break doesn’t break a shift. 

From the first pay period starting after 1 July 2022, there are 2 broken shift allowances for social and community services employees when undertaking disability services work and for home care employees. The broken shift allowance will differ depending on whether the employee has 1 or 2 unpaid breaks in their broken shift. The number of unpaid breaks will determine the amount of the allowance.

An employer can roster an employee on a broken shift with 2 periods of work and 1 unpaid break. An employer and employee can agree that a broken shift will be worked with 3 periods of work and 2 unpaid breaks.

If an employee is required to work a broken shift, the minimum payment will apply for each period of work during that broken shift. The minimum payment period applies to all periods of work in a broken shift for both part-time and casual employees.

Example: Broken shifts from 1 July 2022

Jasmine is a part-time social and community services employee who performs disability services work. She is covered by the SCHADS Award. Jasmine is rostered for a broken shift to be worked in two parts in the morning and afternoon.

Jasmine works with her first client, Luca, for 90 minutes in the morning. She must be paid a minimum of 2 hours for this part of her broken shift to satisfy the new minimum payment requirement.

Jasmine has a 3 hour break before she sees her second client, Anthony. Jasmine works with Anthony for 2 hours in the afternoon and is paid for 2 hours.

Jasmine will be entitled to a broken shift allowance as she is working a broken shift.

Client cancellation

A client cancellation is when a client cancels a scheduled home care or disability service:

  • within 7 days of the service
  • where a full-time or part-time employee was rostered to provide the service.

This includes when a service is rescheduled by the client.

When a service is cancelled, the employer can either:

  • direct the employee to perform other work during those hours
  • cancel the whole shift, or
  • cancel the affected part of the shift.

If a shift is cancelled, the employer has to either:

  • pay the employee the amount they would have been paid if they had worked, or
  • provide the employee with make-up time (the same amount of hours of work at another time).

Make-up time

An employer can only provide an employee with make-up time if they give at least 12 hours’ notice of the cancellation of the original shift. If the employer doesn’t give this notice, the employee will still be paid for their hours.

Employers who elect to provide employees with make-up time must give at least 7 days’ notice for the new shift. This can be less if the employer and the employee agree. Employers also have to consult with employees in accordance with the consultation provisions in the SCHADS Award.

Make-up time has to be worked by the employee within 6 weeks of the cancelled service.

Make-up time can be worked with clients other than the client who cancelled the original service or in other areas of the employer’s business provided the employee has the skills necessary to perform the work.

Example: Cancelled shifts from 1 July 2022

Leo is a part-time home care employee. He is covered by the SCHADS Award.

Leo has 2 shifts scheduled with a client for the next week. One shift is scheduled for 8am Monday and one for 8am on Tuesday, each for 3 hours.

On Sunday night at 9pm, Leo’s employer calls him saying his shifts for the next 2 days have been cancelled by the client.

As there is less than 12 hours before the Monday morning shift, Leo will still be paid for 3 hours for the Monday shift even though he will not be working.

The employer asks Leo if he’d like to work make-up time for his Tuesday shift on Wednesday with a different client. Leo says he is happy to work make-up time the following Wednesday.

There is no payment for Leo’s Tuesday shift as it has been cancelled more than 12 hours in advance and he was given more than 7 days’ notice for the make-up time.

Travelling between clients

Part-time and casual employees can work for more than 1 client during their minimum payment period.

The time a part-time or casual employee spends travelling between clients during the relevant minimum payment period is counted as time worked and paid.

The travel provisions of the SCHADS Award still apply. Read more about travel entitlements on our Uniforms, vehicle and travel entitlements page. Simply select ‘Social, community, disability and home care services’ in the industry filter menu.

Shift locations

Shifts don’t need to be worked in a single location or with a single client.

The minimum payment applies once per period of work for employees who work at multiple locations. Travel time within the minimum payment period is considered as time worked and paid.

Example: Home care work from 1 July 2022

John is a part-time home care worker covered by the SCHADS Award who visits 2 clients during his shift.

John works with his first client, Petros, for 1 hour. He then drives 20 minutes to his second client, Annie, and cares for her for 40 minutes.

As John has spent time travelling during the minimum payment period, he is paid for this time and for the 2 periods of work completed. This is a total of 2 hours work (1 hour plus 20 minutes plus 40 minutes), which meets the new minimum payment requirement.

Damaged clothing and laundry allowances

Employers will be required to cover reasonable costs associated with repairing or replacing an employee’s personal clothing. This applies to personal clothing that is soiled or damaged beyond repair while the employee is performing their duties, except for normal wear and tear.

A laundry allowance may also be payable for soiled clothing.

You can find more information on existing uniform entitlements under the SCHADS Award at Uniforms, vehicle and travel entitlements. From 1 July, we’ll have more detailed information on this page on the new award uniform entitlements.

Overtime for part-time and casual employees

The changes to the SCHADS Award clarify that part-time and casual employees who work hours outside the span of hours are entitled to overtime.

This overtime is paid at 150% for the first 2 hours and 200% thereafter on Monday to Saturday.

On Sundays, all overtime outside the span of hours is paid at 200%.

Enterprise agreements

If an employer and employee are covered by a current registered or enterprise agreement, these new provisions generally won’t apply to them. This is because they are new provisions for employees covered by the SCHADS Award.

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Remote work

New entitlements will apply from the first full pay period after 1 July 2022 to employees who perform remote work (as defined in the SCHADS Award).

An employee who is directed by their employer to be on-call to perform work may be engaged in remote work. Employees may also be required to perform remote work when they are not on call if needed.

Remote work is work performed by the employee that is:

  • not part of their ordinary hours
  • not additional hours worked by a part-time employee or overtime after a regular shift
  • not required to be performed in the designated workplace.

Remote work will be paid at the employee’s minimum rate of pay unless the remote work attracts one of the following penalty rates:

Hours of work Full-time and part-time Casual

Between the hours of 6am and 8pm

100% 125%
Outside the span of hours (Between 8pm and 6am) 150% for the first 2 hours and 200% thereafter 175% for the first 2 hours and 225% thereafter
More than 10 remote hours per day 150% for the first 2 hours and 200% thereafter 175% for the first 2 hours and 225% thereafter
Saturday 150% 175%
Sunday 200% 225%
Public holiday 250% 275%

The minimum payment for performing remote work is:

  • 15 minutes when employee is on call between 6am and 10pm
  • 30 minutes when employee is on call between 10pm and 6am
  • 1 hour when employee is required to work and was not on call
  • 1 hour when participating remotely in team meetings or training.

Any time worked continuously beyond the minimum payments above has to be rounded and paid up to the nearest 15 minutes.

When an employee is required to work remotely multiple times in one day, the minimum payment will apply on each occasion.

Example: Remote work from 1 July 2022

Katie is a disability services support worker covered by the SCHADS Award.

Katie is a part-time employee who normally works Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Katie’s employer contacts her and directs her to be on call for the following day – Wednesday between 2pm and 12am. She will be entitled to the on call allowance.

On Wednesday, Katie receives a call from another disability care worker at a client’s home, and provides some assistance to that worker from a remote location for 30 minutes, between 3pm and 4pm. As this call is during the span of hours, it is paid at Katie’s normal rate and meets the minimum payment of 15 minutes.

Later that night, Katie gets another call at 11pm about a different client. This job doesn’t take very long and Katie is able to complete it within 20 minutes. As the job was between 10pm and 6am, Katie will receive the minimum payment of 30 minutes. Because this call is outside the span of hours, it will be paid at 150% of her normal rate.

More information

Workplace information

We have existing information for employers and employees covered by the SCHADS Award on topics such as:

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Decision

You can read the FWC decision external-icon.png and final determination external-icon.png about these changes on the Fair Work Commission’s website.

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