Social & community services industry pay rates

Use our Pay Calculator to calculate rates in the social and community services industry, including any Equal Remuneration Order increases or Queensland pay equity order rates. You can also use our Pay Guides for a summary of rates, penalties and allowances.

Equal Remuneration Order

Pay rates for some employees in the social and community services industry are gradually increasing under the Equal Remuneration Order external-icon.png 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 pay rates also apply to employees who work in these streams on an on-hire basis.

Pay rates in the Social and Community Services Award 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.

Queensland pay equity order

There are also 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.

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.

Employers covered by these regulations are also covered by the Equal Remuneration Order if they're in the social and community services or crisis accommodation streams of the Social and Community Services Award. The higher of the 2 rates will apply.

Our Pay Calculator will determine the rate that applies.

Pay guides

We've recently reviewed the pay rates for some employees covered by the Social and Community Services Award. This review has resulted in a number of rates being amended. Please check the rates in the pay guides below as they may have changed. You can use these pay guides for a summary of rates, penalties and allowances transitioning from the pre-modern awards below:

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