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SCHADS ERO December 1 Award Wage Increase


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From the first full pay period on or after tomorrow, those classified as Residential/Support Services Workers and Attendant Carers in under the SCHADS award will receive the Equal Remuneration Order wage increase!

This pay rise is a result of the historic Equal Remuneration Order (ERO), which came out of the 2012 Equal Pay Case won by HACSU and other unions.

The ERO provides ongoing pay increases on 1 December, every year from 2011 until 2019. These increases are on top of annual minimum wage increases on 1 July. Over the life of the ERO, members will receive increases between 23% and 45%.

The total average amount in dollar terms (excluding overtime and penalty rates) over the full implementation period is between $15,000 and $20,000 for the average full time non-government disability worker.

The ERO increases were won by HACSU members, joining with members from other unions, in a long-running case argued in the Fair Work Commission. 

HACSU members are continuing to bargain with individual employers for increases over and above the ERO minimums; we need every member to be an active voice in our campaigns to ensure we continue to win better conditions!

Any members who do not see pay increases in the pay period on or after December 1 should query this with their payroll officer. If members are not satisfied they have received the increase please contact HACSU Assist on 1300 651 931 or

The attached charts detail increases to the minimum award rates for staff classified as Attendant Carer and Residential/Support Services Workers. These rates are per the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Award.  

To download or print a copy of these charts, please click here for Attendant Carer OR click here for Residential/Support Services Worker.

SCHADS December Increase RESI 2018
Dec ERO Increase Attendant Carers 2018