Pay Equity Project

Background

In March 2010, unions representing social and community sector and disability workers lodged an application for an equal remuneration order with Fair Work Australia (FWA). The application aims to increase the pay of workers covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Industry Award (formerly SACS award).

In conjunction with this application for pay equity is the Vital Services, Decent Pay Campaign. The campaign supports the principle of pay equity and calls on state and federal governments and non-government funders to commit to providing new and full funding of any increases awarded by FWA.

QCOSS Work

The Australian Council for Social Service Inc (ACOSS), together with QCOSS and our state counterparts, employer associations and unions is currently coordinating this campaign for pay equity and funding to match.This includes providing all the necessary evidence to the FWA case to try and ensure that it is at least equivalent to the Queensland Award.

QCOSS has also collated and developed information, tools and resources to assist the community sector to contribute to the campaign and manage the implications of the case. These are hosted on www.communitydoor.org.au and can be accessed by the links below:

Fair Work Australia Equal Remuneration Case

Campaigning Materials

Industrial Relations Information

Management Resources

If you would like to receive news on the case and complementary campaign for funding you can also join the Community Door Pay Equity Network Space.

QCOSS is also involved in a project to provide support to organisations listed in the Federal Government's Pay Equity Regulation. For information on the regulation and support available visit http://communitydoor.org.au/industrial-relations/pay-equity-regulation.

There is not equal remuneration for men and women workers for work of equal or comparable value by comparison with workers in state and local government employment - Fair Work Australia decision, 16 May 2011.