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COTA leads consumer support for 25% pay raise for aged care workers

Last updated: October 7, 2021
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  • October 7, 2021

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia is leading the aged care consumer sector in backing claims for a 25% pay boost for aged care workers, releasing a formal statement of support today as the country celebrates Thank You for Working in Aged Care Day.

In a public statement endorsed by Carers Australia, Elder Abuse Action Australia, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, National Seniors Australia and the Older Persons Advocacy Network, COTA’s says the claim for a 25% increase in the various aged care award wages currently being considered by the Fair Work Commission sets the bar if Australia is serious about building a safe, secure, respectful and rights-based aged care system.

“The fact that aged care workers are currently paid significantly less than people working in equivalent jobs in other industries is a real risk to older Australians,” says COTA Chief Executive Ian Yates.