The ACT reached an agreement with the Australian Government in regards to the funding for the territory’s Social and Community Services workers.
The Federal Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, said she was pleased the ACT Government had accepted the Commonwealth’s offer of $25 million over the nine year phase-in period to 2020-21.
“The ACT Government was quick to commit its support to the equal pay case back in 2011 so it is particularly pleasing that it is also leading the way by becoming the second state or territory to sign up to this historic reform,” Ms Collins said.
“As a result of the agreement, SACS workers in the ACT – like their counterparts in South Australia – will have the security of knowing their employers are being supported to deliver these pay rises.
“The agreement represents the Commonwealth’s fair share of the pay rises and includes conditions focused on guaranteeing these funds will be used to help the sector meet the costs of the pay increases.”