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Pay boost in aged care tempts disability workers to switch

Luke Grant

The prospect of higher pay in aged care has led to an increase in frontline disability sector workers considering a shift to aged care.

Historically, disability support wages have been 25% higher than aged care pay, but this gap will narrow starting July 1 due to a 15% wage rise resulting from the aged care work value case and this year’s increase in award wages.

According to a new NDS Workforce Census report, the conditions in the disability sector have stabilized, but there is still an undersupply of workers and a high turnover rate. The proportion of casual employees has also risen from 31% to 39% since 2020.

Clinton Maynard speaks with National Disability Services CEO Laurie Leigh, who believes that the recent pay rises in aged care have influenced disability sector workers to consider switching to aged care.

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