Bupa welcomes Fair Work Commission’s interim decision on aged care wages

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Bupa says it welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s interim decision to provide a 15 per cent pay increase for most aged care workers.

The company that operates more than 50 aged care homes said the decision represents a $4 per hour increase for the average carer.

It said it represents an important first step towards recognition of the critical role of the aged care workforce in caring for seniors.

"We hope this is implemented expeditiously and that it is lifted further in the Commission’s final decision," it said.

However, it also said that many of people working in the aged care sector are not eligible for the increase, including chefs, cooks, lifestyle coordinators, and other administrative and support staff.

"We call on the Commission to include all aged care workers – not only carers and nurses – in their final decision," it said.

"As the Government has recognised, addressing the significant workforce shortage today and making a career in aged care attractive for the next generation requires a broad suite of reforms and Bupa would welcome the opportunity to contribute," added the company.