26 September 2023

Public sector gets pay rise and a bonus

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The Western Australian Public Sector is to receive a new wages policy including a three per cent pay increase each year for two years as well a sector wide, one-off $2,500 cost-of-living payment where an agreement has been reached.

The changes are to take immediate effect for industrial agreement offers that have already been accepted.

According to Premier Mark McGowan a Level Three Patient Care Assistant earning $55,322 would receive the equivalent of a 7.5 per cent increase in the first year, inclusive of the one-off cost-of-living payment.

“Part-time and casual public sector workers under the policy will also receive the same wage increases and a pro-rata cost-of-living payment,” Mr McGowan said.

“The changes will benefit more than 150,000 public sector workers and are expected to cost $634 million over the next four years, bringing the total wages policy to $2.54 billion over the next four years,” Mr McGowan said.

“Workers covered by industrial agreements that have already been accepted based on the original policy announced in December 2021 will receive the difference and have the $2,500 cost of living payment paid in coming weeks.”

He said this meant teachers, doctors and transit guards would receive the $2,500 payment very shortly, in addition to the new increase in wages.

“WA public sector workers will also benefit from the 0.5 per cent superannuation guarantee increase per annum, on top of the three per cent annual wage increase,” the Premier said.

“Our public sector workers deserve this wage increase, and I am glad we can deliver it responsibly given our strong Budget management,” Mr McGowan said.

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