Aged care wage win sparks training empowerment

Following the groundbreaking decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to grant aged care workers a substantial wage increase of up to 28.5 per cent, Brighten Institute Australia (BIA) reiterates its commitment to empowering the aged care workforce through comprehensive training and certification programs. 

The long-awaited victory for aged care workers follows years of advocacy by the Health Services Union (HSU), culminating in a significant win that addresses the historical undervaluation of work in the sector. The FWC’s decision acknowledges the growing complexity of aged care roles and the predominantly female workforce, signalling a pivotal moment for pay equity and recognition. 

“This historic improvement will usher in a new era of decency and dignity in our aged care homes,” remarked Gerard Hayes, HSU National President. “For too long, these dedicated individuals have been undervalued and underpaid. Today, they have achieved a significant victory for wage justice.” 

The wage increase, ranging between 18 and 28 per cent for direct care workers, including personal care attendants and nurses, is a testament to the invaluable contribution of these frontline workers to the well-being of elderly Australians. This increase recognises their hard work and enhances their economic security, bringing hope for a better future. Additionally, support service workers, such as laundry personnel, cleaners, and food service assistants, are set to benefit from a 6.8 per cent increase, further bolstering their role within the aged care ecosystem. 

BIA is ready to equip professionals with the necessary skills and qualifications as the aged care sector undergoes transformational change. With a heightened focus on quality and workforce sustainability, the institute specialises in certificate courses for Aged Care and Disability Support. It empowers individuals to excel while ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations. 

Catherine Nam, Managing Director of BIA , stated, “Our mission is to empower aged care workers with the knowledge and expertise needed to deliver exceptional care to our elderly population.” “We applaud the dedication and resilience of aged care professionals and remain committed to supporting their professional development journey.” 

The wage increase, a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, underscores the imperative of investing in the aged care workforce to uphold standards of care and dignity for elderly Australians. With ongoing reforms and initiatives to enhance the sector’s resilience, BIA continues to serve as a trusted partner in nurturing a skilled and compassionate aged care workforce. 

BIA offers a range of comprehensive certificate courses tailored to meet evolving workforce demands for individuals seeking to advance their careers in aged care or upskill in response to industry changes. To learn more about enrollment and training opportunities, please email at 

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