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Social & Communities June 19, 2020

An Appeal Bench of the Fair Work Commission has confirmed that the sort of work done by Youth Workers at Safe Places for Children should be at least level 2 under the Social Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award Housing.

The decision comes after years of disagreement between Safe Places for Children and our Union, about the appropriate classification level to recognise the important work Youth Workers perform.

Our Union has always been certain that your work has been undervalued and when we became aware that Safe Places for Children were only paying a wage that was equivalent to level 1 of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (‘the Award’), we took action.

You will all be aware of how hard fought this matter has been and while this is a major achievement for our members, there is still plenty of work to do. Our Union had argued for a higher classification level and there is scope to continue our campaign for proper recognition of the work you do.

We will arrange a meeting of members over the next few weeks to talk about next steps and what all this means for you. There is no way an individual employee could have either run this case on their own or funded someone else to run it. Only a Union committed to ensuring that Community Services workers are properly paid can deliver for Safe Places employees.

There’s never been a better time to join the Services Union.  Having our Union by your side will give you the reassurance you need at work.  For more information about how to join or the outcome of this decision please contact Organiser Stuart Maggs 0439 713 803 or via


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