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Safe Places For Children – Where’s The Money?

Social & Communities July 30, 2020

The frontline work you do or have done at Safe Places for Children supports some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Your work in helping young people is extremely important and that is why you deserve to be paid properly!

The Services Union is with you every step of the way and will stand up for your rights.

Member Meeting – 29 July 2020.

Yesterday, members of our Union met to discuss the recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) Decision for one of your colleagues.

The Decision relates to the reconciliation of wages under the Safe Places for Children Enterprise Agreement 2013 when compared to the Social and Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award 2010 – which resulted in your colleague receiving back pay in excess of $20,000 over the duration of the proceedings.

As a result of the action taken by your colleague, your employer increased the classification rate for youth workers employed at Level 1 to Level 2 from 1 July 2018.  Whilst this did deliver an increase in pay for members it isn’t enough!

The FWC determined that the work performed by your colleague was at least equivalent to Level 2 of the Award any time that the work was performed not just from 1 July 2018.

Do you perform the same work? Do you support the same clients?  Why shouldn’t you be paid the same for the duration of your employment?  It’s time for Safe Places for Children to value the important work you do.

For a copy of the meeting brief– please click here.


Following the FWC Decision, Safe Places for Children wrote to employees outlining they would be undertaking a review of the classification of all employees covered by the Enterprise Agreement.

Our Union has exchanged correspondence with Safe Places to understand more about the process they are undertaking.

A copy of this exchange can be read here.

It’s Your Money!

We encourage all of you currently employed at Safe Places for Children to write directly to Safe Places for Children asking them to review your classification and wages.

Please click here to access a letter template.

We understand that some of you may have since left Safe Places for Children but have many unanswered questions about this issue.

We also encourage you to put these questions to Safe Places for Children. Please click here to access a letter template.

We recognise the contributions members have made to date. However, there is still more to do in raising this issue to ensure Safe Places for Children pay you what you are owed.

Once you have sent your letter – please send a copy to Organiser Stuart Maggs at:

If you need assistance, we are always by your side.

Please contact Stuart on 0439 713 803 or Services Connect on 3844 5300.


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