Save Equal Pay

Save Equal Pay Alliance Launch

ASU members won Equal Pay in 2012. Now, it’s under threat. Yesterday we launched the Save Equal Pay Alliance with 40 community organisations and peak bodies calling on the government to fund their fair share. ASU Secretary Natalie Lang spoke to the ABC about our campaign to save Equal Pay, jobs and services in the community sector.

Posted by Australian Services Union NSW & ACT on Thursday, 28 November 2019

Today we launched our campaign to save Equal Pay funding with 40 Community and Disability Sector Organisations as part of the Save Equal Pay Alliance.

In 2012 ASU members won 23-45% pay rises. The Fair Work Commission ordered that Equal Pay increases on our Award wages be phased in over eight years. 

The increases awarded by the Fair Work Commission in our Equal Pay case are the legal minimum rates of pay.

When ASU members won Equal Pay, state and federal governments set aside special funds to cover our new higher rates of pay. This guaranteed funding until 2020.

Now it’s clear that many government departments have not budgeted to lift the funding of programs into the future.

If Equal Pay is not funded, jobs and services will be under threat.

We fought to win Equal Pay, we will fight to protect it. With our partners in the Equal Pay Alliance, we stand together today to call on the Federal Government to protect Equal Pay.

ASU Civil Society Partners & Foundation Members of the Save Equal Pay Alliance

Australian Council of Social Services  

Community Legal Centres, NSW  

Domestic Violence NSW 

Homelessness NSW 

Local Community Services Association  

Mental Health Coordinating Council  

National Association of Community Legal Centres  

Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies  

NSW Council of Social Services  

NSW Family Services  

Welfare Rights Centre  

Women’s Health NSW 

ACT Shelter 

Albion Park Rail Neighbourhood Centre  

Asian Women at Work  

Care Inc 

Caretakers Cottage  


Child and Family Support Services

Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association  

Flintwood Disability Services  

Gateway Family Services

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre  

Jannawi Family Centre  

Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre  

Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT  

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW Inc 

Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services 

Newcastle Family Support Services  

NSW Users & AIDS Association  

Penrith Women’s Health Centre 

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia   


Southern Youth and Family Services  

St George Community Housing  

The Deli Women and Children’s Centre 

The Tenants' Union ACT 

Thrive Services  

Toora Women  

Wagga Wagga Women’s Health  

Women Up North  

Women’s Legal Service NSW 



  1. We celebrate the historic victory of ASU members in 2012 when they won Equal Pay increases of between 23 to 45 % that are still being phased in, up to December next year.
  2. We celebrate that members not only won a case in the Commission, but also billions of dollars in state and federal funding to cover the costs of these wage increases.
  3. We recognise that if government departments do not continue to lift the funding of programs into the future to cover the Equal Pay increases we won, then jobs and services are under threat. 


  1. You can only achieve social inclusion, equity and justice if community sector workers are properly valued.
  2. We call on all governments to provide for ongoing funding of our Equal Pay increases.
  3. Until this happens we will unite in our workplaces, and across our sector, to campaign to Save Equal Pay. We will form a Save Equal Pay Alliance made up of ASU members and organisations that are our Civil Society partners  to do this together.

Equal Pay Alliance

L-R: Katherine McKernan, Homeless NSW; Joanne Yates, DV NSW; Natalie Lang, Secretary ASU; Joanna Quilty, NCOSS; Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS