"Today is a day in a generation – a day for all women to celebrate" Former ASU Secretary Sally McManus
ASU members campaigned for Equal Pay for years. We rallied, we danced, we had flash mobs, we spoke to the media and met with politicians. Union members made a lot of noise because we needed to make a difference.
We love the work we do, but we deserve to be paid a fair amount.
Lots of people told us that we were fighting for the impossible. But on February 1, 2012 we won.
The ASU and the Gillard Government had reached an agreement and on February 1 the Fair Work Commission awarded all ASU members equal pay.
The case and campaign has resulted in real wage increases of between 23% – 45% over the next eight years!
On 1 December 2012 all NSW and ACT SACS workers began receiving their first ASU Equal Pay increase.
This was the first of eight equal pay increases coming to workers because of the ASU's successful Equal Pay case and campaign.
The ASU’s Equal Pay campaign was a historic victory won by active, strong and united members.
You can also take a look at our wage charts and comparisons to see what increases you should be getting.
We are the Union for workers in the disability sector. Join today.
We are advocates, support workers, sole traders, case workers, social educators, team leaders, carers, trainers, coordinators, counsellors, and administrative support.
We work across NSW and the ACT. We are permanent, part-time, casuals and sole traders.
We are one of the fastest-growing unions in Australia. We have members at 1000s of disability providers including Aruma, HireUp, Mable, St Vincent de Paul, Ability Options, Lifestyle Solutions, LiveBetter, Flourish, Disability Services Australia, Challenge Community Services, The Benevolent Society, Australian Unity, Achieve Australia and Life Without Barriers.
As a union member, there is always someone by your side. Our expert team can provide you with advice and support about any issue work.
Membership is tax-deductible. Membership includes free journey insurance and professional indemnity insurance.
Union members are provided with complimentary membership of the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners - and can access their full catalogue of training for no additional cost. There is a wide range of training for union members - including improving your IT skills and understanding the NDIS Code of Conduct.
Union membership gives you access to discounts at major brands and retailers - allowing you to save money on groceries, petrol, holidays and entertainment.
Q: What union covers support workers?
A: The Australian Services Union is the disability union. We believe in support for support workers.
Q: Is there a union for disability sole traders?
A: Yes - the Australian Services Union.
Q: Can casuals join the union?
A: Absolutely! It's so important for casuals to be a member. You can access all the benefits and services (such as professional indemnity insurance!) and get advice and protection at work.
Q: What insurance does the union provide for disability support workers?
A: All disability support workers are covered with our Professional Indemnity Insurance and Journey Insurance.
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If you work in the Hunter/New England region, Western Sydney, North Sydney, South Western Sydney, Southern NSW or on the Central Coast you have just months to get prepared for the live NDIS roll out in July 2016!
Non government disability organisations in the ACT and Nepean/Blue Mountains have already commenced the transition to the scheme. Eligible people with a disability have been invited to their planning and commencement of the scheme according to their age groups, with total engagement scheduled for the end of 2016.
Make sure you have all the information so you can be a part of the change and ensure the NDIS is the best it can be- invite us to your next meeting to learn more...Read more
If your conditions are set by the modern award for our industry (the SCHADS Award) you are entitled to double time and a half for all hours worked on a public holiday.
That means double time and a half for:
- Friday December 25th Christmas Day – Public Holiday
- Saturday December 26th Boxing Day – Public Holiday
- Monday December 28th - Additional public holiday as Boxing Day falls on a Saturday
- Friday January 1st New Year’s Day – Public Holiday
What if you're a casual? Do these rates apply to you?
Yes! If you are a casual working over the Christmas period on these public holidays you should receive double time and a half on the base hourly rate and your casual loading of 25%.
ASU members campaigned together to win pay rises for every single worker in the sector. We marched in the streets, danced in front of Parliament House, signed petitions, met with local MPs and did everything we could that would ensure our work was fairly recognised and valued.
The Fair Work Commission found that the work we do in the community sector was undervalued and underpaid. ASU members won pay rises of between 23% and 45%.
This is a once in a generation victory which means that every December 1 until 2020 is an ASU won Equal Pay Day.
How you can celebrate?
Across NSW and the ACT, workers are today celebrating Equal Pay Day. Members have made Equal Pay cupcakes, and some workplaces are remembering the historic campaign by watching this video at their next team meeting.
The best way to celebrate is to make sure your colleagues know that these pay rises were fought for and won by ASU members. Joining the union is the best way to ensure that we are respected at work and paid a decent, fair wage. There's so much more to do in this sector, and we need everyone to put their hand up and say "I'm in".
So, this week - when you check your next pay slip, take time to ask your colleagues to consider being part of the Equal Pay Union, the Australian Services Union. Ask them to join online here.
Being part of the union that won Equal Pay for Community and Disability Workers is one of the many things that make us ASU PROUD.
What are the new rates?
You can find out what the union won pay rates are by clicking here. This is a resource for union members only.
Along with valuable information such as pay rates, union members receive many member only benefits - such as:
- free journey insurance
- free professional indemnity insurance
- access to our Member Assistance Hotline
- free membership to our sector's professional body
- the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners
- and of course, protection at work.
Together our voices are louder.
We recently held the inaugural Edna Ryan training day for ASU members who are women under 30. Edna Ryan was an equal-pay warrior of her time, and the Edna Ryan foundation has partnered with the ASU to support young women to get involved in their union.Read more