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Industrial Relations Resources for Employers covered by the Modern SCHADS Industry Award

From 1 July 2012, providers of social and community services employing staff under SCHADS (The Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010) were required to implement the new Modern Award classification structure and pay rates, as well as penalty rates and loadings.

Details on the SCHADS Modern Award are available through the Fair Work Commission(FWC) website. As Awards are subject to change it is recommended that organisations refer to the most up-to-date online version of the Award.  The FWC are also contactable on 1300 799 675.

From 1 December 2012, service providers employing workers classified under SACS (Social and Community Services) and Crisis Accommodation, SCHADS Modern Award, were required to implement the salary rates set out in the FWC SACS Equal Remuneration Order (The FWC SACS Equal Remuneration Order 22 June 2012). The phasing in of the Equal Remuneration Order commenced in December 2012 and will be completed in 2020.

Organisations are advised to follow the links below to access the industrial relations information and resources developed for their state or territory.
Pay tables setting out the rates of pay effective from 1 July 2013 are detailed within each state and territory link.  The tables were prepared on behalf of the National SACS Education and Information Program (SACS EIP), which ended 30 June 2013, by Jobs Australia, and were based on information available through the FWC.
If you wish to access pay tables effective from 1 December 2013 you are advised to contact the Fair Work Commission or your employer association/adviser.

NDS Organisational Members can access a subsidised industrial relations service (facilitated by Jobs Australia) through their NDS membership.  For further information visit the Membership Benefits page or contact the NDS Membership Team at  or phone 02 6283 3205.

Commonwealth Supplementation

Information on how the Australian Government has calculated supplementation can be found on the FaHCSIA website.

A series of Frequently Asked Questions are also available on FaHCSIA's website. Further questions in relation to Commonwealth funding can be sent to

Refer to your relevant government department for details of funding commitments.

Please Note:
NDS is not an industrial advisory body and this information is provided for your consideration only. Formal advice on industrial matters should be obtained from an industrial advisor or from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) who can be contacted on 13 13 94.

If accessible versions of the documents are required please contact Jay Richardson on 02 9256 3107 for further assistance.

For further information, contact:

Paul Musso
Ph 02 6283 3215

Further Information

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