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Your Union for aged care workers
We work in aged care, home care and disability services. We provide essential support to keep older Australians safe. We give professional care, with dignity. Together we are campaigning to change aged care because we all deserve dignity and respect.
If you work in Aged Care, Home Care or Disability Support – United Workers Union is your union.
We fight hard for jobs you can count on, decent pay and conditions, and respect at work. Your union is here to help you – providing a range of quality services, benefits and representation when you need it. Throughout our history, we’ve shown when working people come together, we win.
Is your EMPLOYER playing fair on care minutes?
From October 1, your employer must lift care time to 200 minutes a day for each resident.
Many facilities are making changes to rosters, duties, job roles and the creation of new jobs (e.g. care champions).
There is a concern that these changes may result in more duties for carers and less jobs for other staff (e.g. kitchen, activities, ENs).
Your union knows of instances where aged care employers have made changes to existing jobs that allow them to push up their care-time minute count. That’s not right or fair!
Your employer SHOULD NOT use tricks like changing job titles or giving you extra duties to lift care minutes. Your employer SHOULD be paying for extra staff to provide more hours for better care.
Help us hold your employer accountable!
aged CARE WORKERS won a pay rise!
The Fair Work Commission has recently announced a 15% pay rise for some aged care workers.
Find out YOUR new pay rate!
Register your details to receive personalised information about exactly what pay increase YOU will receive, direct from the union for aged care workers.
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aged care visa & pathway to permanent residency
Direct Care workers who are working in Aged Care are now eligible to be sponsored for a permanent resident visa to address workforce shortages in aged care.
Only aged care employers who have negotiated with the union and have a Labour Agreement will be able to sponsor workers on to permanent residency.
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Aged Care Watch
Your Tool for Quality Care
Chronic understaffing and unattainable workloads in aged care continue to severely impact residents’ quality of care.
Aged Care Watch is UWU’s crowd-sourced online tracking tool that enables you to anonymously share 3 types of reports:
- Understaffing – Report understaffing and its impacts
- Story report – Share your experience of understaffing, workload or lack of care time
- Nursing – Report nursing availability and ratios
By adding a report you are increasing transparency and helping deliver a quality aged care system that treats workers and elderly Australians with the dignity they deserve.
Join thousands of others and report understaffing and care time issues at your facility now.
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Standing united as thousands of Aged Care workers we can change our sector for the better!
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Find out how aged care union members have won in 2022!
Unions were started for workers, by workers to give them a stronger voice at work and in the community. Unions collectively bargain for better pay and conditions, provide representation at work, and engage in community and political campaigns that impact members’ lives. Joining the union is joining a collective, standing together for a better future.
United Workers Union (UWU) is the union for workers in Aged Care across a variety of roles including:
- Care workers
- Hospitality staff and cooks
- Nursing Assistants
- Laundry workers
- Maintenance workers
Our coverage extends across:
- Western Australia
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
UWU is also the union for Home Care workers in NSW, Qld, WA, SA, NT and ACT.
If you’re unsure or have any questions, get in touch with us here.
If you used to be represented by United Voice – that’s us! United Voice merged with NUW to form UWU in 2019.
If you work in Aged Care in another state, you may be represented by another union like the HSU – find your union through the ACTU here.
No. The Fair Work Act 2009 states that in Australia, everyone has the right to be a member of a union. Your employer cannot discriminate against you or prevent you from being a member, or from seeking help from your organiser or local union office.
In fact if your employer or manager is discouraging you from joining your union – that is the strongest indication that you need union protection.
If you’re particularly worried about your situation, call our friendly Membership Services Team to discuss.
Union membership fees change slightly based on where you work and what you’re paid – most membership fees are $13.75 a week. The join form will display the right fee grade once you enter your occupation information, before you submit your details.
Yes, union membership is 100% tax deductible!
When joining online you can select to pay either by credit/debit card, or via direct debit.
You can also select your payment frequency: weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, so you can align it with your pay cycle.
Unions are run to benefit their members, not for profit. Membership fees are used to provide services and advocate on behalf of members, like representation and legal support, training and development opportunities, expert information, collectively bargain on behalf of workers, and run community/political campaigns to further our members interests (like our Change Aged Care campaign!).