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New agreements for Blue Care staff

Blue Care will raise wages for direct care, administrative and support staff in Queensland  and northern News South Wales over the next three years.

Blue Care administrative staff will receive a wage increase of 18 per cent over the next three years with direct care and support staff receiving an increase of 17.5 per cent.

Personal Carers will also receive a direct care allowance of $20 a week along with a new income protection scheme.

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission has approved the agreements along with the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU), Australian Workers Union (AWU) and Australian Services Union (ASU).

Blue Care Director of Organisational Development Bob Gilkes said the agreements ensured Blue Care remained an industry leader in regards to pay and conditions for staff.

“It’s deserved recognition for the dedication and professionalism our direct care, administrative and support staff provide every day of the year,” Mr Gilkes said. “We greatly appreciate their contribution and support.

“We are focused on being an employer of choice in the aged care sector and with help from the LHMU, AWU and ASU, we have worked on improving and updating this agreement to deliver the best possible pay and conditions to attract staff into the future.”

Blue Care has also recently committed to similar wage increases and work conditions for nursing staff with the support of the Queensland Nurses Union.

Blue Care started as the Blue Nursing Service in 1953 and has grown into one of ‘s leading providers of community health and residential aged care.

As a not-for-profit organisation, Blue Care supports the elderly, people with a disability and others in need in the community to remain independent for as long as possible.