The NSW Government has announced a new public sector wages policy to provide increased pay for public sector employees including nurses, teachers, and paramedics.
The new two-year policy provides among the highest public sector wages growth in the country with employees offered a 3.0 per cent remuneration increase per annum in 2022-23 and 2023-24, with a possible further 0.5 per cent on offer in 2023-24 for employees that make a substantial contribution to productivity enhancing reforms.
This provides for remuneration increases of up to 6.5 per cent over two years under the new policy.
The policy will apply to new industrial agreements that are struck from July 1.
In addition, a one-off payment of $3,000 will be provided to employees in the NSW Health Service in recognition of their work on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The payment covers paramedics, midwives, cleaners, and all other permanent staff employed by the NSW Health Service.
The $3,000 one-off payment to health workers is in recognition of a workforce that has stepped up above and beyond, going to extraordinary lengths during the pandemic and earning the admiration and gratitude of the entire state.