Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Life Without Barriers consultation on expiry of Award

The CPSU NSW attended the Life Without Barriers (LWB) staff briefing sessions on 10 and 11 January 2023 to provide advice on the transitional arrangements that will apply from 22 February 2023, (the date of transition from the Community Living Award (CLA) to the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Award 2020 (the SCHADS Award)).

LWB emailed staff on 22 December 2022, advising that the “rate of pay will not be lowered and that current leave entitlements will be preserved”.

The CPSU NSW met with LWB management towards the end of 2022 to commence consultation on the transition arrangements ahead of the expiry of the Copied State Award. Please see the latest bulletin to members HERE

The CPSU NSW position is that your current rate of pay under the CLA is preserved, meaning your current take-home pay is not reduced as a result of the transition. This includes the base rates of pay and any allowances, penalty rates or overtime that you are currently paid.

For administrative staff there should be no loss in the rate of pay if your full-time hours of work are increased from 35 to 38 hours.

The CPSU NSW will make an application for a take-home pay order for any member who has had an actual reduction in their current pay as a result of the transition.

The CPSU NSW has requested a further meeting with LWB as part of the consultative process and will update members on the negotiations.

CPSU NSW will continue do everything we can to protect and promote the employment interests of disability services staff in NSW.

For further information, contact the CPSU NSW on 1300 772 679 and ask to speak with one of our dedicated staff.

Industrial Officer

Xanthe Thomson


Vivette Horrex

Alex Sala

Mel Coombes

Regional Organisers

Shane Elliott

Stephen Mears

Gina Di Candilo

Belinda Pearce

Rebecca Reilly

Tom Whitton