On May 4 2023, Goodwin had the honour of hosting Honourable Dr Jim Chalmers MP (Federal Treasurer), the Honourable Anika Wells MP (Minister for Aged Care) and Mr David Smith MP at Goodwin Farrer for the announcement of a government funding package to support a wage increase for aged care workers.
The ministers, along with journalists, news reporters and camera crews came together on the grounds of George Sautelle House to share the wonderful news that approximately 250,000 aged care workers across Australia, including many Goodwin employees, would be receiving a 15 per cent pay increase. The recipients will include registered nurses, enrolled nurses, assistants in nursing, personal care workers, head chefs and cooks, recreational activities officers (lifestyle workers) and home care workers.
Aged Care Minister Anika Wells said, ‘It is long deserved, long awaited, and now it is here for a workforce that have been undervalued for far too long.’
Goodwin staff were invited to speak with the ministers and journalists about their thoughts on the increase, and the difference it would make in their lives. Many spotted themselves on the news that evening! The crowds of cameras were also very exciting for residents who watched on from their balconies.
Chief Executive Officer Stephen Holmes said, ‘The incredible staff at Goodwin are the reason we can provide such a high standard of care, and we are glad to see them recognised and appreciated. We look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this increase.’
Goodwin has committed to the Aged & Community Care Providers Association’s pledge to pass on the additional funding to these eligible staff. Final details will be handed down by the government in this week’s 2023-24 federal budget.