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ASU releases pivotal report - Australia’s Social and Community Services Workforce: Characterisation, Classification and Value

24 May 2024 By ASU

The ASU is proud to share the groundbreaking findings from a significant study by Dr. Natasha Cortis and Dr. Megan Blaxland of the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, titled 'Australia’s Social and Community Services Workforce: Characterisation, Classification, and Value.’

This comprehensive report, commissioned by the ASU on behalf of our members, dives deep into the working lives of professionals in Australia's social and community sectors - predominantly women in non-government organisations. Conducted in late 2023, this largest-ever survey of pay and conditions provides a detailed look at the crucial roles these workers fulfill, examining how their contributions are valued and compensated under the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services (SCHADS) Award.

This vital research highlights both the challenges and indispensable contributions of these workers to our communities. Recognition of the critical value of their skills is crucial to building a sustainable workforce.

Read the report summary here

Read the full report here

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