Sector Watch: July 2022

Indexation to reflect real costs of service delivery
The Fair Work Commission introduced a 5.2% increase in the national minimum wage and 4.6% increase in award minimum wage from 1 July 2022. Along with a mandated superannuation increase of 0.5%, these changes come as service providers face other surging costs, skills shortage, and growing demand for services.

NADA, along with peak bodies representing other NSW Government funded NGOs, wrote to the NSW Treasurer and Ministers calling for the government to match the wage increases and apply indexation to reflect real costs.

Challenges and opportunities for the NGO AOD workforce
Informed by member feedback, NADA produced a workforce issues paper [PDF] to highlight the critical issues facing the NSW NGO AOD sector. Developed as a platform for collaborative action, the paper outlines the key stakeholders and necessary steps to address challenges and strengthen the workforce into the future. NADA have shared the paper with the Ministry of Health Centre for AOD, the NSW Health Minister, The Department of Health, the AOD Peak Network and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addictions (NCETA).

Special Commission of Inquiry ignored in NSW Budget
As you are aware, the NSW Budget failed to provide any response to the recommendations provided by the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’, and the urgent action required to improve access to AOD treatment and tackle the sector workforce crisis.

For full details, read Sector Watch [PDF]

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