Working collaboratively on social and community sector wages Thu 31 May 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Human Services The Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor, said the Government would continue to work with the community sector in the delivery of wage increases for social and community service workers. "I have nothing but respect for the many thousands of social and community service workers in Tasmania, who do an incredible job in supporting some of our most disadvantaged citizens," she said. "The $3 million we have allocated in the 2012-13 is a substantial allocation in anticipation of the first stage of the wage increase, which is due to come into effect at the beginning of December. "It is also in addition to funding provided for indexation at 2.25 per cent, which is worth more than $5 million. "However, I accept there are a number of unknowns regarding how the full effects of the Fair Work Australia decision will be funded. "Since Budget Day I have been in discussions with representatives from the community sector to determine how we deliver on this agreement. "Through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, we are continuing to work collaboratively with peak community sector organisations to work through issues surrounding the implementation of the new wages agreement. "We will expect the Australian Government will make a contribution to this, and will be making an announcement later this year."