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NSW paramedics receive pay increase of up to 29%

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NSW paramedics will receive an average pay increase of 25% over the next four years, and will bring their wages in line with other states.
NSW paramedics pay increase

NSW paramedics will receive an average pay increase of 25% over the next four years.

These pay increases vary from 11% to 29% and will apply to almost 5,000 paramedics across the state.

Further, this is the largest pay increase paramedics in the state have ever received, and will bring NSW paramedics’ wages in line with other Australian states.

Background

The Ambulance Division of the Health Services Union (ADHSU) had called for a 20% pay increase to bring NSW in line with paramedic wages in other states.

Around 2,000 NSW paramedics had pledged to boycott renewing their registration due to the dispute.

This could have meant thousands of paramedics stopping work from 1 January if it was not resolved.

NSW paramedics pay increase

The current base salary for a typical paramedic in their sixth year of work will increase from $79,737 to $88,082 next year. By July 2026, this will increase to $103,361.

Additionally, the base salary for a specialist paramedic in their third year of work will increase from $90,711 to $117,328.

The base pay of critical care paramedics will increase from $98,390 to $127,261.

The NSW Secretary of the Health Services Union Gerard Hayes said paramedics “exercise fine clinical judgement under incredible stress. Their work saves lives. Finally they will be paid for it.”

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