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Aged care pay rise proposal on the way

A proposal to give aged care workers a pay rise will be submitted by the federal government next week.

The Fair Work Commission is considering whether to lift the pay rates for residential and home care workers.

Unions are advocating for at least a 25 per cent pay rise for employees in the wake of the aged care royal commission which recommended an increase to reflect the value of their work.

Aged Care Minister Anika Wells confirmed the government would fulfil its election promise to advocate for an aged care pay rise.

"We are sending our submission on Monday to try and get you a pay rise and we will continue to deliver the election commitments to keep our promise with the Australian people," she told parliament on Thursday, as aged care workers watched on from the guest gallery.

"Our aged care workers deserve a lot better ... we are going to do better by you than you ever received under nine years of neglect of the previous government."

Laws responding to the recommendations of the aged care royal commission were the first to pass parliament under the new Labor government.

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