Updated 27 June 2018
This page aims to provide the most up to date and relevant information for providers to understand the mental health and addiction support workers pay equity settlement. For any queries, or to add your details to our email updates list, please contact Platform Trust on 04 385 0385 or by email at email@example.com.
If you are new to the mental health and addictions settlement, please go to our About pay equity page for more information about the history of this settlement. For more information about the settlement and eligibility, please read the settlement agreement on the Ministry of Health’s website and our Settlement detail page.
This page gives a brief outline of important aspects of implementation of the settlement.
- The settlement funding is for a period of five years from 1 July 2017.
- The settlement is not yet in legislation, but it is intended that it will be later this year.
- Any employee who meets the definition of a support worker under the settlement will be eligible for the new rates, no matter what their qualification level. The settlement does not only apply to support workers with a Level 4 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (or equivalent qualification).
- All support workers who are eligible for the settlement are included in the settlement (union members and non-union members).
- Employee – eligible employees are defined in the settlement agreement.
- Provider – service providers/organisations who have employees eligible for the settlement.
- Funder – The funders who are signatories to the settlement agreement and as defined in the settlement agreement - these are the Ministry of Health, the district health boards, Ministry of Social Development, Oranga Tamariki, Department of Corrections and ACC.
- Effective date – the settlement is backdated to 1 July 2017 to bring mental health and addiction support workers in line with the Terranova settlement. (For more information about the Terranova settlement, see the government website).
- Data collection – you should already have completed and returned your data collection tool to the Ministry of Health or other funder (Department of Corrections, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Social Development or ACC). For more information about this, please see the Ministry of Health's website.
MOH and DHB contracts
- 6 July 2018 – on 20 June 2018 the Ministry of Health sent out a confirmation and agreement form for you to sign in relation to acceptance of the settlement for your Ministry of Health or DHB contracts. This is due back to the Ministry (MHApayquity_implementation@moh.govt.nz) by 6 July 2018.
- 16 July 2018 - you should receive your funding advice from the Ministry of Health for any Ministry of Health or DHB funded contracts. You will have one week to raise any issues with the Ministry about the funding advice.
- 27 July 2018 (or no later than 1 August 2018) – you should receive funding as per the funding advice you received from the Ministry. You must pay your staff backpay within one month of receiving your funding. You must pay your staff the new rates from the first pay period following receipt of your funding.
Please contact Platform on firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 385 0385 if you have questions or concerns about contracts with other funders. You can also contact the funder directly with contact details provided on our Pay equity contacts page if you have any questions about their processes. At the time of this update, the intention is that all funders will provide funding in late July, likely through a contract variation process.
Key messages for employees
- Your employees will need to be informed about the settlement and supported to attend a ratification process in your area, which will involve a consultation/briefing meeting and vote (organised by the unions and employers). This is because their rights to make a pay equity claim in the future will be extinguished as part of a settlement and subsequent legislation. They do not need to be union members to participate in the ratification process. Employers are invited to attend the first part of the meeting to support their workforce, but are asked to leave for the voting process. Your attendance is a good opportunity to remind employees that employers have supported this settlement process with Platform working on your behalf to reach a settlement from the beginning. (You will be given a contribution of $25 toward the cost of your employees’ attendance at ratification meetings. Attendance registers will be sent to you by the unions within a week of the meeting and you will have one month to invoice the Ministry).
- Your employees should be made aware that if they use their first year fees free entitlement to cover training related to the pay equity settlement, it is unlikely that they will be able to use it again in the future if they intend to study further.