Updated 19 November 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.
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.
MOH and DHB contracts
On 20 June 2018 the Ministry of Health sent out a confirmation and agreement form for providers to sign in relation to acceptance of the settlement for Ministry of Health or DHB contracts. This was due back to the Ministry by 6 July 2018. Funding from the Ministry was received by providers on 27 July 2018 (or no later than 1 August 2018).
Staff backpay needed to be paid within one month of providers receiving funding. Providers were required to pay staff at the new rates from the first pay period following receipt of funding.
Providers also received advanced interim payments for the 2018/19 year first quarter (July-September) and then further payments for two months in October and November to continue to fund the costs of implementing pay equity until it was included in contracts. Any DHBs who had contracts due to end on 30 June 2018 were advised to vary the contracts to end at the end of September continuing the 2017/18 contract rate. They were then varied again. The intention is that funding will be included in contracts from 1 December 2018.
Other funders issued contract variations to cover pay equity and will incorporate funding into contracts from 2019 onward. Please contact Platform on 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.