After years of battling for a raise, Victorian paramedics have finally won.
The Andrews Labor government has agreed that Victorian Paramedics deserve a pay rise due to the work they do.
The industry has undergone serious developments in the past 10 years, and will award first-year graduates a $7000 increase, a First Year Life Support Paramedic a further $15,000 per year, and Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics an extra $18,000 per year.
Along with these wage increases come tougher work requirements. Victorian paramedics will now be required to have a bachelor’s degree rather than the previous diploma-level qualification. Additional responsibility for mental health patients will also be assumed, as well as the administration of complex drug procedures which could previously only be administered at hospitals.
“The work our paramedics do is more demanding, and requires more skills and qualifications than it did ten years ago – and it’s only right their wages reflect this change,” Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy said in a statement.
The first pay rise will be awarded from July 1st this year. – Taylor Yates
Top photo from Ambulance Victoria.