Shadow Employment Minister Michaelia Cash says she supports a wage increase for aged care workers, but the determination must be made by the independent Fair Work Commission without interference.
The Albanese Labor government on Monday put forward an official submission to the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
Aged Care Minister Anika Wells has not revealed a specific figure the government has in mind, but unions are backing a 25 per cent pay rise following the Royal Commission into aged care, which recommended lifting wages to reflect the real value of their work.
Ms Cash said "of course" the Coalition supports a wage increase for aged care but insisted the decision should be made by the FWC without interference.
"You don’t want government setting wages in this country," she told Sky News Australia.
"That is why the independent Fair Work Commission analyses all of the evidence across the board from all parties – and then they make what they consider to be an appropriate determination."