HACSU is the only specialist union for the disability, mental health, and drug and alcohol serices in Victoria.
HACSU believe that though proper remuneraton and conditions for staff, the mental health, disability services, and drug and alcohol sectors will attract and retain the best possible works, and thus provide the best quality services.
HACSU campaigns not only for industrial outcomes for workers, but for the improved funding, resourcing and services for the Vicotial disability and mental health sectors.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will change the way funding is directed to, and used by, people with disabilities. Rather than choosing a service provider who will deliver a pre-determined set of services, under the NDIS people with disabilities can use their funding to choose which providers to buy their support from. In principle, this is a fantastic idea, especially for people have to capacity to advocate for themselves. However, for those who need assistance to advocate and navigate the complex disability market, the NDIS model presents many challenges.
October and November will be critical campaign months The Government is currently in a process of conducting research regarding the privatisation of the DHHS. No final decision has been made, and we have been told that it is unlikely that there will be any further announcements before late October.