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20th March HACSU Daily Update


Hello members,

Today we’re been reaching out to more disability employers to gather their policies relating to COVID-19. GEN-U has advised they will be finalising their policy very soon, which they will sent to their workers and also to HACSU Officials for review. We have continued discussions today with Government Ministers’ offices regarding ensuring a comprehensive plan for disability group homes during this viral outbreak, and ensuring that personal protective equipment (PPE) is available to all houses.

Sadly, we’ve heard feedback that disability workers in group homes have experienced difficulties in getting groceries and essential supplies for houses, as a result of the surge of ‘hoard buying’ across the State. Some workers have been re-deployed to support with shopping services, to ensure that houses can be stocked up with all regular essentials.

We’re busy speaking to members at the moment on an unprecedented scale. Please be aware that if you’re trying to get in touch, there may be a wait at the moment but we’re here for you and we will get to you as soon as we can.

State Secretary Paul Healey is out this afternoon speaking about a project on drug law reform, harm minimisation and the overlap of mental health, AOD and correctional services. We’ll keep members updated on further developments as they come to light.

We’ll provide you with further updates next week, in the meanwhile we hope that those members who aren’t working have a safe, restful weekend and those members who are working are safe at work and in the community. As always, please contact us if you have any concerns, queries or worries. We are available business hours on 1300 651 931 or


In unity,