Earlier today we sent a letter to the Minister for Disability, Luke Donnellan’s Office, seeking clarification about the plan for disability services during this viral outbreak. We will await a response and advise members once we’ve heard more from the Minister’s Office about the impact to workers and residents/participants.
Given the recent announcement by the Government that people may have early access to superannuation, due to the impact of COVID-19, we spoke today with superannuation providers about the proposal to allow early access to super. We’re waiting for information about the proposed scheme and will provide members with information once we know more. In the meanwhile, should you have any concerns or queries about your finances, please speak with your superannuation provider or a financial advisor.
We have established weekly meetings with the HSU National Office, our National Union to discuss on federal level the issues facing disability, AOD and mental health services. This linkage provides us with a direct link to federal Government Ministers to ensure HACSU members’ voice is heard on a national platform.
State Secretary Paul Healey and Assistant State Secretary Kate Marshall continue to work from the HACSU office at this time and are supporting HACSU Officials to perform duties remotely.
Lastly, late on Friday, we discussed with HSU National Secretary, Lloyd Williams the issues facing HACSU members in frontline mental health and disability services. Lloyd has raised our concerns directly to Attorney General, Christian Porter’s Office, particularly relating to the limited supplies of personal protective equipment.
Thank-you to members for providing feedback about your experiences to HACSU officials; this allows us to provide this feedback directly to Government Ministers and ensure that your needs are heard and acted on swiftly.
We’re continuing to follow directions from Government regarding social distancing and whilst that won’t prevent us for providing services to members, there may be some delays. We appreciate members’ patience in this ever-changing environment, and whilst there may be some delays in us getting back to you, know that we’re here and we’ll continue to support members through this challenging time.