For over 100 years HACSU has represented the workers who make a difference to lives of people living with mental illness, disability, and drug and alcohol problems. Once known as the Asylum Employees Federation, HACSU was first formed by workers from institutionalised and congregate care for people with mental illnesses and disabilities. Developments in treatment, and the social and medical understanding of mental illnesses and disabilities, see what is now a community and recovery focused model. HACSU has been a driving force behind these changes.
HACSU members are employed in a range of occupational classifications including nurses, health professionals, disability and human service workers, program and support workers, trades and administration.
Because HACSU is a specialist union, HACSU members are provided with specialist knowledge and experience, strong industrial outcomes, and above award wages and conditions for the majority of members. This helps to build the professionalism of the mental health and disability sector workforce, thus providing excellent quality services for people dependent on these services.