Bargaining update

HACSU continues to meet with the DHHS on a weekly basis to progress our EBA claims. So far approximately 70% of our claims are on the table and in the past few weeks we have tabled the following clauses:

  • Job security
  • Protections for casual employees
  • Long Service Leave
  • Schedule C – Discipline
  • Comprehensive Consultation clause
The outstanding clauses are the bigger claims that we are currently consulting membership about.
We are in the process of collating evidence to support claim 17 (b) which requires the revision of the classification levels for respite services staff. On ­­­March 28th a number of our members attended a respite focus group to advise HACSU on the complexities of their role.

HACSU would particularly like to thank and acknowledge the significant work Scott Sharman has done to assist us in this task.
If you work in respite and would like to provide further input please call Lisa White, Industrial Officer, on 9340 4151 to discuss this matter.

Members across Victoria have been participating in protected stop work action to demand Certainty for Disability… NOW!

The most recent action has taken place in Bendigo and Frankston, with members taking to the streets to march on the office of the local MPs.

HACSU members in Bendigo marched through the streets with a police escort which arrived at local MP Jacinta Allan’s office, where members were met by more police (and barricades) waiting to protect the Minister from our action. The action was widely covered by local news outlets on TV, radio and in the newspaper.

Members from DHHS Bayside-Peninsula area protested local Frankston MP, Paul Edbrooke, before going in to meet with him. Members also handed out flyers and spoke to local members of the community about the privatisation of DHHS services to raise community awareness on the campaign for certainty for disability.

Stop work action will continue across the state, with scheduled action taking place in April and May. Members are encouraged to log in to the member portal and follow HACSU of Facebook to stay up to date with all the events and action!
On-call/Re-call ban

Members across Eastern will be participating in Ban 20 again and members from Barwon will be participating for the first time later in the month. Ban 20: refuse to participate in selected on-call/
re-call duties, forces the department to cover these duties at the senior management level for the selected time frame.
Colanda action

Last week Colanda members met and received a report back from State Secretary Lloyd Williams that advised them that the Government/DHHS has rejected all of their claims that go to enhanced compensation for loss of jobs and relocation expenses due to the closure of Colanda.

These items of the claim are critical to the continuity of service provision and take into account the difference of this closure to any other closure that did not have the level of relocation required for staff to continue employment in the DHHS.

Members unanimously passed a resolution to refuse to co-operate any further with any matters in relation to closure until there is a genuine offer made to members that treats them with respect, recognises their value, and supports their continued service. 
HACSU members have vowed to:
  • Refuse to attend any meetings relating to closure. This includes resident transition planning meetings, or meetings about new group homes. NDIS meetings about transition to a new home are banned, but planning about funding for aids, current needs are not.
  • Refuse to provide information relating to the closure or client relocation
  • Refuse to participate in any other activity which facilitates the closure including, workforce planning, recruitment, redeployment, roster reviews, training and or new group home design and planning.
  • Implement all current bans to their fullest
  • Escalate workplace stoppages
  • Escalate the community campaign
  • Ensure that families are aware of the offer to staff and what this may mean for continuity


Action taking place at Colanda from 2.00am to 3.00am on
Tuesday April 25 2017
DHHS Easter Fact sheet

HACSU has built a fact sheet for members working over the Easter public holidays. 
Check it out here.

Training and Professional Development Survey - competition winner!

Thank you to all the members who participated in our training and professional development survey. The winner of the movie tickets competition is John Mannix, your tickets are in the mail!
Family Violence Workforce Census

The census is a critical part of our planning, and represents a landmark opportunity for the voices of the workforce to be heard. It will help provide a comprehensive understanding of the workforces that prevent and respond to family violence in Victoria.

Strong participation in the census will help government to address the industry planning challenges highlighted by the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended the development of a 10-Year Family Violence Industry Plan, in recognition of the vitally important role that workers from across a range of sectors have in responding to family violence and preventing it from occurring in the first place. The Industry Plan will provide a systematic approach to workforce planning and development, and will address issues of workforce capability, diversity of the workforce, health and wellbeing, remuneration and career pathways.

The census is for all workforces that intersect with family violence, including the specialist family violence sector, primary prevention sector, and workforces across health, education, justice and community sectors.

The census has two important elements:

·        a voluntary employee survey intended for all workforces who intersect with family violence
·        a payroll data extract from selected organisations within the family violence system.

The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete, and will collect no personal identifiers such as name, date of birth etc.

The census has been designed in close consultation with stakeholders including peak bodies, unions, professional associations, service providers and practitioners.

Further information can be found on our website here.