Earlier this month, HACSU created a Safety in Disability audit. This audit was the largest audit of disability in our history in Victoria and generated over 900 responses. These responses span hundreds of residential disability homes across Victoria, including state-funded and NDIS-funded (Commonwealth) workplaces. We would like to thank all members who completed this audit. Your input will go a long way to ensuring your voice is heard in the workplace and that your safety is of the highest priority. It also enables us to hold key decision-makers like Government Ministers accountable. We have already been working tirelessly to ensure the issues existing in this workforce are rectified immediately. We want you to feel safe at work, we want you to feel comfortable at work and most importantly, we want to ensure your mental health isn't suffering.
In this audit, we asked members questions around whether they had adequate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in their workplaces, whether they had a specific COVIDSafe plan for their workplaces and how their mental health was going in these trying times. In our meetings this year with our members in disability, we have listened to your feedback about your individual workplace, your comments about your own mental health and wellbeing, as well as suggestions on how the workforce could improve. We also heard about the many positive steps our members are taking to ensure their workplace is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work our members are doing in these trying times and will continue to support your rights in the workplace.