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Member Benefits

Be a part of something bigger.

Membership of HACSU entitles you to a vast range of benefits, from professional indemnity insurance to free legal advice. See below for our full range of member benefits.

Please note that these benefits are only available to financial members of HACSU. If you're not a financial member and have an existing workplace issue, please read our non-members policy.

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Professional Indemnity Insurance

Get peace of mind that you will be covered at work

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) is a form of liability insurance that protects you at work. Insurance is necessary for any professional working in the health sector, especially those who work with vulnerable people. PII will provide you with the legal protection and support you will need if there is an issue with your professional practice at work. Issues may include medication errors, client deaths, if a client sues you and so on. 

Some employers may offer PII; however, it is vital to recognise that it will always act in the employer's interests before the worker. This means that employees can be used as a 'scapegoat' if it will protect the employer. 

HACSU members are insured for up to $10 million in individual indemnity.

HACSU's insurance provides members with the peace of mind that you will always be covered. 

However, an essential reminder that you will only be covered if you notify an incident as soon as you are aware of a potential issue. 

You must notify the union as soon as possible to avoid rejection by the insurer.

Even if no claim needs to be made initially, we must know so you are covered in the event that something changes and you do need to claim. 

 


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Online learning and CPD

HACSU develop user friendly CPD modules specifically for members!

HACSU develops online CPD modules for members working in the mental health and disability fields. 

HACSU members can access the CPD online through the members' portal!


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Collective Bargaining

Through collective bargaining members can improve wages and conditions in an EBA

Collective bargaining is the process by which employers and employees negotiate an enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA). An EBA is an employment agreement that contains the details of your wages and conditions. 

Unfortunately, employers do not simply offer employees pay increases and improved conditions. Better conditions are something union members’ campaign for. This is the core business of the union. The more union members from your workplace, the stronger your EBA outcomes will be. 


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Individual representation

Don’t get left out on your own, HACSU have your back!

Getting called into a meeting with the boss can be scary. What are they going to say? Will you be put on the spot? What if they ask you to sign something you’re not sure about? Get representation and support from those who know your rights! 

In important disciplinary meetings and processes, HACSU will provide members with ongoing support and representation to see that members know their rights and any outcomes are fair. 


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Speak to someone who can help!

HACSUassist provide a telephone assistance and support service for all members

Do you know your rights under the fair work act? Do you understand which industry award covers your work? Perhaps you have a question about something your boss has told you. Get on the phone or email HACSUassist to get help. HACSUassist provide a phone and email based service for members to assist them with questions, concerns, minor workplace disputes and other matters. 


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Sector advocacy

HACSU advocates and campaigns for the continued improvement and resources for people with mental illnesses and disabilities.

HACSU advocates and campaigns for the continued improvement and resources for people with mental illnesses and disabilities. HACSU use political influence and campaigning to lobby on important matters affecting our sectors. HACSU was a major voice behind deinstitutionalisation in the early nineties, and more recently, a quality NDIS. 


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Ongoing collective support and campaigning

Collective workplace matters don’t stop at the EBA

Collective workplace matters don’t stop at the EBA; get continued support at work from HACSU's field organisers. HACSU field organisers work on the road, holding workplace meetings, battling with management and providing members with support and representation on a collective and individual level. 


Member Advantage Discount Shopping Portal

Get access to the Member Advantage website where you can buy discounted vouchers for products ranginf from glasses, gift cards, holidays, movie tickets and gym memberships.

Save 5% on supermarket gift cards and 10% on David Jones vouchers!

Discounts include:

  • Save on Pre-purchased  Movie Tickets
  • 15% off Goodlife Health Club  Gym Memberships
  • Discounts on  Pre-purchased Gift Cards  to Endota Spas, David Jones, JBHiFi, The Good Guys and more
  • Entertainment for the whole family including Theme Parks & Attractions
  • Red Balloon & Adrenaline vouchers make great gifts for the person who has everything
  • Discounted dining at restaurants across Victoria with your Ambassador Card
  • Discounted hotel bookings , tours with Intrepid Travel & Airline Lounge Memberships

Click here to go to your Member Advantage Portal now!


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Be a part of something bigger

Join HACSU, join the community!

By joining HACSU you are joining a community of professional disability and mental health workers who are actively working toward improving workers' conditions and outcomes for the vulnerable people who rely on our services.

Not only are you provided with support and protection, but you will be giving back to the community who rely on the hard-working disability and mental health professionals across Victoria! 


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Legal

Get discounted legal advice and a free consultation.

HACSU members can get access to a free consultation with Slater and Gordon Lawyers. Members also have access to free will kits and other great discounts on legal services.


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Record critical incidents and workplace violence!

Contribute to the campaign against workplace violence

Critical incidents and Workplace violence is an everyday occurrence for many members in mental health and disability services. HACSU are the key player actively working with employers and the state government toward practice and policies to reduce workplace violence.

HACSU collate data reported by members to help the broader community better understand the prevalence of violence and critical incidents within our workplaces. 


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Tax deductible

All membership fees are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

HACSU members can get access to great benefits from ME bank, exclusive to union members. Some of these offers include discounts on home loans, free atm use with any bank across Victoria and much more! 


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Banking

Get discounts on banking with me!

HACSU members can get access to great benefits from ME bank, exclusive to union members. These include discounted home loans and credit cards.

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Check out the full details here