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We're bargaining for the next Public Mental Health EBA.


This year, all workers covered by the public mental health agreement will have your EBA expire. That's why we're currently in negotiations to create a new EBA. We want the best wages and conditions we can negotiate, because we know that exceptional mental health services are built on great wages and conditions.

HACSU is campaigning for the boldest and most progressive set of demands in our history. You, the workers, your wages, and your wellbeing are front and centre in HACSU's demands. As State Secretary, these principles will guide everything we at HACSU do over the coming months. 

Quality mental health services are built on the foundations of a respected and well rewarded workforce. As this campaign builds, this is the message I will take to the government. 

We're proud to be a public sector union campaigning for 4% year on year pay increases at a time when the government is hell-bent on capping public sector pay.

We're proud to be a union campaigning for public hospitals to step up and respond to the climate crisis.

We're proud to be a union that's campaigning for greater recognition and respect for our growing lived experience workforce. 

We're proud to be the first union to campaign for concrete steps to close the superannuation gap between men and women, and for Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Leave. 



Our log of claims sets out the demands and expectations of our thousands of members across the state.

Here are some of the landmark claims: 

  • 4 year agreement, with minimum wage increases of 4% per year over the life of the agreement and a further increase to wages in first year of the agreement to achieve a work value equalisation.
  • Introduction of a mental health allowance for all employees in the mental health workforce to recognize the special skills you have (whether acknowledged by a tertiary qualification or not) and use in order to perform your duties, as recommended by the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health.
  • An increase in parental leave entitlement to 26 weeks paid.
  • The inclusion and maintenance of all existing EBA and Award employment terms and conditions, and incorporation of all variations to former Awards and test case provisions. 
  • All services must commit to expand and implement environmentally sustainable business operations during the course of this agreement, through taking active and measurable steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon based energy consumption.  
  • Introduction of Reproductive Health & Wellbeing Leave, and a Gendered Violence and Harassment clause. 
  • Introduction of an alternative disputes settling procedure, in the form of a Health Industry Disputes Panel, where union delegates can attended with pay.
  • Superannuation contributions will be increased to 15% plus an additional 2% for women employees.

With your support over the coming months, we believe that we can succeed in this campaign to achieve major and sustainable improvements to the working conditions for our members. Together, we can play our part in securing landmark, once in a generation reforms to mental health services in this state for the consumers, families and carers we all work to support. 

We need ALL public mental health members to get involved in the campaign. There's a couple of simple things you can do right now to help build a great EBA including:

>> Update your details via  MyPage

>> Attend a workplace Zoom meeting with a HACSU Organiser (or call us to arrange one!)

>> Talk to your colleagues about the benefits of being a member during an EBA