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Mental Health Sector Update


This month in the mental health sector, we’ve been meeting with lots of members at your workplaces to discuss your claims for the next Public Mental Health EBA! You might have met recently with one of our Organisers to chat through your concerns and needs. If not, please get in touch! We might have a meeting scheduled soon – or we can coordinate a meeting time that suits you.

Very soon we’ll have a draft of the claims most important to you to present at the HACSU Conference.

This coming month, we’re awaiting the interim recommendation of the Royal Commission into Mental Health. In November, we’ll hear the first round of recommendations to address the crisis in our mental health sector. We’ll bring you more on this when the news breaks.


Pay Rises!

From the first full pay period on or after November 1st, Mental Health Professionals employed under the Public Mental Health EBA will receive their final wage increase for this EBA. This includes Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Play Therapists, Music Therapists, Physiotherapists, Recreation Therapists and Speech Pathologists.

Click here to find out more about this wage increase and how it PAYS to be a HACSU member!

2016 EBA Outcomes AH

For all members classified as Mental Health Professionals, this means you’ll receive an increase this year of 3% of your wage.

Across the term of the EBA, from 2016-2020, we've seen some fantastic outcomes for wages across the workforce. Some examples of pay increases we won together include:

$22,001 - PEN Level 2 Year 2

$34,860 - RPN Grade 2 Year 8

$33,244 - Allied Health Grade 2 Year 4

$28,449 - Clerical Worker B Year 1

$21,892 - PSO Level 2 Year 5 

HUGE wins like these only happen when we're working together as a collective union to fight for our rights!

This increase is the last for the EBA period for all workers, which means very soon we’ll start the process of collective bargaining for your next EBA!


*Please note: you will not receive the increased rate of pay from November 1st, but from the first full pay period following this date. We encourage you to check your payslip to ensure you receive the correct amount.

If you have any questions about the upcoming pay increase, please contact  or speak to your HACSU Delegate.