If you do not believe that you have been paid the correct amount: First off, check with Payroll for the reason. If you disagree with Payroll’s assessment of your employment status or the reasons they provide, call HACSU Assist on 1300 651 931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paid time release for all DHHS members to get an update on the EBA & Privatisation. Members will be able to ask the State Secretary questions.
DHHS DDSO’s will receive a 3% wage increase this Thursday 18 January 2018. This has been won by HACSU members campaigning to protect disability services. The increase is detailed in the settlement document (click here to view) provided to the HACSU DHHS members at the state-wide meeting on December 19, 2017 and emailed to all members (who have provided HACSU with a valid email address) on the same day.
Abstracts close Friday 12th January for the National Conference on Bullying, Harassing & Discriminating Behaviour Solutions. 12-13 April 2018 @ Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
HACSU members will be marching with a huge union movement contingent in Melbourne's annual Pride march on Sunday 28 January 2018 in St Kilda. The theme this year is #BeyondYes.
The Victorian Government announced today they are proceeding to put DHHS services out to tender to the non-government sector. This is an extremely disappointing development and HACSU remains opposed to privatisation.
There is an issue affecting half of Villa Maria's staff regarding underpayments and overpayments that has primarily been occurring from 2015 onwards but also last 6 years for some employees. Re-imbursement will be occurring on 21 December 2017, March 2018 and June 2018.
HACSU Members are stopping work and joining a State Wide Meeting this Tuesday 19th December. We are fighting to protect our jobs, wages, rights and entitlements. After 2 years of fighting, here is a reminder of the hard won conditions that we are fighting to protect.
You have the right to be in a safe workplace free from violence, harassment and bullying. Following the recent poll of DHHS HSRs HACSU members are reminded all DHHS employees are required to abide by the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct
HACSU members are reminded to support our members’ campaign for a new EBA, and, protections in the event of privatisation of services. The following Bans apply
“It is very important not to enter these debates with emotive arguments. It has to be about what the evidence says is effective,” Lloyd Williams said. “All the evidence points to MSIC’s saving lives. In the Kings Cross area in Sydney, for example, drug-injecting usage has actually declined on a per capita basis since the introduction of a MSIC in 2001.”
Victoria’s mental health professionals receive their next (and biggest) 3.25% yearly pay rise today under the new EBA won by members.
From 1 November 2017, the Victorian Government committed to expand DWES to include all disability services. It's a part of the Victorian Government's response to the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services.
Disability workers will campaign for quality public disability services in Victoria and against the Andrews Government’s proposed privatisation in the Northcote by-election, while continuing to put pressure on in regional marginal seats of Ripon & Bendigo East.
We just met with the DHHS again on Thursday 14/9 and unfortunately while we can't report any major progress, discussions are continuing and scheduled again for next week. We are pursuing our pay claim and will continue to do so.
Although bans after consultation with our members it has become apparent that there are significant concerns and no clarity about the classification level or roles/functions of the proposed Justice positions.
The DHHS has notified HACSU of a number of proposed service changes. With the EBA campaign still ongoing, members should not participate or make comment on change proposal/s distributed.
The DHHS recently provided detail of its proposal allocation for Justice Teams, read more about . Professional development and support - DHHS training options.
Disability workers from Melbourne’s Eastern and Southern Metro Regions will take strike action today, protesting the Victorian Government’s failure to resolve a serious dispute over care quality, job security and wages and conditions. There’s 1,622 staff supporting 1,258 clients in 193 residential units in the Melbourne and Southern Metropolitan Regions.
G4S security staff at Forensicare (Thomas Embling Hospital), Victoria’s only secure forensic hospital, have commenced protected industrial action following a breakdown in negotiations for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) with G4S, the hospital’s security contractor.
NDIS preparation causes workload pressures for group home staff. Transfer of DHHS Planning and Intake functions to the NDIA. DHHS clarifies DAS staff role in clients’ NDIS service agreements. HACSU members should not participate in e-DINMA trial.
As of Friday 21st July 2017, the new enterprise agreement for Tipping and Vista workers was approved by the Fair Work Commission. This agreement has been 3 years in the making and has brought much need improvements to conditions. Congratulations to all the hard working members who participated in bans and made this new deal possible.
EBA negotiations have been continuing at a very slow pace while HACSUs’ demand the Government come to an agreement to protect member’s ongoing wages and conditions in the event of privatisation. The Government has made no offers to secure an agreement on the issues which has significantly slowed the negotiation process.
The department advised HACSU that due to a fault in its SAP system 154 DAS employees who are on higher duties from 25 June – 8 July and receive commuted allowance and penalties were going to be underpaid in pay period 1 [this coming pay].
Free forums for workers in the non-government, not for profit and community sector disability services. HACSU has begun discussions with over 40 non-government disability service providers about disability support worker wages and working conditions going into the future. This forum is an important opportunity for HACSU to engage with members regarding these discussions.
The Psychologists agreement is now in the process of being certified by the Fair Work Commission. The length of this process is not bound by any time restraints and will depend on the Commissioner appointed and the backlog of other agreements waiting to be certified.
The HACSU Branch committee of Management (BCOM) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to be appointed to a casual vacancy as an ‘Ordinary Member’.
On 19 April the giant timber industry corporation Carter Holt Harvey locked out the entire workforce at its Myrtleford ply board manufacturing site.
From 1st July 2017, HACSU membership fees will increase in line with the costs associated with inflation, employment and new campaigns around the NDIS rollout, to stop the privatisation of public disability services and key mental health services, and underfunding of mental health and disability services overall.
Last weekend, at the Australian Labor Party State Conference, HACSU called on the State Government to uphold the commitments made in the 2014 Victorian ALP Platform and immediately suspend the closure of the Eastern View, Ballarat Community Care Unit.
A message from State Secretary Lloyd Williams EOI Factsheet - Frequently Asked Questions What will the EOI mean for DHHS workers? HACSU letter to Labor MPs - 5 facts about the NDIS
Public disability carers/support workers from across Victoria will take strike action tomorrow to protest against the Victorian Government’s privatisation of Victorian public disability services and their refusal to enter into serious negotiations over job security and improvements to wages and conditions.
Since Yooralla put their final EBA settlement offer to us in late March, HACSU has consulted with our Yooralla DSW members across April. The overwhelming response from HACSU members is that the current Yooralla proposed agreement is not acceptable.
HACSU is pleased to inform members that the union and Tipping have now finalised all matters on the enterprise agreement. It is now up to members to vote on the agreement at the upcoming EBA voting sessions. HACSU supports this agreement and encourages all members to vote YES in favour of the enhanced and improved EBA conditions that we have been fighting for since 2014.
11 am. Thursday, April 27, 2017 Dear HACSU members, I am writing to you in regard to the Victorian Government’s decision to seek Expressions Of Interest (EOI) from the non-government disability sector to run DHHS disability services.
HACSU is proud to announce that the 2016-2020 Victorian Public Mental Health EBA has been certified by the Fair Work Commission today, April 20, 2017. The EBA campaign was driven by HACSU members demanding better services, staffing, and safety to improve the working life for thousands of public mental health clinicians and support staff across Victoria.
The HSU welcomes the opportunity to make an initial submission to this important inquiry into National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs. While the terms of reference for the inquiry are narrowly defined on the scheme’s financial sustainability, we believe the Productivity Commission (the Commission) must consider whether NDIS prices and associated price-setting and review arrangements are sufficient to promote and sustain quality, innovation and choice in the provision of funded supports.
On Monday 27 March, the ABC Four Corners program ran an investigation into violence, abuse and neglect in Victorian and NSW disability accommodation services. HACSU has long fought to support members who report violence, abuse and neglect. The ABC investigation highlights concerns which have been raised by HACSU members time after time and focuses on the key challenges facing the successful rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
HACSU and Tipping appeared before the Fair Work Commission yesterday to discuss the backflip by Tipping that has resulted in delays to the EBA. Tipping has conceded that they did change their view after the parties agreed on the application of the Award, stating this was an “error” on their part and the employer has not been intentionally misleading. The employer wants to ensure “sustainability” and “viability” and to this end refuse to agree to include the Award.
The Tipping Foundation has informed HACSU that it won’t stick with what it agreed at the Fair work Commission on 3 February. This means the new Enterprise Agreement will be delayed until the issue is sorted out, the Commission has listed a conference for next Wednesday 22 March 2017.
DHHS East DAS and DHHS East Records is undertaking archiving and renewal of Accommodation Service Files (ASF) in the coming weeks as required by the RSPM. HACSU advises members that the following protected action bans apply: No. 13, Refuse to communicate with DHHS area, division or central offices, excluding payroll; and No. 4, Refuse to undertake any courier work.
The Certainty for Disability DHHS Enterprise Agreement (EA) Campaign stepped up a notch with members in the Ovens Murry and Goulbourn Area stopping work and taking to the streets of Wangaratta to protest for a new EA. HACSU Disability workers are demanding an EBA that will improve wages and conditions, but very importantly to protect our future job security, and our existing conditions we have already fought so hard for.
It is important all members are clear that despite the ongoing uncertainty, at this stage non-government or private service providers are not taking over any DHHS group homes.
PROTECTED STOP WORK ACTION WEDNESDAY MARCH 1 2pm - 4pm COLAC GROUP HOME STAFF AND COLANDA STAFF Rally at Colanda at 2.30
The ballot for the approval of the 2016 – 2020 Victorian public mental health EBA ballot has been declared won with over 99% of people voting yes! This is a fantastic result and evidence of the huge outcomes that have been won for the mental health workforce across Victoria!
FREE FORUM The NDIS, and the Privatisation of Victorian Public Disability Residential Services. For People with disabilities living in DHHS and Community residential services. Friends and family welcome!
HACSU are proud to announce drafting for the 2016-2020 Forensicare EBA has been complete with the final meeting confirming the details of the new Thomas Embling de-escalation team. The Clinical Support and De-escalation Team will involve surplus staff, comprised of nursing and non-nursing roles, who will be available to respond to crisis and emergency situations at Thomas Embling Hospital.
An agreement was reached this afternoon in the Fair Work Commission, where members have a 2-year agreement, wage increases of 2.75% for each year and a range of improvements for working conditions and job security! Amazing effort from all the members across Tipping and Vista, well done on implementing and maintaining the bans, this is an amazing win for a much deserving workforce!
HACSU exempting affected members from Ban 10 and 13. The DHHS has advised HACSU that the NDIA is going to undertake one state-wide recruitment round, which will open on 20th March 2017. This is for all DHHS Client Services staff who undertake intake and planning functions. These functions will transfer from the DHHS to the NDIA under the NDIS. To date, the NDIA recruitment process has been conducted area by area.
HACSU has been contacted by a number of members concerned about the change to payslips by way of removing Long Service Leave (LSL) balances
The HACSU Branch committee of Management (BCOM) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to be appointed to a casual vacancy as an ‘Ordinary Member’.
HACSU understands management are instructing HACSU members to complete paper based forms for the Restrictive Intervention Data System (RIDS). HACSU notes this directive is wrong.
The phase 2 protected action bans will begin on Monday January 23. All shifts beginning on January 23rd, and all those there after will inact the phase 2 bans. This means the bans will not apply for sleep overs and active nights beginning on Sunday the 22nd. Phase 2 includes all remaining bans. Note that ban 18, participate in stop work bans for a period from 1 hour up to 24 hours, is currently not active. members will be notified when this ban will take place. A phase 2 factsheet has been emailed to all members who are subscribed to HACSU emails. Members can also download a copy from www.hacsu.asn.au. If you have any questions or concerns please contact HACSU Assist at email@example.com or call 1300 651 931.
The new EBA has now been finalised and provided to each health service. From this Saturday, January 21st, the EBA access period will begin, meaning that members will be able to view the new EBA for the following 7 days.
HACSU has met with the VHIA and the Department to finalise the drafting of the 2016-2020 Victorian Public Mental Health EBA. The Draft EBA has now been submitted for legal clause numbering and revision by legal experts. A timeline has been drafted in which we expect to see the completion of the EBA.
Position: Area Organiser: Organising and Campaigning Employer: Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) Work Type/s: Full Time
HACSU will not accept DHHS roster reviews to commence, continue or be posted during the period of protected actions.
Today HACSU and the VHIA have resolved the outstanding issues for the final drafting of the 2016-2020 Victorian Public Mental Health and Forensicare EBAs.
BANS IMPLEMENTATION – Phase 1, Beginning Wednesday December 21 at 6am. We will be staging the bans so that they have increasing impact on management, but with minimum impact on clients. There will be three stages of bans. Phase 1 will begin on Wednesday December 21 at 6am. HACSU will notify members when further bans are to be implemented in 2017. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHASE 1 BANS FACTSHEET
Negotiaitons between HACSU and the DHHS continue and to date we have met eleven times. So far we have discussed: the Colanda closure, the rollout of the NDIS, a Statewide Roster Review process, annual increments for casuals, family violence leave, Long Service Leave accrual, improving the sleepover disturbance allowance and amending the Introduction of Change clause.