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2018-04-24

A mass meeting attended by over 350 DHHS members today voted overwhelmingly to support the proposed HACSU EBA and to support a YES VOTE in formal EBA postal ballot which will commence next week.

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2018-04-20

HACSU representatives have recently met with TTF and HWNS. This meeting was to discuss the changes that may affect you.

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2018-04-19

Over 50 HACSU members were at the Change the Rules mass delegates meeting on on Tuesday - where the Melbourne Town Hall was at capacity with 1600 union delegates, and another 200 spilled outside watching the speeches on their phones and feeling the buzz of excitement through the walls.

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2018-04-17

After six years of conflict - we've reached a turning point. The union received formal confirmation late this afternoon that Eastern Health has finally agreed to all of HACSU members' claims.

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2018-04-17

By leaving it blank it sends a message to Yooralla management that your views must be considered when make changes like this.

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2018-04-16

RMIT is advertising this scholarship opportunity which may be of interest to HACSU members working in social work and management of social services.

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2018-04-13

Are you an organiser, activist, or union delegate with a passion for workers’ rights? This is your chance to work for a progressive union which is making a huge impact in the Victorian community sector.

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2018-04-13

Future Social Services Institute is offering scholarships for people working in the disability sector. Scholarships applications for Certificate IV in Individual Support Disability are now open and close on 3 June 2018.

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2018-04-10

After years of persistent campaigning by HACSU members, we have reached an agreement for the next EBA. Bans will cease from 9am Wednesday 11 April. HACSU mass meeting to be held at Moonee Valley Racecourse Tuesday 24 April.

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2018-04-05

In the course of negotiations for a replacement four-year enterprise agreement (EBA), HACSU industrial advisors identified that the rates of pay for a number of DDSO classifications had fallen below the Modern Award (SCHADS). The reason this has occurred is due to the impact of the Equal Pay Case and the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO), which HACSU won for disability workers in the non-government sector in 2012.

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2018-04-04

HACSU organisers have been hearing reports from members that Yooralla workers have been told that they "must sign their contracts by Monday 9th April." HACSU organisers are meeting with Yooralla management on the 10th April to discuss the contracts. All employees have the right to refuse to sign any contract. It remains HACSU’s advice not to sign the contracts until Yooralla has consulted with HACSU about the terms of these contracts.

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2018-04-01

This is literally not an April Fool's Joke. Thank a union member, not the Easter Bunny.

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2018-03-28

Happy Easter Long Weekend! If you're

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2018-03-28

HACSU is advising all members not to sign the contracts. At this stage, if your service manager questions why you aren’t signing the contract inform them it is upon advice from HACSU.

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2018-03-21

HACSU understands NDIS Planners are often asking DHHS House Supervisors to sign documents and to represent residents at their NDIS planning meetings. This is despite residents who need support with decision-making not having independent representation at these meetings.

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2018-03-19

Was advertised as Sunshine DHHS offices, now going to be held at Sunshine Gold Club, 475 Mt Derrimut Rd, Derrimut. Werribee meeting still happening at Eagle Stadium, Ballan Rd.

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2018-03-15

Meetings upcoming in Sunshine & Werribee this Tuesday 20th March

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2018-03-13

11am this Friday 16th march at The Dandenong Oasis.

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2018-03-13

Find out how to get the most out of the new EBA at HACSU member meetings (new members welcome- membership forms available at the meeting!) March 20-28 in Preston, Cranbourne, Box Hill, Traralgon & Benalla.

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2018-03-07

Abstract submissions close on Thursday 5 April 2018. The annual Vic Collab Conference aims to provide an accessible and supportive environment for first time conference presenters and/or early-career nurses to participate. Graduate nurses and post-graduate nursing students are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. First time presenters are eligible for the 2018 First Time Presenters Prize. #collab18

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2018-03-01

We're celebrating the diversity of women who make our union strong. The first of many portraits will hang in the HACSU offices so that all union women's story and the contribution they make to our union, community and lives, is not forgotten.

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2018-02-28

In addition to the HACSU member meetings happening in regional cities and towns across the state - metro meetings have not been scheduled to answer HACSU members' questions about privatisation and the new EBA face-to-face. Preston - Broadmeadows - Box Hill - Croydon - Frankston - Werribee - Sunshine

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2018-02-26

On 23 March 2018, the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner (MHCC) will be holding its inaugural Learning from Complaints Forum, which will focus on the important issue of ensuring sexual safety in acute mental health inpatient units.

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2018-02-26

The new EBA will come into effect on Friday 2nd March 2018. Over the next week Yooralla will begin implementing many of the changes. Your HACSU industrial advocates will be releasing more detailed information over the coming week and we will be holding meetings to with union members to discuss the changes and how they may affect your workplace.

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2018-02-22

The BCOM is responsible for overseeing the sound and ethical governance and strategic direction of the Union, similar to a company board. BCOM members have an obligations under the Union’s rules and the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act to exercise their duty at all times with care and diligence, in good faith and in the best interest of the organisation.

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2018-02-22

Learn, fight, connect and party - #WRAWFest is a week jampacked with feminist unionist action!

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2018-02-20

Your HACSU Industrial team’s analysis of the proposed DHHS statewide restructure shows HACSU members are affected by this proposed change.

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2018-02-15

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 hacsu@hacsu.asn.au

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2018-02-09

Don't panic, you'd already know if you were on the DWES list.

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2018-02-08

Your chance to ask questions and clarify the Privatisation Agreement and get the latest on the EBA.

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2018-02-08

As a result of negotiations between HACSU and the DHHS regarding the creation of new Disability Justice Teams across the state, HACSU members have won the following outcomes.

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2018-02-06

If HACSU members are impacted clause 12 Introduction of Change of the Enterprise Agreement applies which requires the DHHS to consult with HACSU. Members should contact HACSU Assist should they have any concerns regarding this proposal.

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2018-02-02

Your chance to ask questions and clarify the Privatisation Agreement and get the latest on the EBA.

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2018-01-24

We are currently seeking to fill three vacancies: Admin, Growth Organiser and Relief Organiser. Applications close 5 February 2018.

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2018-01-24

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.

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2018-01-15

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.

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2018-01-10

Abstracts close Friday 12th January for the National Conference on Bullying, Harassing & Discriminating Behaviour Solutions. 12-13 April 2018 @ Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

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2018-01-04

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.

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2017-12-22

Offices will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

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2017-12-19

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.

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2017-12-15

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.

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2017-12-15

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.

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2017-12-05

Tuesday December 19, Meeting 11am - 1pm followed by a BBQ. Victorian Trades Hall Council Building - Cnr Victoria and Lygon Streets in Carlton 3053

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2017-12-05

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

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2017-12-05

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

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2017-12-01

The December rate is an increase of the Equal Remuneration Order, as won by HACSU and other unions.

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2017-11-29

November 29 - DHHS EBA / PRIVATISATION NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

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2017-11-02

Last week the Andrews Government finally reacted to our escalating Protect Disability Care campaign in the Northcote by-election and other marginal seats around Victoria.

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2017-10-31

“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.”

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2017-10-31

Victoria’s mental health professionals receive their next (and biggest) 3.25% yearly pay rise today under the new EBA won by members.

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2017-10-25

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.

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2017-10-17

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.

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2017-10-13

Make a call, wear a lanyard, come to Delegates Conference, join the online community.

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2017-10-10

Stop Work 12pm-3pm Rally 1.30pm outside Labor For Northcote Campaign Office

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2017-09-28

HACSU has written to the DHHS regarding a dozen matters.

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2017-09-15

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.

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2017-08-28

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.

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2017-08-22

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.

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2017-08-18

Please update your address with the AEC before Thursday 24 August (and with us too!) in order to receive your postal plebiscite ballot to the correct address. Take action for marriage equality with our Enrol for Equality phonebank!

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2017-08-18

Congratulations to HACSU members for your excellent work being recognised for what it truly is!

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2017-08-14

The DHHS recently provided detail of its proposal allocation for Justice Teams, read more about . Professional development and support - DHHS training options.

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2017-08-14

And make front page news in the Colac Herald!

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2017-08-09

Take part in 5 days of campaign activity to demand that Jacinta Allan & the Labor Government keep their promise: provide certainty for disability workers & clients, don't privatise DHHS group homes!

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2017-08-03

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.

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2017-08-03

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.

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2017-08-02

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.

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2017-08-01

Please download a copy of this notice here - print and display this notice at your workplace!

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2017-07-31

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.

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2017-07-14

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.

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2017-07-13

Yooralla management have advised HACSU that they are ceasing negotiations on the DSW EBA and will ask staff to vote on a new agreement shortly.

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2017-07-10

BALLARAT REGION STOP WORK: 9am - 12pm RALLY: 9.30am STAWELL /ARARAT REGION STOP WORK: 12pm - 4pm MEMBERS’ MEETING: 12.30pm RALLY & BBQ: 2.30pm

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2017-07-04

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].

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2017-06-21

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.

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2017-06-15

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.

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2017-06-09

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’.

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2017-06-09

On 19 April the giant timber industry corporation Carter Holt Harvey locked out the entire workforce at its Myrtleford ply board manufacturing site.

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2017-06-02

DHHS Disability members have been taking the fight up to Andrews Government to protect our job security, working conditions and quality services in the face of Labor’s plans to privatise public disability services.

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2017-05-25

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.

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2017-05-25

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.

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2017-05-12

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

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2017-05-09

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.

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2017-05-01

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.

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2017-04-29

PROTECTED STOP WORK ACTION STATEWIDE MASS MEETING! WEDNESDAY MAY 10 Meeting + BBQ at 11am Rally at 12pm Victorian Trades Hall Council Building

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2017-04-27

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.

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2017-04-27

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.

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2017-04-21

HACSU notified Jewish Care last week that we are in dispute about their failure to consult on the major change to employees’ rosters and working hours announced recently.

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2017-04-20

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.

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2017-04-13

Bargaining update ACTION CONTINUES ACROSS THE STATE On-call/Re-call ban Colanda action DHHS Easter Fact sheet Training and Professional Development Survey - competition winner! Family Violence Workforce Census

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2017-04-07

MEETINGS TO DISCUSS YOORALLA’S EBA OFFER. HACSU is seeking feedback from all members on this offer and therefore require ALL members to attend meetings as scheduled.

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2017-04-03

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.

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