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Check out the campaign final outcome document here !

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.

When is the back pay coming?

The agreement will take 7 ‘usual working days’ to come into affect, at which point health services will be able to include the first back payment in the following pay cycle. This means that members will begin to receive payments in the first full pay cycle following April 27 2017.

A reminder that HACSU has requested the lump sum and good faith payments to be made in two separate pay cycles to avoid massive tax.

HACSU is currently in contact with the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the VHIA to organise the order in which the payments will be made. HACSU will notify members as soon as this information is available.

HACSU has developed a factsheet to help members understand what payments you can expect. Please click here to view this factsheet. 


  • 128.8 additional EFT
  • A community workload management tool
  • Major pay increases for registered nurses
  • more leave for health professionals
  • A 5% upfront pay increase for admin, clerical, allied services, managers, consumer/carer consultants and the peer workforce.
  • PEN and health professional educators
  • Paid family violence leave
  • Major improvements in the OH&S clause
  • Check out the all the outcomes here !

HACSU surveyed over 500 members, and visited over 150 workplaces in the public mental health sector, to talk about what how we can improve our EBA. Better services for clients, greater staffing number and improved safety were the three main concerns raised by HACSU members. That’s why HACSU’s campaign is fighting for SERVICE. STAFFING. SAFETY.


HACSU represents thousands of mental health workers in Victoria. As a union HACSU reflect the values that our members hold. This is why quality service provision is important to HACSU.

Through EBA bargaining, HACSU is able to help improve workforce capacity (and thus improve service delivery) through staffing profiles, training and skill development, improved classifications and new and additional positions.


In an environment of increasing demand and acuity, staffing levels and caseload management is pivotal in the delivery of quality service provision.

Members who completed HACSU EBA campaign survey indicated that improving staffing levels and workload were a major priority for the 2016 EBA bargaining round.

Over 54% of respondents said that their workload was either heavy or excessive. Appropriate  workload and staffing are critically important for not only service delivery, but safety for staff and clients. The detailed claims have been developed by members to carefully address the realities of managing workloads within the day-to-day work of mental health practitioners. 


Workplace violence (WPV) in the mental health sector has long been accepted as part of the job.

HACSU’s 2016 EBA log of claims seeks to develop a workplace environment and policy that will work to prevent violence and support staff experiencing WPV.

Some specifics include a WPV impact statement to be included in all workplace restructures and change proposals. Mandatory employer WPV reporting, WPV audits and a system to ensure MPV prevention practice and policy is and sufficiently funded. 

Key Dates

Thursday April 20  Agreement approved by the Fair Work Commission

Wednesday April 27  Backpay will be made in the first 2 full pay cycles after this date - please read details  here.

Campaign Information

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