Yesterday evening, news.com.au once more ran a misleading story about the department’s debt recovery processes, attempting to again wrongly link it to the online compliance system. Had the department been afforded an opportunity to investigate the cases featured in the story prior to publishing, we would have quickly corrected this erroneous assumption.
Claims made recently about the Department of Human Services’ use of external collection agents are inaccurate and require clarification.
As a result of further discussions held under the auspices of the Fair Work Commission (the Commission):
- the CPSU has agreed to withdraw its current notices of industrial action commencing in the week of 13 February 2017 at the Department of Human Services (the Department); and
- the Department has agreed to withdraw its application for an order to stop etc (unprotected) industrial action.