This morning the Community Public Sector Union made claims that under the proposed Enterprise Agreement, staff can be forced to change their hours and work location every four weeks, and work split shifts. These claims are not correct.
The IBM contract announced on 11 March 2016 provides for a range hardware, software, and IT support services to be provided to the Department. Under the contract these services are being provided to the Department as a whole, not to a specific project or initiative.
The following Letter to the Editor was provided to the Canberra Times in response to an article that had incorrect information about the access to support and leave for employees affected by domestic and family violence.
On 1 March 2016, an advertisement ran in the Kingborough Chronicle incorrectly advising that Centrelink and Medicare services at Kingston would move to Hobart.
The following advice was provided to the Community and Public Sector Union in response to a CPSU media release (Malcolm Turnbull making life harder for working parents, 22 February 2016) containing inaccurate claims about the Department of Human Services January 2016 draft Enterprise Agreement.
The Department of Human Services (the department) initially established a panel for Front of House Marketing and Design Services following the integration of Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support in 2011.
This statement was provided to media in response to questions about the decision to reschedule the staff vote on the revised agreement:
Staffing levels at the Department of Human Services have not decreased in 2014-15.
The department’s workforce increased by 117 – from 34,773 on 1 July 2014 to 34,890 on 30 June 2015.
The total number includes 31,094 ongoing and 3796 non-ongoing, as at 30 June 2015.
This statement was provided to media in response to questions about whether a decision had been made to privatise Australian Hearing, following the release of the Department of Human Services Annual Report 2014–15:
The following statement was provided in response to questions about how casuals should be paid penalty rates: