Community & disability services newsletter

Posted on
July 13, 2020
Social Community and Disability Sector

Your sector update.

HACSU has been busy advocating in the Fair Work Commission over the past two weeks 

There was a hearing on 25-26 June before five members of the Fair Work Commission to consider our claim for paid pandemic leave for health,aged care and social and community support workers, and we argued these workers need paid leave when required to quarantine, self-isolate or when they contract Covid-19. 

There was a separate hearing on 1-2 July to consider a claim for a COVID-19 allowance for disability support workers, and HACSU members and expert witnesses gave compelling evidence in support of our claims. We’ll let you know when the Fair Work Commission makes a decision about both of these things.  


Portable Long Service Leave push 

We’re once again trying to push forward the case for a portable long service leave scheme for the disability services sector and met with many employers two weeks ago to push the case for the scheme and we have organised for Mick Anderson, Tasmanian secretary of the CEPU and board member of TasBuild, to speak to the sector next week. 

TasBuild is the portable Long Service Leave scheme that covers Tasmanians construction sector and we would like to see a similar scheme for disability and community service sectors. We will keep you up to date as we move forward in pushing for this important scheme.

NDIS worker screening delayed until 2021 

The NDIS Worker Screening Check is a new nationally consistent criminal history screening for workers who deliver supports to NDIS participants, and for workers employed by a registered NDIS service provider who have more than incidental contact with a person with a disability, the check will be mandatory. Originally, the check was meant to launch on 1 July 2020, however has now been delayed to at least 1 February 2021.


NDIS code of conduct 

We’re starting to see a number of providers questioning staff members about their knowledge of the NDIS Code of Conduct for workers,and in some instances workers are being stood down for breaches of the code.  

While it is important that staff members working in the NDIS understand the requirements, it’s not a requirement that you have to stand and take a pop quiz in front of your other workmates while working.  

The NDIS code of conduct is there to promote a safe and ethical service delivery by setting out expectations for safe and ethical services and support for both NDIS workers and providers and we suggest members familiarise themselves with the NDIS Code of Conduct - Guidance for workers


Do you have a copy of your workplace agreement or award? 

We’re often contacted by workers with questions about where to find the right information for their workplace - your employer should provide you with a copy of the award or the agreement you work under, and it’s always handy to know where that copy is so you can check the relevant clauses for answers to any questions you might have. 

For example, if you work under the Multi-Employer agreement and are curious about how many weeks in advance you should get your roster, you could have a look and find that the answer is four weeks’ notice. 

If there isn’t a copy of your award or agreement available,you can ask management to place one in your workplace, or give us a call so we can point you in the right direction. 

You can contact us on 1300 880 032 or with any questions about your award or agreement.


Are you being underpaid? 

We’ve had several calls highlighting underpayment issues with employers and we recently helped support workers for a private sector disability provider who believed that they had been under paid overtime. 

The HACSUassist team worked with these two members to look at some sample periods from their payslips and discovered evidence that there’d been at least one instance of both workers being underpaid. 

When we showed the employer, there was a full audit of both workers’ pay that proved both members had indeed been underpaid and were both owed just over $3000, and both workers were excited to get the news they’d be paid the wages they were owed in the next fortnight. 

HACSU is here to help so if you believe there are issues with your pay or underpayments have been made, contact HACSUassist to find out further information on 1300 880 032 or at

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

Social Community and Disability Sector