$200 million investment in Child Safety
On Saturday, Minister Fentiman announced a $200 million funding package for Child Safety as part of this year’s state budget.
This will mean almost 300 new positions! Even better, nearly all of these positions are based in Child Safety Service Centres – and each and every position in a CSSC is vital in providing frontline services. The announcement includes higher-level CSSC-based positions to provide better career progression opportunities for Child Safety staff, the establishment of a relief pool for Child Safety Officers, and a roll-out of new phones.
Your delegate Jo O’Shanesy was at the Minister’s announcement on behalf of Together members across the state. Like a lot of you, Jo has been working tirelessly as a Child Safety activist for many years and represented the passion and dedication that Child Safety staff have for their job.
Jo said: “We do this job because we love it – we love the children and families we work with. We do this job because we want to see our society grow stronger and better. It’s tough, but we are first responders – like ambulance officers, like police officers. We are there at the coalface to say, ‘this is tough, but we can help you’. Children are our hope for our society, and the work that has happened, and listening to what the needs are for our children are, will make a really big difference. We’ve said Children Can’t Wait and we have been heard.”
While we are still working through the detail, we do know that:
- The message that Service Centres need more administrative and support staff – who are vital in ensuring that CSSCs are able to keep running – was heard loud and clear, with a significant proportion of the new positions being Administration Officers and Child Safety Support Officers
- New senior positions to provide career paths for professional and administrative staff within CSSCs so experienced and dedicated staff can continue to work directly with families and newer CSSC staff
- A relief pool of Child Safety Officers will be established to allow for backfill when staff are on leave. This is a crucial measure to address workload issues.
Once we have further detail we will back in touch with members to see what that looks like for you and your CSSC.
Of course, this announcement does not fix the funding model for the department – that campaign is still ongoing, and still as important as ever. We’ll talk about next steps for this in the near future.
This is a great budget announcement, and members across the state should be really proud about the work you have done as part of the Children Can’t Wait campaign to see this happen. This announcement shows what a difference working together as union members can make. Make sure you take a moment to congratulate yourself and your fellow Together members on securing this incredible funding increase in a difficult budget environment!
Thank you for the work you do.