Together in Child Safety, Youth and Women

Staff in the Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women have an important and challenging role in working with some of the most at-risk children, young people and families across Queensland.

Right now, staff are bargaining for a new agreement that covers CSYW workers and address the key and specific issues that they face. Collective bargaining is an opportunity to make significant improvements to your working life.

Only union members can make a different in collective bargaining. If you’re not already a member, join today!

Your EB referred to arbitration

Vice President O’Connor has referred the ongoing process of negotiating your wages and conditions to arbitration.

The immediate effect of this referral is that any members currently taking protected industrial action must now stop doing that. We cannot take protected action while we are in arbitration.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact the union office. Read more here

Your say

CSYW members were asked to vote on the current offer from the Department for their collective agreement.

Steering Committee delegates do not believe the offer adequately addresses the key issues for members in CSYW. You can read the full details of the offer as at February 2019 here.

93% of members in CSYW voted to reject the offer.


Together members have applied for, and been granted, a stand-alone agreement to ensure that issues specific to your work in CSYW can be addressed.

Some of the key issues raised by members are:

  • Resourcing for reasonable workloads;
  • Fair classifications and career pathways for AO, PO and OO positions;
  • Equity between Child Safety and Youth Justice; and,
  • Safer workplaces.

Click here to see the full log of claims.

Negotiation Updates

You can keep up to date with the latest from negotiations here.

Stronger Together in CSYW – members taking action!

Winning real and meaningful action on these issues won’t come easy, but history shows that the only way we achieve significant change is through a strong union. To have a strong union, everyone needs to be a member, get active and be willing to take action around the things that matter.

In 2018, members took historic industrial action across the state to force the Department to improve their offer.

Click here to see all the actions!

Join your union

Make a difference with thousands of your colleagues by being part of your union in CSWY.

The more union members, the stronger we are in the workplace. We are always stronger together.

Join Together now


Together members have access to a range of benefits and services including professional indemnity insurance as part of their membership.

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Help at work

Together members have easy access to advice and assistant on workplace matters.

Whether it’s a question about your entitlements or your manager want to meet with you about an investigation, Together is here to help.

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