The CYJMA EB has been certified! Here are the highlights in your EB.

Posted on May 28, 2021

The new CYJMA EB was certified by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission! Members in Child Safety and Youth Justice now have your first ever standalone EBthe Child Safety and Youth Justice Certified Agreement.

This Agreement is aimed at addressing the attraction and retention issues for our Child Safety and Youth Justice members, as well as ensuring that you are remunerated properly for the important work that you do. We’re reporting below about your 7.5% wage increase over the next 15 months, as well as a link below to a summary of the improvements won by members.

It’s been a very long and incredibly tough fight by Together members to get this far. You have stayed strong and made the right decisions during several rounds of negotiations and arbitration processes. Because you stood strong your new EB has delivered a better deal than anything which had been previously on offer.

Highlights of the EB include: 

Wages

We won increases to your real wages of 7.5% over the next 15 months. 

To do this, your new EB wage rates will be caught up to your Award wage rates, and then you will receive three increases to your wages of 2.5% as follows:

  • 1 September 2021 – 2.5%
  • 1 March 2022 – 2.5%
  • 1 September 2022 – 2.5%

These new wage rates will go a long way towards bridging the gap with your colleagues in other departments such as Queensland Health and Transport and Main Roads. 

None of this would have been possible without the patience and determination of Together members holding on through these prolonged campaign and negotiations – well done!

Improvements to conditions through:

  • Reviews of the following policies, in consultation with Together:
    • Recruitment & Selection
    • Hours of Work
    • Flexible Working Arrangements
    • Regional & Remote Incentives
  • Creating a Transfers policy;
  • Additional funding for Training & Development;
  • Training for Mental Health First Aid Officers; and,
  • No loss of any existing conditions.

Child Safety and Youth Justice specific improvements:

  • Additional 153.5 FTE positions  (a mix  of CSOs, Senior Team Leaders and Admin Officers) to address Child Safety workloads;
  • Review of all AO2 positions in CSSCs, upgrading these positions where they perform AO3 work;
  • Review of the PO progression policy;
  • Review of the suitability of the PO stream for Child Safety Officer roles;
  • Review of the AO4 Restorative Justice Convenor.

CYJMA members have also been successful in leveraging this outcome to ensure that a range of other matters, in addition to those that are included in the EB, are addressed as a priority.

This includes:

  • Fast-tracking expanded incentive payments for CSOs in areas identified as having a high number of CSO vacancies;
  • Increasing permanency amongst existing staff and ensuring that future CSO vacancies are advertised as permanent (with Regions ‘risk managing’ additional CSO positions);
  • Developing workforce plans, based on data and evidence (including feedback from staff and consultation with unions) to address identified workplace issues; and,
  • Addressing leadership and culture issues within the workplace, including a review of the ACP process.

If you have any questions about the EB, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1800 177 244 or by emailing your.union@together.org.au.

1800 177 244
members@together.org.au