Child Safety and AS&RS up for tender?

Posted December 17, 2013 by Together Queensland

As many workers wind down for Christmas you know that these festive months can be some of the hardest for your clients and for you at work.

Today we've got two quick updates about some ongoing critical issues in Child Safety and AS&RS.


Child safety should not be up for tender

Yesterday the government released their response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. The Government accepted (either fully or in principle) all of the recommendations made by Commissioner Carmody.

Some of what the Carmody Inquiry recognised is what you and your colleagues have known for years - Child Safety workers are overworked and under-resourced.

Campbell Newman has decided that instead of employing more child protection workers his government will outsource sections of Child Safety - passing off their responsibility for the safety of Queensland children to the chronically underfunded non-government sector.

Protecting Queensland children is everyone's business. However Campbell Newman and his government have a specific and absolute responsibility to ensure that Queensland children live free from harm.

The safety of Queensland's children should never be up for tender.

Carmody certainly got one thing right - recommending caseloads be capped. Instead of moving on this immediately the government is choosing to wait for the number of reported cases to be reduced.

It's time for Campbell Newman to get serious about child protection this Christmas and enforce reasonable caseload caps now.

Tomorrow delegates will ask preliminary questions about the recommendations and what they will mean for you at the Agency Consultative Committee meeting. Then on Thursday local union contacts and workplace delegates will join a state-wide teleconference to talk about where you want to go from here.

If you have any questions or feedback you should talk to your local union contact or workplace delegate so they can feed this back centrally.


AS&RS workers deserve a say

On Friday, without consulting you or your union representatives the department officially advertised AS&RS services for tender.

Despite putting AS&RS out for tender the Department still insists the decision to outsource 'hasn't been made yet' and that as a result there is no more information to offer you.

This is a slap in the face to workers like you who have already spent over six months, since the Commission of Audit announcement, feeling uncertain about the future.

As the Department refuses to provide you with the information they should, the assistance of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission is being sought to force the department to provide you with greater certainty about the future of AS&RS.

You'll receive further updates as more information becomes available.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback you should speak to your local union delegate.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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