HSIA delegates update

Posted on September 18, 2015

The Together HSIA delegates met with management this week for the HSIA consultative forum and discussed the following:

Long Term Temporary Staff

Delegates raised the issue of members within HSIA are employed in what are essentially permanent roles on a "temporary" basis.

The Palaszczuk government has an employment security policy, which you can view here. The policy states clearly that: "casual or temporary forms of employment should only be utilised where permanent employment is not viable or appropriate. Agencies are encouraged to utilise workforce planning and management strategies to assist in determining the appropriate workforce mix for current and future needs."

HSIA has done significant work to identify approximately 400 temporary positions that are either:

  1. Long term temporary staff who meet requirements to transition to permanent
  2. Temporary positions that should be permanent

Rachel Borger A/Director People & Culture indicated that they are developing a process to convert long term temporary members to permanent and also reiterated that there would be no reduction in staff numbers or reductions in services. This process would involve both looking at temporary positions and also those that have been acting in higher positions over a period of time using closed merit processes where possible.

You can read the temporary to permanency policy here.

Delegates will continue to meet with management on a fortnightly basis to discuss this ongoing process.

If you are currently employed on a "temporary" basis but you would prefer permanency, please email health@together.org.au 

Collectively, we will be in a much stronger position to ensure a temporary-to-permanent conversion as a united group than as individuals acting alone.

To make sure everyone has the best chance to secure a conversion, please forward this to your colleagues and ask those who are not members to join you so we can maximise employment permanency at HSIA.


Delegates raised the issue of backfilling when members are off on leave.  Positions will be backfilled if a workload issue is created, if you have workload issues within your workplace contact health@together.org.au


From Wednesday a new process has been implemented by Department of Health that supports better monitoring of contractor usage and principles to support appropriate engagement of contractors across the department.

Within HSIA there are 110 contractors engaged and Management want to restrict the number of contractors within HSIA.

This is great news for HSIA members that in the future permanently hired employees will be hired over contractors wherever possible.

Accommodation Plan

The accommodation plan was endorsed by the Departmental Leadership Team (DLT) Ehealth members are affected by these changes you can view a copy of the documents here.

Principles focussed on:

  • minimising change where possible given likely relocation for the Department in 12 to 18 months
  • centralising Strategy, Policy and Planning Division, and Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division within QHB, and moving sections of Corporate Services Division out of QHB

It is proposed that the accommodation changes occur over 4 stages to stagger moves.  For instance, eHealth Qld moves in the first stage, to free up space for Finance Branch who moves in the second week.

The focus will be on supporting those Branches/staff who are impacted as opposed to communicating with all staff regarding changes to accommodation.

Susan Middleditch is happy to speak to impacted members should you have additional queries.

If you are affected by accommodation changes and would like to discuss these impacts or have questions please contact health@together.org.au

Will you nominate to become a contact or delegate for your area?

Nominations are open now and will close on Friday 2 October 2015 at 5pm.

We are looking to ensure that all areas of HSIA have contacts and are supported and represented.

We’d love to have you on board and will provide every support.

If you need any more information or want to nominate for your area email us at health@together.org.au

Do you have an issue?

If you have specific issues at your office you are able to raise these issues if they have not been resolved at the HSIA consultative forum which is held on a bi monthly basis where HSIA delegates are in attendance for you. 

If you wish to raise issues at this forum please let us know by emailing health@together.org.au

With your energy and support, Together HSIA  members can change things for the better.

Remember – the only way that payroll workers' can maintain decent working conditions and quality services for Queenslanders is by being a strong union.

Encourage your colleagues to join you. They can join online here.

Please pass this communication on to everyone in your area.

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