Update for DCDSS

Posted on July 21, 2020

Please see below for a number of updates across the Department.

LCC for Community Services & State-wide Operations and Community Recovery

Local Consultative Committees (LCCs) are forums on which union representatives and management representatives sit, with the purpose of addressing and resolving issues at the local level, consulting over workplace changes, and information sharing on other work-related matters.

Your delegates have been seeking to set up LCCs to ensure that different areas, with different workplace issues, have a voice.

The Department has proposed a LCC to cover the following areas:

  • Community Services and State-wide Operations
    • Community Needs Analysis and Investment
    • Community Program Coordination
    • State-wide Operations
  • Community Recovery
    • Operations
    • Strategy and Engagement

While we have some existing delegates from these areas, we are keen to have as broad representation as possible. It’s important for each area to have a voice at the table in this LCC.

As a LCC representative, your role would be to gather feedback from members and represent those views in meetings, raise agenda items as necessary and report back the discussions and outcomes from LCC meetings. Your union can also provide you with further support, information and training on how to make the best of Consultative Committees.

If you are from any of these areas and would be interested in becoming a LCC representative, or proxy, please respond to this email by COB Friday 24th July.

COVID-19/Return to Office planning

We continue to meet with the Department regularly to resolve any issues arising from return to office operations and any other COVID-19-related matters. If you have any issues relating to returning to the office, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing yourunion@together.org.au so we can raise these for resolution.

Changes to the Public Service Act

On Thursday 16 July, significant amendments to the Public Service Act were tabled in Parliament. The proposed amendments and associated changes to the Public Service Commission Directives, have the potential to significantly improve members’ rights in relation to long term higher duties, discipline, investigations and conversion of temporary employees.

On 9 July, the Treasurer also announced a range of changes in relation to recruitment policies for public service departments as well as a range of other budgetary measures.

Additionally, your union has submitted an application in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission for a 1.75% wage increase from 1 September 2020 for the Public Service Award.

In light of the current limitations on workplace meetings due to COVID-19, your union office will be holding a Zoom video conference every fortnight from Wednesday 22 July to brief members on these issues and other workplace matters.

Meeting details:

Date: Wednesday 22 July, 2020
Time: 1:00PM
Registration is required.

1800 177 244