Update on your EB ballot + what are your COVID-19 questions?

Posted on April 7, 2020

Yesterday, you would have heard from your Director-General about a 'pause' in your EB ballot that was due to open on 13 April.

We have emphasised to the Department that we understand the Premier’s comments, regarding a 'pay freeze' for public servants, should not have any impact on your EB. We have already given in-principle agreement, and wage increases will be decided by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and if the ballot does not proceed then we will still be in arbitration. 

You are hard-working public servants who deserve to see the other improvements in this EB. You will continue to do essential, frontline work during this crisis. You deserve better.

We are continuing to follow up with the Departments and government centrally to progress the ballot as soon as possible. As soon as we have more information we will let you know.


Youth Detention Centres are essential services and you will be part of the frontline in ensuring that the COVID-19 response is safe and appropriate for your workplace and young people.

Here is some information about types of leave available to you during this time. DYJ has confirmed that the Special Pandemic Leave Directive will apply to casuals.

If you are in a vulnerable category, your line manager should have already spoken to you about how to keep you safe during this pandemic. If that has not occurred, please contact your union on youthjustice@together.org.au or 1800 177 244.

Your delegates have been actively following up with management at both YDCs, and the Department centrally, to ask and get answers to your questions. There is a lot of information going around, so if you have any questions – or want us to put questions to management – please contact us on youthjustice@together.org.au or by calling 1800 177 244.

Here is a poster if you want to put it up around units or your YDC to remind people that their union is there for them.

1800 177 244