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Department of Human Services' employees accept new enterprise agreement

Media statement from Australian Public Service Commissioner, the Hon John Lloyd

14 September 2017

I welcome the vote by employees at the Department of Human Services (DHS) to accept their new enterprise agreement. DHS employees will shortly receive a 3% pay rise.

Employees at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) also yesterday accepted a new enterprise agreement.

Both the DHS and ACARA enterprise agreements offer employees reasonable remuneration increases, generous terms and conditions of employment and improved workplace flexibility that balances agencies’ operations with the needs of employees.

The tactics of the Community and Public Sector Union have not been constructive for most of the bargaining process. However, recently the union appears to have stepped back and ran a neutral campaign in DHS. Employees would rightly ask the union for an explanation as to why they have waited so long for their pay rise.

As at 14 September 2017, in this bargaining round 123 new enterprise agreements have been made in accordance with Government policy.

Only 2.6% of Australian Public Service employees remain in bargaining for a new enterprise agreement. Employees at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection continue to await the outcome of an arbitration process which resulted from actions taken by the CPSU.

I encourage the parties still engaged in bargaining to move forward in a pragmatic fashion to settle new agreements.

Agreements reached during the early stages of the bargaining round will reach their expiry date by mid-2018. This means employees and the agencies involved will soon be contemplating bargaining agendas for the next enterprise agreement.

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Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018