Thanks to the efforts of members, broadbanding arrangements and an agreed policy are in your Agreement. Your representatives have now negotiated the proposed broadbanding policy, guidelines and workbooks.
It's now time for members to vote
Members will decide if the CPSU accepts the proposed policy, guidelines, and
workbooks. Please note that this vote is not about the content of the Agreement,
we cannot change that until 2014. On Tuesday 10 July, the DHS CPSU Section
Council recommended that members vote in favour of the proposed broadbanding
The ballot is open and closes on Thursday 19 July. Voting is for members only
and is online here
If members support the arrangements we will work with DHS so they are in
place before 1 August 2012 and our members can commence the advancement process.
If members reject the proposed arrangements, we will need to restart
negotiations on the arrangements. This means we would not meet the time line in
the DHS Agreement 2011-2014.
Broadbanding in human services
Broadbands provide advancement across classifications where there are a job
of duties within a span of work value. The DHS Agreement has five broadbanded
APS3-4 external customer service roles (such as Service or Smart
Centres and Medicare branches)
APS4-5 in Public Affairs
APS5-6 in the ICT job stream
APS5-6 in the Legal job stream
APS5-6 in the Professional job stream (such as Social Workers, JCAs, or
As part of your Agreement, we needed to develop and agree on a policy and
assessment process with DHS; they cannot be changed without involving your
Based on feedback from members and delegates through negotiations and in
workshops this year, we have developed a Broadband Advancement Workbooks
supported by guidelines and policy. The workbook documents your role-related
capabilities at the higher classification using measures from the APS Integrated
Leadership System (the ILS).
The process and the measures are independent of performance management, but
could be linked to your learning and development plan. You can read the proposed
policy, guidelines, and workbooks here and speak with your delegate for more