CPSU DHS delegates are reporting lots of questions on access to leave over the Reduced Activity Period (RAP).
You are not required to attend work from Monday 24 December until Tuesday 1
January inclusive. The exception is where an employee is directed to work to
meet essential operational requirements.
Staff want more detail
The department has said that Service and Smart Centres will remain open to
meet “projected customer demand” and that some smaller sites may close. That
critical response or support units of staff (e.g. the emergency response role in
the Geelong Smart Centre) will remain open.
Some delegates have already told us that not all Service Centres will be
working and some have been told that their workplace will access RAP.
We are waiting for more detailed information from the department. We have
Confirmation that all areas of the department not specifically mentioned
in the Secretary’s advice (including CRS and Child Support) will access the
Identification of non-essential functions and/or workplaces within Smart
and Service Centres so that more staff can access the RAP
Confirmation that, as in 2011, volunteers for skeleton staffing of
essential and minimal Child Support functions will continue over the RAP
That more staff will access the RAP than in 2011.
The 2012 RAP includes the APS Holiday for all DHS employees Thursday 27
December 2012. You use three days annual leave or other leave for the days that
are not public holidays or the APS holiday
Find out if you are on RAP
Any member, not already directed to work over the RAP, to apply for
leave as soon as possible.
All workplace delegates to meet with their local management to discuss
what, if any, essential operational requirements will mean some staff may be
required to work during the RAP.
Contact your Delegate or Organiser with questions.
If you’re not a member- join today by speaking to your local delegate,
join online or by calling 1300 137