Well done you!

Your CPSU campaign for secure jobs in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and improve veterans’ experiences chalked up an important win - with the DVA Secretary Liz Cosson confirming in the recent Senate Estimates, that “We are now in the process of undertaking a bulk recruitment round to make them (non-ongoing staff) ongoing, and we are doing that across the Department, to bring a merit process in place, so that we can give the staff that were labour hire, the certainty of employment as ongoing staff”.

This has the potential to convert hundreds of non-ongoing APS employees to ongoing positions, as well as employees currently engaged on a labour hire contract.

We highly recommend watching and sharing this clip from Senate Estimates on the CPSU Facebook page here. This is another step in the right direction for better public services for veterans’ and their families and dignity in employment for staff.

Just last week, the Canberra Times reported on the increase in delays and surging demand for veterans’ services

The Government’s stunt is to pay an eye-watering $1.3 million to McKinsey consultants to undertake a ten week audit of DVA’s claims processing system. That’s $130,000 a week! Imagine if that $1.3 million went to more workers to process claims?! That’s about 13 extra APS5 claims delegates for an entire year.

On the issue of workloads, it’s good to see DVA are acknowledging the negative impact of work-related stress resulting from work overload and unrealistic job expectations

In a meeting with the Department last week, DVA provided an in-principle commitment to some of the recommendations in our WHS Inquiry Report, such as the establishment of a WHS sub-committee and adopting the safety regulator's National Guidance for managing psychosocial hazards at work. It's another step - now we need all your recommendations adopted and implemented.

Please support this campaign for a safe workload system for all DVA staff

  1. If you haven’t already done so - add your name to the open letter (digital version)
  2. Talk with two work colleagues and ask they do the same

Thank you to all CPSU members, delegates and HSRs for your work leading our campaigns for a secure and safe workplace.

We are always by your side

If you need support or assistance, please contact your CPSU workplace delegate, local organiser or call the Member Service Centre on 1300 137 636.