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Staff transition to non-government sector - Fact sheet

We have a highly skilled disability workforce, made up of thousands of committed individuals whose every day efforts improve the lives of people with disability.

After a rigorous assessment process, the Government has decided to proceed with a tendering process in 2018 for SIL (group homes) and STAA (facility based respite).

The Government has committed to providing a significant support package to ensure that existing SIL and STAA workers transfer on fair terms, and will continue to support people with disability to achieve their goals. We and your representatives will talk to you about the following terms:

  • Eight years of protection for the workforce                                
  • Committed to a total wage increase of 29% over eight years                    
  • Incentive payments of up to $15,000 (pro rata for part time and regular and systemic casual staff)
  • Recognition of prior service                                        
  • Transfer of all entitlements                                         
  • Protection of superannuation                                        
  • Commitment to agreeing a new DSEA providing historic wage increases                  
  • Up to $2,000 sign on payment                                    
  • Supported, two stage transfer comprising a secondment followed by a transfer to high quality providers     
  • Maintaining the trust and relationship between you and the people you support every day     

How will the transition work?

The Government understands that transferring to new providers represents a significant change. To ensure staff are supported and have certainty through the roll-out of the NDIS, Government will take a phased approach to transferring employment to the non-government sector. This will include:

  • A secondment to a non-government provider from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020.
  • Following a transfer of employment on 1 January 2021, staff wages will be guaranteed until 31 December 2025.
  • If a worker leaves during the secondment period, any replacement worker will be employed by Government and will transfer at the end of the secondment period.
  • Recognition of prior service, transfer of all entitlements and protection of superannuation upon transfer.
  • Ongoing employees and regular and casuals working on a regular and systemic basis will receive a $2,000 sign on payment pro-rata. The payment will be paid in two increments, $1,000 on acceptance of offer and $1,000 when the new DSEA is agreed by the workforce.
  • Facilitation of the renegotiation of the DSEA by non-government employers.
  • A comprehensive change management process and professional support for staff.

What this means for you

As an eligible staff member, you will be seconded to a successful non-government provider for a period of up to two years. During this time you will remain employed by the Department and your role will stay the same, including the replacement DSEA and all terms, conditions and protections.

This will be followed by an offer of employment with the new provider at the end of the secondment period.

Your offer will be based on your substantive (ongoing) position and your current employment terms. The replacement DSEA and all terms, conditions, protections and accrued entitlements will transfer with you.

This also means that you can continue to maintain the relationships and support the residents/clients and their families you work with now.

Your terms and conditions won’t change. The people you support won’t change. The only change is  the provider (employer) who will operate the service you work in.

Finalising the new DSEA

Government has committed to finalising a new DSEA to commence on 1 July 2018. This will include historic wage increases to recognise the hard work and commitment of the DHHS disability workforce.

We will continue to negotiate a number of claims in good faith to ensure the workforce is supported and protected as a result of this transfer.

Once the negotiations for the DSEA are finalised the formal voting process under the Fair Work Act will take place.

Consulting with the workforce

DHHS remains committed to working collaboratively with staff, their industrial representatives and other partners to provide safe and strong disability services to deliver the best outcomes for people with disability, families and staff.

The Government will continue to consult with staff as work progresses. This will include DHHS divisional staff forums in early 2018.

Supporting affected staff

The Department will support staff through this time of change with professional support. A capability framework and a comprehensive range of learning and development activities are currently being planned to enable staff to work confidently in the NDIS environment.