The DHS Enterprise Agreement 2017: Everything You Need to Know

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is responsible for providing essential services and support to millions of Australians every year. As one of the largest employers in the country, it is critical that the DHS has a robust and effective enterprise agreement in place to ensure that its employees are treated fairly and equitably.

In 2017, the DHS and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) negotiated a new enterprise agreement that came into effect on 18 July 2017. This agreement replaced the previous 2011-2014 agreement and set out the terms and conditions of employment for DHS employees until 2020.

So, what exactly is the DHS Enterprise Agreement 2017, and what does it mean for DHS employees? Let`s take a closer look.

Key features of the DHS Enterprise Agreement 2017

The new enterprise agreement covers a vast range of employment matters, including pay, working hours, leave entitlements, and performance management. Some of the key features of the agreement include:

1. Pay increases: Employees covered by the agreement received a 6% pay increase over three years, with a 2% increase in each year of the agreement.

2. Flexibility: The agreement provides for greater flexibility in working hours and arrangements, with options such as part-time work, job sharing, and flexible working hours.

3. Leave entitlements: Employees are entitled to flexible parental leave and compassionate leave, and carers` leave has been expanded to include caring for grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings.

4. Performance management: The agreement includes changes to the performance management system to ensure that it is fair, transparent, and consistent.

Impact on DHS employees

Overall, the DHS Enterprise Agreement 2017 has been well received by employees, with many appreciating the pay increases and increased flexibility. The agreement has been praised for its focus on work-life balance and employee wellbeing, which is crucial for such a large employer.

However, some employees have raised concerns about the performance management system, particularly around the use of subjective criteria to assess employee performance. The DHS has stated that it will review the system regularly to ensure that it remains fair and transparent.

In conclusion

The DHS Enterprise Agreement 2017 is a significant milestone for the Department of Human Services and its employees. The agreement provides a framework for working conditions that recognises the valuable contribution of employees and their need for fair pay, flexibility and work-life balance. While there have been some concerns raised around the performance management system, overall, the agreement has been a positive development for DHS employees.