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Registration requirements – CYS staff

YESTERDAY, Monday June 15, CYS employees received a communique (read here: WWCC Communique 2) from DHHS about the mandatory requirement for Tasmanian workers who work with children to be registered under the new Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013.

At some point the distribution of this communique created some confusion and concern because, as most Members would be aware, CYS Delegates have been working with your CPSU to get a commitment from the Government that it will cover the cost of registration for employees.

To date there’s been no resolution on this matter.

The communique is somewhat ambiguous as it states that “DHHS is currently progressing a policy decision” to require this check as a condition of employment, but then goes on to state that it will be a requirement from 1 October 2015.  However, it’s safe to assume that you’ll need to be registered by this date.

Our position is clear – if your employer intends to bring in a compulsory requirement for employment, then they need to meet the cost of that requirement.  The longer they refuse to provide their position on that, the more uncertain it is for everyone.

Your CPSU recommends that all CYS staff sit tight until your union and Delegates have a chance to pursue this commitment from the government. This isn’t a difficult decision for the government to make and the reasons for the delays are unclear.

In the meantime CPSU Organiser Angela Ames will hold member meetings across the regions over the next week to provide updates and to address any concerns Members may have.

If you have any questions or need more information in the interim please contact Angela at a.ames@tas.cpsu.com.au.

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