Family violence is a workplace issue training


VTHC's We Are Union Women are running a one day training course for union officials and delegates to successfully implement Domestic and Family Violence Leave clauses. The training casts $35 per person and can be tailored to meet the needs of your workplace.


  • What is family violence?
  • How and why does family violence enter the workplace?
  • Why support in the workplace is important.
  • Implementation of the family violence leave clause and policy.
  • The model family violence leave clause and policy: why they are important.
  • Workplace issues when implementing the clause.
  • Supportive workplace cultures.
  • The role of the union delegate and other contact officers.
  • Appointment and supervision of Family Violence Contact Officers in the workplace.
  • Guidelines for developing workplace safety plans.
  • Management of perpetrators in the workplace.
  • Industrial legal frameworks.
  • Referral services and resources.

Download the flyer.

For more information contact Pia Cerveri, Family Violence Project Organiser via email: or call: (03) 9659 3511 to discuss and register.

PLSL campaign builds momentum

Over the past month ASU members and officials have again been busy fighting for a portable long service leave scheme for community service workers.

Members and officials have continued with our lobbying meeting with the Deputy Premier James Merlino amongst the many politicians who have welcomed a delegation of ASU members to discuss portable long service leave. 

The ASU also met with Price Waterhouse Coopers who are undertaking the study into the timing and scope of a portable long service leave scheme for community service workers.  
If we continue to push we are confident that we can have a PLSL scheme legislated by the end of this year or early next year. 

You can help win PLSL!

If you are yet to sign the petition please do so now by visiting

What are the next steps?

ASU organisers are really keen to get out to as many workplaces as possible to discuss portable long service leave and any other issues you’re concerned about.  Please call the ASU contact centre on 1300 855 570 or email to request a visit.

In the meantime you can engage with the campaign on social media by using the hashtag #givemeabreak Please take a photo of yourself, or a photo with your colleagues, using the hashtag and load to or tag us on any of the platforms below. Alternatively send through to our Comms Department.


Why become an ASU delegate?


I'm Aoibheann (Evon) and I work as a Children's Counsellor and Group Facilitator with women and children who have experienced trauma due to family violence. I have worked in the community and mental health sectors for 15 years. I became an ASU delegate to apply my advocacy and counselling skills to protect and improve our work conditions. I first became a delegate more than a decade ago (!) when working at YSAS and am happy to take on the role once again.

I learn so much from my incredible colleagues and the client's / survivors I work with.  Their resilience, strength and bravery is inspiring. For me, being a delegate is a way to give something back to my colleagues and engage in activism to help build the community sector.

As a feminist, I'm passionate about trying to be an agent for change, where I can.  Finding time for work-life balance, fun and self-care is essential.  When I'm not working or toddler wrangling, I love recharging in nature and roller skating.


Union delegates are the vital link between your union official and members within your workplace. Workplaces with an active union feel more consulted and involved in their workplace. Union delegates help to break down barriers in workplaces – they unite workers and create a community so workers don’t feel isolated. Participating in your union is your opportunity to participate in positive change within the workplace for yourself, your workplace and your industry.


Delegates listen to issues ASU members have in the workplace. This provides them with information to set the agenda in meetings. Delegates receive training from the union in order to perform their duties and are involved in conferences and events specific to them.


Delegates are a great source of information. They let staff know  exactly what their entitlements are. They also answer individual or collective queries and grow the union by signing up non-members.


Delegates liaise with management, their ASU organiser and members around individual or collective issues in the workplace.


Each department should have an ASU delegate. Members find that workplaces with delegates are far better to work in as your delegate provides invaluable information and support.


Becoming an ASU delegate is a very rewarding role that allows you to work towards positive change within your workplace. If you would like to help to improve your working conditions by becoming a ASU delegate, get in touch with our Member Contact Centre or download a nomination form here.


Making NDIS work

The ASU continue to strive to ensure that the NDIS is the best it can be for both clients and workers by participating in forums such as the state government NDIS taskforce and by lobbying politicians about the need to fix issues that exist in the NDIS particularly in mental health.

This job is made much harder when employers such as Mentis Assist based in Mornington do things like seek to terminate their existing enterprise agreement without even bothering to try to negotiate a new one with the ASU. Employers such as Mentis Assist who think that they can win a race to the bottom against for profit providers do their staff and clients a massive dis-service. 

While other NDIS not-for-profit providers are trying to make the NDIS work for their staff and clients, employers like Mentis Assist are, in the view of the ASU, simply opening the door for the for profit sector to swoop in a kill off not for profit providers.  NDIS workers and clients are not served well by the not for profit giving up their role of providing quality services and simply engaging in a race to the bottom with multi-national corporations who always end up winning these battles to the detriment of both workers and clients.

Join the NDIS Workers Forum

As the NDIS rolls out across Victoria it is bringing significant change and disruption to workers in the community mental health sector. The ASU would like to bring delegates and active members from across the sector together, for a chance to discuss the challenges facing you as workers in this sector. The firt form wazs held 9 August and will be held on an ongoing basis so theree will be a chance for you to share ideas and issues, contribute to the ASU’s response to NDIS workforce changes and to build union power across the sector. 

Get the facts

From July 2018 a new Code of Conduct will be in place for all workers and providers in the NDIS. Download the NDIS Code of Conduct Guide for members
For further information please contact ASU Organiser John Owen



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