Dr Ellen Skladzien, Chief Executive Officer, Down Syndrome Australia
I write to correct the latest example of lazy reporting by Noel Towell in The Canberra Times (‘DHS change program tipped to be challenge’, page 9, 18 November 2016).
Reporting in The Canberra Times, ‘PS disputes move to mediation’ (13 October 2016) is factually incorrect.
The department is not “auto-rejecting” student claims. Each claim is assessed based on the student’s individual circumstances, the eligibility criteria and the supporting information provided.
This morning the Community Public Sector Union made claims that under the proposed Enterprise Agreement, staff can be forced to change their hours and work location every four weeks, and work split shifts. These claims are not correct.
The IBM contract announced on 11 March 2016 provides for a range hardware, software, and IT support services to be provided to the Department. Under the contract these services are being provided to the Department as a whole, not to a specific project or initiative.
The following Letter to the Editor was provided to the Canberra Times in response to an article that had incorrect information about the access to support and leave for employees affected by domestic and family violence.
On 1 March 2016, an advertisement ran in the Kingborough Chronicle incorrectly advising that Centrelink and Medicare services at Kingston would move to Hobart.
The following advice was provided to the Community and Public Sector Union in response to a CPSU media release (Malcolm Turnbull making life harder for working parents, 22 February 2016) containing inaccurate claims about the Department of Human Services January 2016 draft Enterprise Agreement.
The Department of Human Services (the department) initially established a panel for Front of House Marketing and Design Services following the integration of Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support in 2011.