Reconstitution of the Employee Consultative Group

Key Points
  • The Employee Consultative Group is being reconstituted.
  • Employees, other than employees of Independent Senators and Members, should expect to hear from their respective parties on the process for nomination and/or selection of both groups shortly.
  • Employees of Independent Senators and Members may nominate themselves directly to the Department of Finance.

 

The Employee Consultative Group (ECG) for Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (MOP(S) Act) employees is being reconstituted following the Federal election and the commencement of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019.

The ECG will consist of MOP(S)Act employees, union representatives, and representatives from my office and/or the Department of Finance.

Employee representatives will be drawn from all political parties on a proportional basis to employee numbers.

The ECG will be consulted on workplace issues including but not limited to:

The ECG will comprise of a total of 11 employee representatives consisting of:

Eligibility of representatives

To be eligible to be an employee representative on the ECG, an employee must be:

Each political party has been asked to make its own arrangements for the election of their employee representatives.  Employees, other than employees of Independent Senators and Members, should expect to hear from their respective parties on this process shortly.

Employees of Independent Senators and Members

Finance will provide assistance during the nomination and selection process for the representative of the employees of Independent Senators and Members.  Eligible employees from this group are invited to email ecg@finance.gov.au to request an ECG nomination form.  Nominations are to be submitted to Finance by 2 June 2017.  Finance will then contact relevant employees regarding a ballot, if required.

Travel costs

Travel costs associated with ECG meetings for representatives whose travel is subject to the Electorate Support Budget, will not be debited from their employing Senator or Member’s Electorate Support Budget, providing the representative is not also travelling to Canberra for other purposes.

As there is no budget restriction on the travel of employees who are not subject to the Electorate Support Budget, there is no need for similar arrangements for these ECG members.

More information

I encourage all Senators and Members to support their employees who are considering being involved in the ECG.

If employees have any queries about the selection of representatives for the ECG, please contact the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Help Desk on (02) 6215 3333.

Yours sincerely

This circular was issued on 31 May 2017.


Scott Ryan
Special Minister of State

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