From: DEECD Mail
Sent: Wednesday, 20 April 2011 11:34 AM
To: DL Corp VPS
Subject: C122-2011 Victorian Public Service (VPS) Agreement Negotiations
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
For all managers and VPS staff
C122-2011 Victorian Public Service (VPS) Agreement Negotiations
The State of Victoria has commenced negotiations for a new Victorian Public Service (VPS)
Agreement to replace the VPS Agreement 2006 - 2009 Extended and Varied Version (the
current VPS Agreement).
It is proposed that the new agreement will cover employees who are covered by the current
VPS Agreement (see Attachment 2: Employees covered by VPS Agreement).
Please find attached a notice of employee representational rights. Under the Fair Work Act
2009, an employee has the right to be represented by a bargaining representative of their
choice in agreement negotiations.
An employee who is a member of the Community Public Sector Union (CPSU) has this union
as their default bargaining representative. The CPSU will be your bargaining representative
for the agreement unless you appoint another person as your representative.
Please note employees are not required to nominate themselves or another person as their
bargaining representative if they choose not. All VPS employees will be given the opportunity
to consider and vote on the agreement once the negotiations are completed.
Employees who wish to nominate themselves or another person as their bargaining
representative must comply with the requirements as specified in Attachment 1.
An employee must sign and date an Instrument of Appointment specifying who
they nominate to act as their bargaining representative and provide a copy to the
department contact person Erin Stiles on email@example.com A
template Instrument of Appointment is attached.
Managers are to ensure that employees on paid or unpaid leave receive this
information by prepaid post to the employee’s residential address or a postal
address nominated by the employee.
In order to commence bargaining, we would appreciate if employees wishing to nominate
themselves or another person as their bargaining representative could forward their Instrument
of Appointment to Erin Stiles on firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 4 May. This
however does not preclude you from appointing a bargaining representative at a later date.
Attached are the following documents:
o Attachment 1: Notice of employee representational rights
o Attachment 2: Employees covered by VPS Agreement
o Template: Instrument of Appointment
o Staff Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any further questions please speak to either, Erin Stiles on 9637 2398, contact the
Fair Work Australia Infoline on 1300 799 675 or see: www.fairwork.gov.au
The Department has a website dedicated to Workplace Agreements and this can be accessed
Acting Executive Director
Office for Resources and Infrastructure