AN UPDATE FROM NATHAN CALLAGHAN, CHIEF PEOPLE AND CULTURE, WORLD VISION AUSTRALIA – 28 FEBRUARY 2020
In December we let you know that World Vision Australia had engaged with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) about the application of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHADS) to the organisation’s workforce. I am writing to update you on how this remediation plan is tracking.
Since December the team has been working to implement SCHADS at World Vision Australia and ensure all affected employees receive what they are due.
I am pleased to report that we have now reached the first of three major milestones in this process and, coinciding with the implementation of the new time and attendance system on 22 February, the SCHADS pay rules are now being applied to our casual workforce. For some, this may mean an increase in pay, for others who are already paid at least the SCHADS rate there will not be any change.
The casual cohort was the most likely to be affected by the SCHADS Award and has, accordingly, been our first priority. Attention will now move to confirming compliance with SCHADS across the rest of the organisation. We are aiming to assess and confirm compliance with all full time and part time employees in March.
The team will then focus on addressing any backpay for current and former impacted staff. I anticipate this process will start in April and is something we will continue to engage with the FWO about.
I again thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to apply SCHADS to World Vision Australia’s incredible workforce as quickly as possible.
People are at the heart of World Vision and it is my priority, and that of Claire and the leadership group, to ensure that all members of the World Vision team are supported and appropriately rewarded in their roles.
Please see below for some FAQs to help you understand how this may affect you or your colleagues, as well as former employees of World Vision Australia. I encourage you to take the time to read these.
Additionally, please direct any enquiries directly to the People & Culture team at email@example.com
Thank you again for your support.
Chief People and Culture
World Vision Australia