Consultative committee arrangements

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We are re-establishing our consultative committees, including the Departmental Consultative Committee (DCC) and a number of sub consultative committees (SCC). Consultative committees are important in ensuring that staff are consulted with, and can contribute to how their conditions of employment are applied.

We are seeking staff feedback on the updated terms of reference and other arrangements for each consultative committee.

We are also seeking nominations from interested staff to fill the role of employee representatives on our SCCs.

We are re-establishing our consultative committees, including the Departmental Consultative Committee (DCC) and a number of sub consultative committees (SCC). Consultative committees are important in ensuring that staff are consulted with, and can contribute to how their conditions of employment are applied.

We are seeking staff feedback on the updated terms of reference and other arrangements for each consultative committee.

We are also seeking nominations from interested staff to fill the role of employee representatives on our SCCs.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please submit your vote for your preferred nominee below. The 3 nominees receiving the highest votes will fill the vacant positions. Each nominee has provided a short statement to seek your support to represent you on the committee. 

    Voting closes midnight 27 September 2020. 

    Employee representative name

    Statement of claim 

    Jamie Varga

    I am an active CPSU member and have been with the department over 20 years. I am passionate about the future direction of the department and its employees.

    Samantha Earp

    I would like to nominate as an employee representative for the consultative committee.

    Although I have only been with the Department since March 2020, I have over 10 years APS experience and have been a representative on other agency committees.

    I am currently in the Client Contact Group, and I believe this frontline position allows to help me to identify issues for discussion.

    I understand the importance and benefits of consultation.  I would like to be a part of better decision making, to greater cooperation and collaboration and help to contribute to a more productive workplace and to discuss important issue relating to our region.

    Courtney Wright

    I am passionate about provided a workplace that allows for freedom of expression including innovative ideas and always supporting our colleagues through mentorship. An example of this is the On Plant Vets in Western Australian, regularly communicate through various methods, emails, phone, skype, in order to create a team environment despite our very isolated rural environment, one of my colleagues travels over 100km each way to get to work in the abattoir in Broome.

    I am self-motivated and have great time management skills. I deal with challenges on a daily basis and use conflict resolution techniques in order to achieve a successful outcome in my permanent auditing role within the department, as an on plant veterinarian, located in rural WA. My goal is to learn more about the challenges faced by the department and how an employee can assist in ensuring a robust and successful outcome for the department, well into the future.

    Covid-19 has brought new challenges to our professional and personal lives, which we have all adapted to and we are continuing to seek advice on how we can complete our roles in the every changing environment, highlighting our resilience and adaptability.

     I believe that i have the skills in order to achieve at this role and provide the opportunity for collaboration within the department. I have previously sought feedback from my supervisor as to how I can assist the department further throughout my career. Please consider me for this position, as I would greatly appreciate the experience and it will me in achieving my goals.

    Steven Boud

    I was encouraged by the Union to apply and I’m more than happy to represents my colleagues in this forum.

    Paul Arvidson

    I would like to nominate to be on the consultative committee, I have been employed in the APS for 13 years and worked in numerous areas within Biosecurity.
    I believe I possess sound listening skills and I am considerate and respectful to all my colleagues and external stakeholders.
    I am not a member of the union however, but I think this could be a good factor in having non-union representatives in the committee.
     My main reason for nominating is to personally become more proactive and involved in understanding the corporate decision side of business and to contribute and provide feedback in a setting that this committee promises to bring.

    Stephen Gillow

    I have been in the department since 2001 and have worked in regional ports in Queensland and Western Australia. I am currently working in Christmas Island which is my second stint in a remote port. I want to ensure that staff in remote locations are represented appropriately on the committee.

    Ryan Thompson

    I would like to nominate myself as a member of the SCC to bring a different set of eyes and skills into the discussion relating to our jobs and functions. I'd work with the committee in a positive way to ensure we are all on the same page on how the EA is and should be applied to our region.
    I like to promote positive business improvements and regularly raise issues along with way to resolve then and this committee would give me a way to express the concerns and issues that affect our officers with regions.
     I'd like to be a part of the SCC to drive positive changes within the Department, not just regionally but also nationally.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please submit your vote for your preferred nominee below. The 3 nominees receiving the highest votes will fill the vacant positions. Each nominee has provided a short statement to seek your support to represent you on the committee. 

    Voting closes 5 pm on 22 October 2020. 


    Employee Representative Name

    Statement of claim

    Irada Pope

    I work in the Compliance Strategy and Risk section of the Environment Compliance Branch. I have responsibility for risk, governance and strategy as well as support reporting in the Branch. I would appreciate the opportunity to be a on a committee that has direct relationship with ACT workforce and contribute my knowledge. I would also serve as a conduit to promulgate information across my Branch/Division.

    Milena Rafic

    Throughout my 20+ years in the APS, I have been an active staff representative on a number of committees advocating for staff and ensuring our voices are heard. Topics I have advocated on include accommodation issues; restructure changes; changes to policy; and enterprise bargaining. As I have worked for the Environment and Agriculture departments, I have a good knowledge of how both department’s management approach consultation and want to ensure that the SCC will understand and appreciate how their decisions or recommendations affect staff on the ground in Canberra. Retrospective consultation (where decisions are made and then consulted on) is not good enough! The SCC provides an opportunity to influence decision-making and I look forward to being a part of this process on your behalf.

    Damien Bond

    I am seeking your vote so I can represent you and create a better work environment for you and your colleagues in the department.

    Since joining agriculture as graduate in 2006 I have worked across both the environment and agriculture portfolios. My background is in industrial relations and law, which underpins my appetite for all things related to workplace conditions. I currently work in Water Division.

    I am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my colleagues in several ways—such as enterprise agreement bargaining and serving on past representative committees. I will represent all employees’ interests and engage constructively with management.

    I identify as being part of the LGBTIQ+ community and as a person living with a disability. I am passionate about ensuring all people can bring their authentic selves to an accepting work environment.

    My advocacy and engagement in these fora has led to positive changes within the workplace. This includes changes to policies and procedures, development of a Water Division workforce plans. I am always tirelessly advocating for a safe workplace and changes in our physical environment that make it a more pleasant and adaptable environment for everybody type.

    Let’s work together for a better department!

    Simon Coulson

    Old bloke who has been doing staff advocacy in the public service for the past 20+ years and is not afraid to ask the stupid questions


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please submit your vote for your preferred nominee below. The 3 nominees receiving the highest votes will fill the vacant positions. Each nominee has provided a short statement to seek your support to represent you on the committee. 

    Voting closes 5 pm on 22 October 2020. 


    Employee Representative Name

    Statement of claim

    Irada Pope

    I work in the Compliance Strategy and Risk section of the Environment Compliance Branch. I have responsibility for risk, governance and strategy as well as support reporting in the Branch. I would appreciate the opportunity to be a on a committee that has direct relationship with ACT workforce and contribute my knowledge. I would also serve as a conduit to promulgate information across my Branch/Division.

    Milena Rafic

    Throughout my 20+ years in the APS, I have been an active staff representative on a number of committees advocating for staff and ensuring our voices are heard. Topics I have advocated on include accommodation issues; restructure changes; changes to policy; and enterprise bargaining. As I have worked for the Environment and Agriculture departments, I have a good knowledge of how both department’s management approach consultation and want to ensure that the SCC will understand and appreciate how their decisions or recommendations affect staff on the ground in Canberra. Retrospective consultation (where decisions are made and then consulted on) is not good enough! The SCC provides an opportunity to influence decision-making and I look forward to being a part of this process on your behalf.

    Damien Bond

    I am seeking your vote so I can represent you and create a better work environment for you and your colleagues in the department.

    Since joining agriculture as graduate in 2006 I have worked across both the environment and agriculture portfolios. My background is in industrial relations and law, which underpins my appetite for all things related to workplace conditions. I currently work in Water Division.

    I am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my colleagues in several ways—such as enterprise agreement bargaining and serving on past representative committees. I will represent all employees’ interests and engage constructively with management.

    I identify as being part of the LGBTIQ+ community and as a person living with a disability. I am passionate about ensuring all people can bring their authentic selves to an accepting work environment.

    My advocacy and engagement in these fora has led to positive changes within the workplace. This includes changes to policies and procedures, development of a Water Division workforce plans. I am always tirelessly advocating for a safe workplace and changes in our physical environment that make it a more pleasant and adaptable environment for everybody type.

    Let’s work together for a better department!

    Simon Coulson

    Old bloke who has been doing staff advocacy in the public service for the past 20+ years and is not afraid to ask the stupid questions


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please submit your vote for your preferred nominee below. The 3 nominees receiving the highest votes will fill the vacant positions. Each nominee has provided a short statement to seek your support to represent you on the committee. 

    Voting closes midnight 27 September 2020. 


    Employee Representative Name

    Statement of claim

    Megan Dohnt

    With my experience as Executive Officer across both Audit and Assurance Group and the South region, I am well equipped to provide valuable and knowledgeable insights and as well as engage in mutually beneficial discussions on key topics that may arise in the South region.

    Thao Bui

    I like to nominate myself for a role to be part of the sub consultative committee (SCC) for the South Region because I have developed effective interpersonal skills that enabled me to build trusts and maintain a good working relationship with colleagues. I would like to represent staff to help and to shape a better workplace.
    As a team leader in ASG Imports I am a conduit for information to be shared amongst staff as well as feeding back information to management for consideration. I see the role in the South SCC as expanding on what i currently do in my team leader role however at a more strategic level participating on EA determinations, escalating issues, and identifying productivity initiatives and efficiency measures.
     Having over 15 years of experience in the department, including ASG Imports, Travellers programs and short stints in the business team, I look forward to representing all staff if nominated for the role.

    Paris Arthur

    Hi my name is Paris Arthur and I’m an auditor within the Audit and Assurance Group. I’m very interested in the role as being an employee representative for the South Local Consultative Committee (LCC). As a fairly new employee to the Department, I believe this will be a great opportunity to work more closely with my colleagues and build strong working relationships.  
    I have nominated myself for this positon as I have worked for several state and federal government agencies which I have held similar roles. I am friendly, approachable and can communicate ideas/concerns in an open manner.
    My focus will be to represent the interests of our workers, raise ideas/concerns, encourage staff contribution/engagement and help to provide solutions that will assist the safety and wellbeing of all staff.

    As an employee representative I will bring experience from working in other complex regulatory environments and working with a variety of people. I am strong advocate of encouraging staff to share their thoughts and ideas, no matter how big or small.
     Kind regards Paris

    David Nash

    Nearly 13 years with the Department has given me many experiences. Operationally Passenger, Import and Export programs. Currently Export documentation dealing with associated stakeholders and program staff to maintain and expedite oversea N.P.P.O. country requirements.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please submit your vote for your preferred nominee below. The 3 nominees receiving the highest votes will fill the vacant positions. Each nominee has provided a short statement to seek your support to represent you on the committee. 

    Voting closes midnight 27 September 2020. 


    Employee representative name

    Statement of claim

    Jack Hauser

    Becoming an employee representative would provide me with an opportunity to represent my colleagues in a way in which I could benefit them; I think this would be rewarding for me and a nice change between my day-to-day work schedules.
     The experience of participating within the NE SCC would assist me also in building my people skills within understanding the ‘bigger picture’ of my colleagues across ASG & other departmental sectors. This experience will contribute to my skillset which I hope to use throughout my career with the department.

    Luke Curtis

    My name is Luke Curtis and I wish to nominate myself as an employee representative on the North East Region's Sub Consultative Committee.

    Indunil Thilakaratne

    I am an On Plant Veterinarian based in regional Queensland and also trained to be work as a RVO for LAE division. I believe I have good understanding of day to day operations in regional settings and interested to share my experiences with sub consultative committee. If I am selected to be a representative it will provide opportunity to me to engage in discussion and consultation on important matters relevant to our region and contribute towards positive outcome.

     

    Ki Kelly

    I would like to be involved and provide support to my colleagues in other work areas. I enjoy the process of consultation and open discussion, to further understand proposals and differing points of view, and to assist in reaching a resolution that hopefully can meet the needs of all parties in an acceptable manner.

     

    In my current role as a trainer, I greatly enjoy the process of enhancing staff understanding of procedures, processes, and culture. Some years ago I participated as a member of the Regional Consultative Committee, which I found personally rewarding, particularly from  the perspective of being involved in enhancing communication and understanding, and also in being able to play a role in furthering ideas for improvements. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to engage with staff and discover more of their thoughts and idea, and assist in furthering those ideas. 

     

    During my many years in a training role, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with staff across a wide variety of work locations in North East and also in other regions. This has allowed me to be familiar with the staff in a variety of areas and gain awareness of some of their concerns – I believe that this will a be a valuable asset if I am selected as an employee representative.

     

    As a trainer, and in other roles I have been engaged in, I have demonstrated my ability to listen carefully to others, to successfully engage with a varying personalities and attitudes, and to present my ideas clearly. These skill assist me in an employee consultative role.

    Oscar Orellana

    I would like to be a committee member to liaise between work colleagues and the department in order to achieve a fair and balanced outcome in the application of the Department's EA and determinations. I am also interested in the wellbeing of all staff within the Department. I believe that employees can be efficient on daily operational duties when they have access to the appropriate resources and infrastructure. My placements in the department have included post entry quarantine/nursery stock, sea ports, cargo, exports from 2006-2014 and then merging with the former plant group carrying out both exports and imports fresh produce inspections. Currently I am based at the Port of Brisbane as part of the integration program.
     I am also of the opinion to strengthen and grow public services in our regions.

     

    Alan Self

    As a long standing employee of the department (30+yrs) I am aware of all the work areas.  I have also been had experience in these processes before and always have a desire to improve the work environment for all employees.

     

    Andrea Alderton

    I was recently elected to sit on the LCC as a staff representative prior to MoG and the LCC being dissolved.  I am interested in hearing relevant staff issues and investigating and raising them to management. I was looking forward to assisting in the communication and consultation between employees and management and to assist in resolving any local issues raised by staff with the ultimate goal of a better workplace for all. 

     

    Tiffany Byers

    I would like to nominate as AAG does not have a director presence within the NER. As a member of the Gender Equity Network I have been exposed to various policy reform and feedback and would like to participate more within our region to ensure that our employees are aware of and have the opportunity to provide all the feedback they can. 

     

    Steven Coulter

    I have been involved in the last two enterprise bargaining processes undertaken by the Department of Agriculture as an employee representative so I have been privy to roundtable discussions. As a result I believe I am well placed to put forward suggestions and provide guidance as to the intentions behind the clauses in our current Enterprise Agreement.

     

    Sean Cleary

    Moving to the Department of Environment and Energy Enterprise Agreement (DoEE EA) has resulted in changes on the previous Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Agreement. I would like to be involved in the consultation and clarification of the changes and their intent, in a fair and equitable manner. I also would like to be involved on discussions on matters that have local affect and their best fit. 

     


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please submit your vote for your preferred nominee below. The 3 nominees receiving the highest votes will fill the vacant positions. Each nominee has provided a short statement to seek your support to represent you on the committee.

    Voting closes midnight 27 September 2020.


    Employee representative name

    Statement of claim 

    Nathan Panzera

    I have nominated myself to be a committee member of the consultative committee as I am committed to making sure the opinions of our particular area can be heard at a national level. I am currently one of the HSR’s for SER and have experience working on committees. I am currently a member of the Eltham Hospital Community Hospital Consultative Committee which is part of $675 million Victorian State Government development project, I’m also a member of my children's school council and previously was a member of the Departments Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy (MHWS).

    I am currently completing post-graduate studies on a scholarship with a leading Australian University and believe this new knowledge would greatly assist my ability to offer in-depth feedback to proposed policies.

    Graeme Stewart

    I have been an employee of this department for the past nineteen years and have worked alongside an great number of people who now fill positions across the spectrum of roles within DAWE in Victoria.

    I have always maintained an open line of communication with many areas of the department for the purpose of information sharing. I believe these lines of communication will prove valuable in providing a consulted and informed voice for this sub-committee.

     As such I believe I can provide informed and relevant feedback and valuable input to this national discussion.

    Karl Texler

    I am nominating for the Southeast SCC because I am highly motivated to promote communication and consultation between departmental management and staff.

    I am an On-Plant Veterinarian currently. During my 27 years of working for the department (out in the field and in Central Office), I have amassed significant insight into our working environment and its drivers of change. I have gained extensive experience in working on numerous committees and working groups. I have been a member of the previous Department of Agriculture Local and National Consultative Committees. Therefore, I am accustomed to working with people and issues at all levels of the department.

    I have always been committed to networking amongst staff. This reduces the sense of isolation that often arises, especially in field staff. Having acted as a focal point in my previous capacities, I understand and appreciate the challenges staff face especially during times of change. Promoting an understanding of these challenges to departmental management provides opportunity for sensible decision making to the benefit of all.

     I will bring to the Southeast SCC my accumulated experience in being a conduit for staff concerns, my ability to articulate such matters and direct them through the appropriate channels.

    Robert Duell

    As an active HSR I put myself forward as a person who is passionate about work place issues. This comes from having a real and deep commitment to "a fair go principle". Health and Safety in the workplace is not to be taken for granted, we need to be active in this space by engaging in dialogue with the employer and holding them to account as well as ourselves; making sure best practices are in place and adhered to. Also by serving on this committee I can represent the South East in relation to our Enterprise Agreement, to advocate to see that it is fully implemented.

    Florin Mitoiu

    I have been employed by the Department of Agriculture since 2007. I have worked in various streams within the department IG, ASG and currently I am part of the Food Exports team. I have occupied the position of Duty Officer in ASG and A/g Level 5 in CCG. I have also performed the HSR role for the South East Region. I am a driven, goal-oriented person who believes every problem has a solution and near enough is not good enough. I am strong on maintaining high standards and always improving.
     I will be honoured to be considered as an employee representative on the South East SCC Committee.

    Noelene Younger

    I would like to nominate to be an employee representative for the South East SCC committee.
    I was actively involved in the previous LCC committee during the last 2 years.
     Putting forward my workplace employees concerns to the LCC and reporting back relevant outcomes, re enterprise agreement and determinations


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please submit your vote for your preferred nominee below. The 3 nominees receiving the highest votes will fill the vacant positions. Each nominee has provided a short statement to seek your support to represent you on the committee.

    Voting closes midnight 27 September 2020. 


    Employee representative name

    Statement of claim

    Jeff Keogh

    To continue my longstanding involvement in this forum

    Rhonda Bartley

    I bring more than 14 years’ experience working in AAD across a number of work areas. I have an active interest in representing staff issues and a particular drive to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. 

     

    Reena Beston

    While continuing to work in the forefront of the ICT services, I enjoy actively supporting and engaging end-user in their issues. I believe this would be a good opportunity to help build a more positive experience for staff.

     

    Donna Kowaluk

    I have worked across a number of private enterprises and am new to the government space. I would provide fresh eyes and understanding to staff engagement and productivity. I believe in consultation and that by encouraging discussion and ownership around important matters leads to engaged and motivated staff. Addressing and escalating issues in a timely manner via the processes and systems in place supports and maintains a positive culture in the workplace. Overseeing the implementation and application of the EA is critical to the workplace as this provides staff with a sense of security and confidence in the provisions and a clear understanding of what is required of an employee and employer.


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