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Communication and consultation
Our intranet was redeveloped as we transitioned to SharePoint Online, which provided a fresh and updated look and feel to the site and made adding content easier. The changes help us to provide more engaging content while maintaining regular and open communication with employees. We recognise that this an important feature of a positive workplace culture and we continue to use the employee intranet to boost communication and consultation across the agency.
In early 2020 we launched a COVID-19 portal on the intranet to provide information to employees about the pandemic, how to manage their wellbeing, and how to recognise and manage hazards when working from home. The portal was well received by employees, and we continue to update it as more information becomes available.
Employee Consultative Forum
The Employee Consultative Forum (ECF) was established in March 2016, following the commencement of the previous enterprise agreement. The ECF ensures that the agency meets its requirements under the current enterprise agreement, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth).
The ECF is committed to communicating and consulting directly with employees. It meets at least 4 times per year to discuss workplace issues, planned changes to employment-related policies and procedures, consultation, and discussion of WHS issues.
In 2019–20, along with its standard functions, the ECF provided a vital link between the agency and employees on changes to the way we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home arrangements and returning to the office safely.