News

3 Mar, 2021

Conference update and Sector update

March 3rd, 2021|

Thank you to the huge number of people who completed the survey for on the next VTCTA conference. It was clear from the results that there is a great deal of desire and need for a community transport conference but a later date is best. Therefore, we are planning a face to face conference for the first half of 2022.

However, during 2021 we are planning to continue to provide the opportunity to engage, share resources and information, update on important developments as they unfold with a series of online forums. Some of these will be at no cost and others may require a fee.

We are finalising the first session to be held on Thursday 25 March at 10am. Speakers will be announced shortly but you can register here now.

2 Mar, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out

March 2nd, 2021|

VTCTA’s understanding is that community transport workers and volunteers are considered to be under Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccination Roll- Out as they are Commonwealth Home Support ‘workers’.

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/02/covid-19-vaccination-phase-1b-covid-19-vaccine-roll-out-general-practical-guidance.pdf

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/01/covid-19-vaccination-australia-s-covid-19-vaccine-national-roll-out-strategy.pdf

2 Mar, 2021

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

March 2nd, 2021|

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released its Final Report – Care, Dignity and Respect yesterday on 1 March 2021 and it can be viewed here https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-03/final-report-volume-1.pdf

VTCTA will be working with its Committee and other peak bodies to fully understand what this means for Community Transport and there will be more information to come.

2 Feb, 2021

VTCTA Conference – we want to hear from you!

February 2nd, 2021|

We want to hear from you about your thoughts and feelings on attending a community transport conference in 2021 post the pandemic restrictions and lockdowns of 2020.

VTCTA is exploring running a conference in either the first or second half of 2021 in Victoria and we have prepared a very short survey for you to tell us what you think about this. Please let us know asap by Monday 8 February so your opinion can impact our decisions.

Survey link is here.

If you would like to discuss potential conferences in any way, please feel free to contact Suzanne on 0438 780 911 or info@vtcta.org.au

21 Jan, 2021

Transport Program Worker at HICCI

January 21st, 2021|

HICCI is seeking a new employee to join our team as Transport Program Worker.
The position involves coordinating transport for clients with volunteers 6 hours/1 day per week. Computer skills, initiative, ability to work as part of a team, attention to detail and a strong empathy to client’s needs essential.
Position description available from the HICCI Office,
231 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, PH: 5911 6000
Applications close 31 January 2021
For further information please contact Alison Gommers, Executive Officer on 59116000
19 Jan, 2021

Growth Funding Announcement for Victoria

January 19th, 2021|

A welcomed announcement of Growth Funding by the Commonwealth Department of Health is a real boost for community transport sector in Victoria with over 85% of all Transport funding allocated to Victoria. The Victorian Community Transport sector has been under funded from the Commonwealth Home Support Program for many years and this announcement of growth funding recognises the demand for transport services for the thousands of older Victorians whom rely on this vital service to remain living independently.

We certainly encourage all VTCTA members to apply for the Growth Funding by 5 February 2020 via Grant Connect here.

VTCTA president Lyndon Stevenson said “ the obvious focus on Transport services in Victoria is encouraging and of course is pleasing, however the funding from the CHSP must continue to rise if the sector is going to support current demand let alone the future demand. The issue of funding from the CHSP to the Victorian sector has been highlighted by the VTCTA and furthermore endorsed by the national peak body Australian Community Transport Association (ACTA). ”

Lyndon Stevenson
VTCTA Chair

18 Jan, 2021

Community Accessability seeking Human Resource Business Partner

January 18th, 2021|

Community Accessability are seeking an experienced Human Resources professional to join our organisation. This is a part time opportunity of 3 to 4 days per week (negotiable) and would be based in Wodonga, with some travel across other office locations as required.

Reporting to the CEO and forming part of the leadership team, this is an integral role within the Community Accessability structure, required to drive and improve people performance across the organisation. The incumbent will be required to provide expert HR advice, coaching and service delivery in all areas relating to employment and HR issues, including the management of the employee life cycle, people management, development of frontline managers, complex case management, learning and development, Workcover and cultural leadership.

This is a blended role requiring the incumbent to be hands on, as well as delivering the strategic HR priorities of the business.

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
The ideal person will have extensive experience in a true HR generalist role with qualifications in HRM, Industrial Relations or equivalent.
• Previous relevant experience as a Human Resource Manager or Business Partner in a medium to large business across multiple sites.
• Experience in Industrial Relations and complex case management, including disciplinary processes, investigations and grievance resolution.
• Proven ability to interpret and apply Award conditions and National Employment Standards and working knowledge of the Fair Work Act.
• Experience in cultural change and organisational development.
• Proven skills and ability to coach and support leaders.
• A current drivers licence is essential.

WHY WORK FOR US?
• A competitive salary of $80,000 full-time equivalent (amount will be determined based on whether the incumbent is 3 or 4 days per week) + superannuation is being offered for this role. In addition, you will also be able to maximise […]

12 Jan, 2021

New VTCTA Members

January 12th, 2021|

We recently welcomed onboard 4 new VTCTA Members.

If you are from an organisation who is not a VTCTA member we encourage you to consider becoming members so the Community Transport state peak body can represent you and advocate on your behalf. Every membership strengthens our voice. Details of membership can be found on our website here.

24 Dec, 2020

End of 2020 message from VTCTA Chair  

December 24th, 2020|

2020 has been a year like no other. Prior to COVID the VTCTA Committee was kept busy progressing the issues relating to the ERO, aged care Commonwealth funding (block funding) and Commonwealth funding equity for Victoria. It was a great outcome to receive advise from the Commonwealth that indicated the ERO, or rather the equivalent funding, would be extended beyond 2020 and will be included in future CHSP funding agreements.

The sectors advocacy work in relation to the retention of block funding for transport gained traction throughout the year. There is no doubt our concerns have been heard of which will play a pivotal role in designing a single unified system for care of the elderly that brings together Home Care Packages and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). This is now a critical time for the sectors as any change will impact future Commonwealth funding agreements.

In my role of Chair of ACTA I look forward to, on behalf of the sector, ongoing dialog with the Department of Health as the program design takes shape. Commonwealth funding equity for Victoria remains a key advocacy project and will no doubt figure prominently in the current VTCTA strategic review currently underway. Of course most of the year was focused on COVID-19 and we together stepped through what was clearly uncharted waters. A key objective of our response was the engagement from the membership and responding to the specific needs from providers in Victoria and Tasmania. It became very clear that VTCTA members required accurate and timely advice and to that end we commenced weekly conferences of which have continued throughout. I would like to a specially thank our EO, Suzanne Phoenix for her hard work and dedication […]

15 Dec, 2020

VTCTA Community Transport COVID-19 Sector Update Recording – Tuesday 15 December

December 15th, 2020|

Thanks to everyone who attended VICTAS Community Transport Association Community Transport Sector Update, the final of 14 sessions in 2020.

Our speakers were:

Facilitated by Vivienne Cunningham-Smith, CEO Eastern Volunteers Resource Centre, VTCTA Secretary and ACTA Committee Member

If you missed it you can watch it and any of the public sessions on our YouTube channel here