Bulletin No: 90 Volume: 23 Wednesday 5 July 2017
To: All UFU MEMBERS
EMERGENCY SERVICES DEFINED BENEFIT SCHEME REVIEW UPDATE
As members were advised in a previous Bulletin, a review is currently being conducted into benefits provided by the Emergency Services Defined Benefits Scheme.
Together with several other matters, the review will consider the appropriateness of important aspects of the scheme such as:
- The current maximum benefit multiple.
- The prospective service age of 55 for death and disability benefits.
- The design of resignation benefit and relativity to retirement benefit.
The UFU have joined together with the Police and Ambulance Employees Associations to provide a submission to the review through the Emergency Services Federation.
Emergency Services Federation Secretaries met with report authors on 1 June to discuss the submission and were united in emphasising that the scheme must provide improved benefits to emergency services workers to be relevant in the future.
A further meeting will take place on 21 July where the Emergency Services Federation will be provided with other submissions to the review and given an opportunity to respond.
The report is now expected to be provided in September.
Improvements to the Emergency Services Defined Benefits Scheme would require amendments to the Emergency Services Superannuation Act which must be passed through parliament.
The UFU wish to emphasise that the review is being conducted on the basis that no emergency services workers may be disadvantaged versus existing entitlements.
Members who have queries in relation to the review should contact UFU Industrial Officer Jeremy Murphy on 0419 127 010.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary