Go home on time day was on the 21st of November. Do you know what time you'll leave for home at the end of the day? Do you finish at a precise time every day of the week?
Apparently, more than two million Australians head out to work each morning, and have almost no idea what time they will knock-off at the end of the day.
Now in its fourth year, ‘Go Home On Time Day’ is an initiative of The Australia Institute, a public policy think tank based in Canberra.
Go home on time has a somewhat different connotation for many DHS/DS direct care staff, with the department working towards clock on and off machines in an attempt to counter the rorting of work hours.
Many direct care staff working in department group homes consider they have finished work when all the domestic work is done. They do not see a significant part of their duty of care as consistent and meaningful PCAS and PBS – Interaction, developmental and social activities with the residents – quality of life care, rather than minder care.
NOTE: The above mentioned questionable occurrences are as a direct result of the failure of all levels of department management to properly, proactively and consistently manage the business of ensuring their direct care and support services for people with disabilities are well within the direction, intention and spirit of the department’s comprehensive and extensive care policies, standards and values.
These questionable occurrences are most disturbing to the great many direct care staff who want to do the job right, but are often intimidated by staff lore and house politics if they attempt to do so. This is especially so for those who have just completed 'Certificate 4', and are motivated by the quality of life aspect of the course.