UPDATE ON WAVRS DISPUTE

ATTENTION WESTERN HEALTH SECURITY OFFICERS:
UPDATE ON WAVRS DISPUTE

The HWU is still in dispute with Western Health regarding the use of WAVRS in patient areas (such as wards, cubicles etc).

This dispute is still before the Fair Work Commission.

We believe that there is an unacceptable risk that the use of WAVRS in patient areas could give rise to inadvertent breaches of the Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Vic).

The Surveillance Devices Act prohibits the recording of ‘private activities’ without consent.

Currently, the Victorian Parliament is debating proposals to change the Surveillance Devices Act, in the context of police officers and other emergency service workers being protected from prosecution when using body-worn cameras.

The fact that Parliament believes the law needs to change confirms our concern that the use of WAVRS could see Security Officers break the law.

We are making representations to Government on this issue and are awaiting the outcome from Parliament before we continue our dispute at the Fair Work Commission.

In the interim, if a member is concerned they may be recording private activities in patient areas (such as ward areas, cubicles etc), our view is that you are within their rights to not use the WAVR.