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2018-09-27

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Re-employment Policy Relaxed

Australia Post’s longstanding policy regarding re-employment after redundancy has recently changed. 

In line with traditional public sector arrangements Australia Post strictly enforced a policy of not allowing former employees who had accepted redundancies to return to new employment with the company. 

We have, for some time now, advocated for a change to this policy. 

Redundancy benefits are important to our members. They are there to ensure if the work you perform is no longer available and there are no suitable alternate roles, that you exit the company with some financial assistance to help you stay on your feet while seeking alternative employment. 

However, with rapid changes occurring within the company, suitable alternative work that may not have been available at the time of your retrenchment, may become available later. Our view has always been that members should not be penalised by being prevented from applying as external candidates to return to the company in a new role simply because they accepted a redundancy earlier on. 

With that and after many discussions with management, today’s policy change, we feel, strikes a fairer balance. 

Changes announced today mean that employees who exit the company via redundancy may seek re-employment with Australia Post after a period of two years. 

This change will ensure that redundancies remain genuine, while also providing the opportunity for an employee who meets skills requirements to be re-employed by the company in to suitable externally-advertised roles in the future should they wish to pursue an application.

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