A review into employment law governing parliamentarians and their staff has made 15 recommendations to address concerns about the power disparity.
Power disparity worries parliament staff
A landmark review into the employment relationship between parliamentarians and their staff has described a power imbalance sparking culture concerns.
Employees told a review into the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act there isn’t a culture of raising issues or complaints in parliamentary offices with staff acutely aware of the power disparity.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet review says there is a perception from staff they can be too easily fired through a process that “lacks procedural fairness”.
It also heard concerns that procedures enabling parliamentarians to fire staff shouldn’t be lengthy or onerous.