We're proud to offer you an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at a FRACTION of the usual cost!

ACA is delighted to launch a new low-cost, high-quality Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for our members, via a new partnership with LifeWorks - the most trusted mental health and wellbeing partner to over 15,000 organisations around the world. 

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this valuable offer, to give your team of staff the best support available for their ongoing mental health and wellbeing.

We chose LifeWorks because they can offer your team of staff an award-winning, comprehensive modern Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which aims to destigmatise mental health issues and offer a more holistic approach.


What is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)? 

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an external service, paid for by the employer, to ensure their employees and their families have access to professional assistance for personal or work-related issues that are impacting on their employment or work performance.

The EAP usually offers your team of staff a suite of practical services such as counselling or therapy from psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals along with practical everyday life support including general health advice and programs. A comprehensive EAP can even include legal services and financial management or debt support.

All services are confidential 
Any EAP benefits received by employees or family members remain confidential. This means that while the employer pays for the service, they have no insight into an employee's specific use of the service. Employers do not get to know who is utilizing the service, what the reasons are for, or how often employees call.

The benefits of offering your staff an EAP
Supporting your staff with an EAP service means you are providing them with a valuable set of tools to foster positive mental health and wellbeing, maximise productivity and improve organisational culture.

You may be interested to know that ACECQA's Ten Year Workforce Strategy includes an entire focus area on wellbeing (Focus Area 4 on page 52), which calls for research into practical mental health strategies for employees that work and the promotion of these wellbeing supports.


What are the usual costs of an EAP?
EAP services are offered at no cost to the employees - it is the employer who pays for the service.

Under most EAP packages to employers, the employer pays an annual subscription fee and sometimes additional charges depending on the service being accessed by the staff, such as the counselling service (which can be face-to-face or a telehealth service).

Generally the EAP subscription fee to the employer can range from $2,000 - $5,000 annually, with an additional average cost of approximately $90 a year per employee.

The total cost to the business will vary depending on the number of staff employed.


How does the ACA/LifeWorks EAP offer compare to the usual cost?
ACA's new partnership with LifeWorks means we can offer your early learning service an ACA/LifeWorks EAP annual subscription for at a fraction of the usual cost. 

The ACA/LifeWorks EAP pricing structure is:

  • $22 per staff member per year for ACA member; and
  •  no additional subscription fees.

As an example, let's say your early learning service employs 30 staff and you are an ACA member - the annual cost to your service to access the ACA/LifeWorks EAP would be $660.
 
As you can observe, this is an incredible offer, which removes the cost barrier for early learning services to offer their valued team of staff the best wellbeing support available. 


What does the ACA / LifeWorks EAP provide your staff with?

As an ACA/LifeWorks EAP subscriber, your team of staff can individually:

  1. Feel supported 24/7, 365 days a year with a confidential employee assistance programme (EAP) whether they are expecting a baby, going through a divorce, or feeling overwhelmed at work.

  2. Access free professional counselling and therapy services 24/7, by phone, online by browser and by the mobile app.

  3. Access ongoing proactive health advice, via a range of interactive digital tools such as a mobile app and website resources. This includes wellbeing articles, podcasts, tools and resources to read or listen to when feeling stressed or wanting to proacgtively manage their self-care. 

  4. Feel supported by personalised solutions on a guided journey to wellbeing with a tailored level of support that they are comfortable with, when and how they choose it.


You can read a summary of the ACA/LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program here


As you would be acutely aware during this current era, creating a mentally healthy workplace is vitally important for your team of staff.

From a business perspective, fostering the health and wellbeing of your staff can help reduce absenteeism, workers' compensation claims, health care costs, accidents and grievances. At the same time it can also improve employee productivity and engagement, and reduce costs related to employee turnover.

From a community perspective, employers that advocate for the better mental health of their team, are making a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of our families and broader society.

We warmly invite you to take advantage of this highly valuable offer, with a view to ensuring Australia's early learning sector has the appropriate supports in place for the ongoing positive mental health and wellbeing of our very important early childhood educators.

Just complete the online form here to subscribe to the ACA/LifeWorks EAP special member offer. 


PUBLISHED: 13 SEPTEMBER 2022

SOURCE: ACA NATIONAL MEMBER ALERT 12 SEPTEMBER 2022



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