SA Health - Allied Health Assistants Review Update

22 June 2018

The Public Service Association (PSA) has now received formal advice from the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment of SA Health’s intention to commence the implementation of the transition arrangements of those occupational groups identified for inclusion in the AHA Stream.

The PSA is still in discussions with the Office for the Public Sector (OPS) and SA Health in relation to employees initially identified as “out of scope”. The PSA believes that these employees do have clinical supervision or delegation by Allied Health Professionals from the information received by members. If you are one of these staff and have not already done so, please make contact with PSA Senior Industrial Officer Sue Cummins.

The PSA has received the final versions of the draft Translation Guide pack of documents for the Allied Health Assistants Stream (here) from the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s Office. The documents include the PSA’s initial feedback, comprising:

  •     Guide for Transitions to AHA Stream (the main intention of this guide is to assist Managers with workforce planning and governance responsibilities. The guide also includes Generic Role Description Templates)
  •     AHA Transition Staff Information – designed for the in-scope Assistants regarding the translation process – The PSA is still in discussions in relation to what the Allied Health Lead’s Office deems ‘out of scope’;
  •     AHA Transition Process Flowchart – again designed for Managers and Workforce to determine the relevant translation level with the preserved date of 31 July 2018
  •     AHA Translation Assessment Forms:
    •         AHA-1 Competency Assessment (for use July 2018 and ongoing) – for staff who are not ready to translation to AHA2 due to performance;
    •         OPS-2 Manager Initiated Translation Assessment (for use July 2018) – designed to assist with the initial translation which may result in OPS-2 staff translating to AHA -3 with the preserved date of 31 July 2018;
    •         OPS-3 Manager Initiated Translation Assessment (for use July 2018) – designed to assist with the initial translation which may result in OPS-3 staff translating to AHA-4 with the preserved date of 31 July 2018.
    •         AHA Reclassification Application OPS-2/AHA-2 to AHA-3 (for use July 2018 and ongoing) – has been streamlined from usual reclassification application; and
    •         AHA Reclassification Application OPS-3/AHA-3 to AHA-4 (for use July 2018 and ongoing) – has been streamlined from usual reclassification application.
  •     Equivalency of Qualification Guide. Note this is still a work in progress depending on the final in-scope staff cohort for this phase.


The PSA is considering the formal proposal from government to modify the wording in Appendix 10 of the SAMPSEAS in relation to including Radiotherapists in the group of AHPs assisted by AHAs, and the range of duties required to be undertaken by AHAs at the AHA3 level.

SA Health is also proposing that for those staff not holding a relevant certificate and seeking classification base on equivalency as prescribed in the level definitions, the operative date of the first pay period on or after 31 July 2018 will be maintained as long as the AHA has written confirmation of commencing a formal Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process through TAFE SA by 31 July 2018 and the RPL is successfully completed by 30 April 2019. The PSA understands costs for formalising RPL will be reimbursed by government.

Given the short lead time to implement the agreed transition arrangements, the Commissioner is seeking the PSA’s formal written agreement in full by COB, 26 June 2018, as the operative date date for translation and payment is dependent on agreement by 31 July 2018. To enable the PSA to respond to OPS, please send your feedback to PSA.

It is still critical that the PSA understands the current employment status of affected members. To assist in building our understanding and ensure the best outcomes, we ask that affected members complete our online survey here.

There is still time to complete the survey if you have not already done so. The PSA will be closing the survey on 6 July 2018.

The enterprise agreement requires that a review and transition to the new AHA stream be undertaken within six months of the approval of the agreement. The earliest date for translation, noting that the translation arrangements do not apply until the first pay period on or after the prescribed period (31 July 2018), is 6 August 2018.

Full details, including the Allied Health Assistant work level definitions and transition arrangements, are contained in Appendix 10 of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (available here).