News Archives March 2019

DE Job Cuts: Member Feedback Update

Many members are feeling the impacts of the proposed staff cuts in the Department for Education. The impact of government cuts are a loss of specialised skills from the public sector, a loss of programs and a loss to the community. The PSA has held four consultative meetings so far with PSA members and has been gathering your feedback around the proposed DE job cuts and associated restructures. more>

Response from the Chief Executive, Department for Trade Tourism and Investment

As previously communicated, the Public Service Association (PSA) wrote to the Department for Trade Tourism and Investment (DTTI) on behalf of members requesting clarification on on number of issues about the delay in the Transformation Project. more>

PSA Presents to SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging Select Committee

PSA Assistant General Secretary presented an oral submission on behalf of members yesterday to the Select Committee of the Legislative Council on matters relating to SA Pathology and SA Medical Imaging. more>

TAFE SA Update | Information Services/library Review; The Facilities and Procurement Review; and The Improving Practices Realignment

As reported in the Public Service Association’s (PSA) Information Update on 20 December 2017, the PSA had lodged a dispute in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) about three TAFE SA Internal Reviews/Restructures and Realignments and the Nous Review announced by the then Minister for Education and Higher Skills. more>

Adelaide Remand Centre | Industrial Court Determines PSA aas Arguable Case

In a decision handed down today the South Australian Employment Court has found the PSA has an arguable case that the Government has breached its obligations to consult with the PSA and our members about matters arising from the privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre. more>

PSA Update: SALHN Will not be Implementing The Allied Health and Intermediate Care Workforce Model and Organisational Structure 3.1

SALHN has announced that, due to changes in the Health environment, the SALHN Allied Health and Intermediate Care Model 3.1 will not be rolled out. The PSA has provided SALHN with a considerable amount of member feedback about this proposed structure during the draft stages of the proposal. more>

SALHN MH Adult Community Mental Health (CMH) Reform |Amended Service Plan and Proposed Workforce Profiles | PSA Member Feedback Sought

Further to the extensive feedback provided by PSA members to SALHN MH management in December 2018, SALHN MH have indicated that changes have been made to the original SALHN Adult CMH Reform Service Plan and Workforce Proposals. more>

SA Employment Tribunal Conciliation Conference - SOP 90 Management of Prisoners at Risk of Suicide or Self-harm

The PSA attended a conciliation conference in the SA Employment Tribunal (SAET) in relation to the SOP 90 “Management of Prisoners at Risk of Suicide or Self-harm” dispute. The PSA was represented by PSA Worksite Representatives from the AWP, PAP, YLP and the ARC. Two Senior Industrial Officers from the PSA were also in attendance. more>

Proposed Changes to the Metrocard Unit

The PSA attended a meeting with staff in the MetroCard Unit for the announcement of a proposal to change a number of roles within the MetroCard Unit at Netley. more>

Community Corrections Workload Tool | Call for Feedback

On 12 March 2019, PSA attended a staff presentation delivered by Principal Advisor Community Corrections about the proposed Workload Tool. more>

Department for Health and Wellbeing | Future State Design | Call for PSA Members’ Contributions

The creation of a prevention agency called Wellbeing SA is referred to in the State Government’s policy platforms: Better Prevention for a Healthy South Australia and Targeted Health Prevention. Until now the PSA has not been included in any consultation on the early development of this prevention agency. more>

Department for Health and Wellbeing | Procurement and Supply Chain Management | Budget Savings Strategy

The Public Service Association (PSA) has now been advised of the proposed outcome of the review of Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSCM), Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) to meet budget savings requirements in 2018-2020 as specified by the State Government. more>

Shared Services | Changes to Accounts Receivable and Document Capture: Feedback Sought

The PSA has been advised of Shared Services’ intention to make changes in the Accounts Receivable and Document Capture units. more>

Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) | Sustainment Project | Early Works Decanting | Member Feedback Sought

The Public Service Association (PSA) is your industrial representative on the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Sustainment Industrial Liaison Forum. Through this group and formal correspondence, WCHN has invited the PSA to provide feedback on the WCH Sustainment Project – Early Works Decanting. more>

DE Job Cuts and Restructures: Union Feedback Submission Attached

The Public Service Association (PSA) has provided a comprehensive submission to the Department for Education (DE) about the DE job cuts and associated restructures. Thank you to everyone who attended a union meeting or provided feedback to the PSA. more>

DE Proposal | Realignment of Aboriginal Education Directorate

The Department for Education (DE) has announced an intention to realign aspects of the Aboriginal Education Directorate, in particular the role of the Director, Aboriginal Education. more>

Serco Announced to Operate the Adelaide Remand Centre

Serco has been awarded the contract to operate the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC). The first public announcement about the decision was made by Serco to their shareholders through a stock exchange announcement late last night in a sign of where the government’s priorities in prison management in this state appear to lie. more>

World Social Work Day 2019 | The PSA Thanks our Social Work Members

The Public Service Association (PSA) has Social Worker members working in various roles in the public sector, such as inpatient health, community health, mental health, child protection, community corrections, prison health, education, and many more areas. more>

SA Housing Authority - Emergency Accommodation Trial

PSA Members have raised concerns about the current trial which is under way centralising Emergency Accommodation. The PSA has requested a meeting with Housing SA to discuss the impacts of this trial. Members are encouraged to provide feedback about how the trial is impacting them to be submitted at this meeting. more>

Phlebotomist Reclassification | Call to Action

The PSA is assisting SA Pathology Phlebotomist members towards a group personal reclassification. Much of the work has been done and the group submission is imminent. more>

Education - Proposed Machinery of Government Change | Child and Family Intensive Support System

The Department for Education (DE) has written to the PSA to inform us of the creation of a Child and Family Intensive Support Unit. The Child and Family Intensive Support Unit is proposed to involve a Machinery of Government Change that will affect 211 FTE within the Department for Education proposed to be transferred to the Department of Human Services as of 1 July 2019. DE has informed the PSA that all staff are proposed to transition and there will not be a reduction in roles or service delivery. more>

PSA Residential Care Workers Unanimously Oppose 12 Hour Shifts | Update

The PSA met with the Department for Child Protection (DCP) today (Wednesday, 20 March 2019) to deliver the message from members that we oppose 12 hour shifts in Residential Care. more>

PSA Members Win Changes to DEW Structure

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been informed that changes members asked for to the new Organisation Structure have been accepted. These changes include a reduction in Executive Director and Director positions as well as changes to the structure which re-balance focus on Heritage and Native Vegetation. more>

SA Housing Authority - TVSP Impacts on Northern Services

Staff in the Northern Services region will have received a proposed organisational chart which is currently out for consultation. more>

Pay Errors for OPX Staff at The Intensive Compliance Unit

Members would be aware that the PSA has been pursuing clarity for OPX members at the Intensive Compliance Unit (ICU) who work rotating shifts over seven days regarding appropriate remuneration when taking recreation leave. more>

Adelaide Remand Centre Legal Case Update

The legal case about the privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre and proper consultation around that decision and subsequent implementation continued this week. There have been two further appearances before the South Australian Employment Court this week following our previously reported appearance on Tuesday 19 March 2019. more>

SA Employment Tribunal Conciliation Conference | SOP 90 Management of Prisoners at Risk of Suicide or Self-harm

The PSA attended a further conciliation conference in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) in relation to the SOP 90 “Management of Prisoners at Risk of Suicide or Self-harm” dispute. more>

Landscape South Australia Bill: We Need Your Feedback

The Landscape South Australia Bill 2019 was introduced to the Parliament last week. This Bill is intended to replace the current Natural Resources Management Act. This is our first chance to see the State Government’s vision for the Department and the work and working arrangements for members in DEW, including how the proposed Landscape Boards will operate. more>

ASSISTANTS TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ENTERPRISE BARGAINING - OFFER EXPECTED SOON

Negotiations on your Enterprise Agreement held on Wednesday 6 March 2019 reached the point where the government representatives advised they will make a cabinet submission which should result in a formal offer. If this offer is accepted by the employee representatives (including the PSA), a draft Enterprise Agreement (EA) will be sent to all Assistants to Members of Parliament to vote either "Yes" or "No". more>