News Archives May 2019

Tafe SA | Proposed Changes | Educational Business Units | Staff Consultation Sessions

The Public Service Association (PSA) was advised on Monday 29 April 2019 of six concurrent Staff Consultation Sessions to be held on Wednesday 1 May 2019. The PSA has been advised the sessions – one for each Unit - are for salaried staff across Educational Business Units to formally commence consultation regarding Business Unit changes. more>

Business Services Review | Feedback Requested

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been attending regular consultative forums about the functional review of Business Services at Adelaide Youth Training Centre (AYTC) and Grenfell Street. more>

Court finds DCS Breached the Enterprise Agreement about Privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre

Following a three day trial, the Court has found the Department for Correctional Services failed to consult as required by the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 about a number of issues relating to the implementation of the privatisation of the ARC. more>

Serious Consultation Concerns about Proposed Changes to TAFE SA “Student Experience Transformation”

A PSA Organiser and Worksite Representatives (WSRs) attended the “Student Experience Transformation” staff consultation sessions held yesterday. During and following these sessions, PSA members raised a large number of concerns about the process of consultation. more>

Assistants to Members of Parliament | Enterprise Agreement Vote Opens 6 May 2019

Negotiations for the new Assistants to Members of Parliament Enterprise Agreement have progressed as far as possible. All participants in the negotiations, including the PSA and the ASU have agreed that the draft Enterprise Agreement should be sent to eligible employees for a decision – Yes or No. more>

End Of Tenancy Processes | Staff Consultation

Many members have already contacted with PSA with concerns about the changes to process for End of Tenancy.The recent General Manager Update outlined significant changes from previous discussions about how this process would be conducted in a post June 21 environment. more>

DE Job Cuts Updates | Information for Current and Future Unplaced Employees

Throughout this budget cut process the PSA has been making every effort to make sure current and future unplaced employees are considered for available roles in DE. It is fundamental that employees at risk of becoming excess are prioritised and that institutional knowledge is not lost from DE through these budget cut restructures. more>

PSA to Lodge Dispute in the South Australian Employment Tribunal About Serious Consultation Concerns

The Public Service Association (PSA) is in the process of lodging an urgent dispute in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET), following correspondence received on Tuesday 8 May 2019 from the TAFE SA Chief Executive (CE), advising that the consultation period will remain as is – ie closing on Wednesday 15 May 2019. more>

Court Issues Orders Following Finding DCS Breached Enterprise Agreement

The Deputy President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal issued orders late yesterday afternoon. This follows legal submissions on the proposed orders he included in his decision on the PSA’s case more>

NALHN Mental Health | Additional Inpatient Forensic Mental Health Service (fmhs) Beds At Glenside Campus - Proposed Model Of Care (MoC) and Operational Service Plan | Member Feedback Sought

NALHN MH has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the proposed MoC and service plan for the additional inpatient FMHS beds at Glenside campus. more>

Nyland Funded Positions in Child Protection Under Threat?

The Public Service Association (PSA) is concerned that it appears the $432 million in additional Child Protection funding which followed from the Nyland Royal Commission is coming to an end on 30 June 2019. more>

PSA Privatisation Forum 30 May 2019 | Privatisation... In Whose Interest?

n recent times Governments of both persuasions have put privatisation of South Australian Public Services back on the agenda.But when services that fulfil an essential human need, like education, health, public infrastructure, electricity and transport are sold off to wealthy corporations hungry for profit, everyone loses. more>

Legal Secretaries Positions Reduction in Crown Solicitor’s Office | Feedback Please

The Crown Solicitor’s Office has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about further proposed changes resulting from expressions of interest in separation packages in the Office. The new proposal is the loss of another ASO2 Legal Secretary position after one position was lost earlier this year. more>

Governemtn to appeal Court finding that DCS breached the Enterprise Agreement

The Government has formally lodged an appeal against the Court’s decision that the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) failed to consult as required by the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 about a number of issues relating to the implementation of the privatisation of the ARC. more>

DEW Update: Reshaping DEW Consultation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been notified by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) of the next consultation phase under the ‘Reshaping DEW’ project. As part of this phase the National Parks and Wildlife Division will established. more>

Nyland Funded Positions | DCP Responds to PSA Push

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been pushing the Department for Child Protection to clarify the future status of staff employed by injection of funding post the Nyland Royal Commission. Recent actions include an information update sent to members last Friday and recent public comments on the issue through the media. more>

PSA DASSA Model of Care Feedback

PSA members recently submitted feedback about DASSA’s proposed Model of Care (MoC).The MoC appears to reflect a shift away from the previous holistic model of care to become more of a medically oriented model. more>

DPTI WHS Update: Outcomes of Consultation on WHS Procedures

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has informed the Public Service Association (PSA) of the outcome of the consultation leading to changes in the following Work Health & Safety (WHS) Guidelines and Procedures more>

DEW Update: Additional Restructures Announced

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been notified by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) of the additional restructures in the Office of the Chief Executive and the Water Infrastructure and Operations Division as part of the current phase of the ‘Reshaping DEW’ project. more>

URA Classification Transition for Former Renewal SA Staff in Housing Authority

The PSA has been advised by the South Australian Housing Authority that the URA to Enterprise Agreement classification transition process was completed on 10 May 2019. The PSA now seeks feedback from members regarding the transition process from their perspective, particularly with regard to the classification they have been allocated to. more>

Courts Administration Authority | Consultation Around Change

What is consultation around change and when is it required? What should you expect your employer to do when change is proposed? PSA members have reported change happening in workplaces but your employer, CAA, has not been formally advising the PSA nor providing the information other public service agencies and departments do when change occurs in their workplaces. more>

TAFE SA | “Student Experience Transformation” Restructure | PSA and Members’ Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the comprehensive feedback provided at the PSA’s meetings with more than 230 salaried staff; more than 100 emails and phone calls, as well as feedback provided from members through your PSA Worksite Representatives. more>

TAFE SA | Proposed Relocations of Courses from Port Adelaide Campus | PSA and Members’ Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the feedback provided to the PSA via meetings, emails and phone calls. The PSA, members and students continue to hold serious concerns regarding the future learning pathways for the communities of the Port Adelaide and surrounding areas if this campus is closed. The PSA continues to oppose this proposed closure. more>

Proposed Changes to The Correctional Services Act 1982

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received correspondence from the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services inviting comment on a Bill to introduce changes to the Correctional Services Act 1982. more>

Save Our Services Rally - 13 June 2019 | and More

The PSA's campaign against budget cuts and privatisations in the public sector is continuing on a range of fronts. With the 2019 State Budget approaching, we are ramping up our efforts to gain increased public support for well-resourced, high quality, essential public services. more>

TAFE SA | Proposed Facilities and Procurement Services Review | PSA Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) recently received a response from TAFE SA in relation to the feedback provided by the PSA on behalf of members about the proposed Facilities and Procurement Services (FAPS) review. This response was circulated to FAPS members by your PSA Worksite Representative Linda Deuter for members’ comment. more>

Management Fails to Honour Agreement on Consultation at Adelaide Women’s Prison

Last week PSA members at the Adelaide Women’s prison (AWP) held negotiations with the Department of Correctional services about consultation on benchmarking principles, part of the Department’s ‘Better Prison’ program. more>

CALHN Mental Health (MH) | Community Mental Health (CMH) Reform Draft Model Of Care (MoC) | PSA Members’ Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the feedback provided to the PSA at member meetings and via phone and email regarding the CALHN MH CMH Reform draft MoC. more>

SA Water | Proposed Restructure | Customer Growth and Digital Transformation Teams | Member Feedback Sought

SA Water (SAW) has advised the Community and Public Sector Union State Public Services Federation Group (South Australian Branch) (CPSU/PSA) of a proposed restructure of the Customer Growth and Digital Transformation teams within the Customer Delivery Group. The PowerPoint and proposed Position Descriptions provided to staff have also been forwarded to the CPSU/PSA by SAW. more>

Water Security, Policy and Planning Branch Restructure

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been notified by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) of a proposed restructure of the Water Security, Policy and Planning branch in the Water and River Murray Division as part of the current phase of the ‘Reshaping DEW’ project. more>

Salary Sacrificing in the New Country Health Structure | Update

The PSA has heard concerns from members across Country Health about the security of access to salary sacrificing arrangements under the devolved health model. more>

SA Water | Proposed Restructure | Maintenance Group | Member Feedback Sought

SA Water (SAW) has advised the Community and Public Sector Union State Public Services Federation Group (South Australian Branch) (CPSU/PSA) of a proposed restructure of the Maintenance Group. The PowerPoint and proposed Position Descriptions provided to staff have also been forwarded to the CPSU/PSA by SAW. more>

Assistants to MPs Enterprise Agreement | Ballot Outcome

The outcome was "NO". The employer is proposing that another ballot of all Assistants to Members of Parliament be conducted. more>