Prison Privatisation – PSA Attends The South Australian Employment Court

21 November 2018

The Public Service Association (PSA) yesterday attended the South Australian Employment Court in a first directions hearing about the privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC). This appearance follows a previous compulsory conference facilitated by a South Australian Employment Tribunal Commissioner.

The Department for Correctional Services (DCS) stated they require greater detail about the information the PSA is seeking for consultation in relation to the decision to privatise the ARC. This follows the PSA’s numerous previous formal correspondence which has included a comprehensive lists of information required. DCS also indicated the Attorney-General may have an interest in the matter as it relates to the release of information the Department believes may be Cabinet in confidence, commercial in confidence, in the public interest to withhold, and various other technical legal reasons.

The PSA has once more agreed (this time in the court) to write to DCS providing further detail what information is required from the Department for genuine consultation within seven days of the hearing.

DCS will then have 14 days to disclose the information, or reasons as to why they cannot provide the information.

The next directions hearing is listed for 17 December 2018.

The PSA will continue to keep members informed of the progress of the case as the matter progresses.

For more information on upcoming activities in the PSA’s campaign against the privatisation of prisons contact your PSA Worksite Representative or PSA Industrial Officer.