SafeWorkSA Consultation Processes

10 April 2018

There has been some recent confusion generated by the management of SafeworkSA about the process of consultation that is required by the Enterprise Agreement.

It appears there is an attempt to avoid their obligations to consult by insisting that they only consult one of your Worksite Representatives rather than use the established consultative committee (which includes your Worksite Representatives and PSA Organiser) and the formal PSA structures including the PSA office.

Your Worksite Representatives do an amazing job of supporting you at the local level. The role of the PSA Organiser and PSA industrial staff is to support Worksite Representatives, keep an oversight on changes and manage the process of consulting members and providing feedback about change.

Not consulting with the PSA is a breach of the agreement and so is implementing change without consultation.

The PSA has called for an urgent consultative committee meeting so this issue can be resolved.

Below is a clarification about what the Enterprise Agreement says about consultation.

1. What consultation involves

Consultation involves sharing information, exchanging views, and genuine opportunity to contribute to decision making and also consulting with the union.

2. How it should be done

Agencies must consult in good faith, not simply advise what is done. It is also agreed that effective workplace relationships can only be achieved if appropriate consultation between the parties occurs on a regular basis.

3. Consultation about change

Any change including restructure/reorganisation (however described) that will affect employees should not be implemented before appropriate consultation has occurred with employee representatives who will be given opportunity to adequately consult with the people they represent in relation to any proposed changes that affect their working conditions or the services employees provide.

Please contact the PSA if you have any questions and issues at Please also encourage your colleagues who are not yet members to join the PSA. They can do this online here.