SSO Update | Classification Survey, Year 7 Pilot, Questions for Rick Persse, and More

07 November 2019

PSA SSO Organiser has been visiting worksites, gathering information, and meeting with members and the department about a range of activities and issues currently facing school staff.

Classification Survey
Thank you to all those who responded to our SSO Classification Survey. The survey closed on Friday 1 November 2019 and responses will be collated and provided to the department in the coming weeks. More than 270 people have responded to the survey, providing invaluable insight into your employment conditions.

Year 7 Pilot
Kate has visited a number of schools directly impacted by the Year 7 Pilot taking place next year. Discussions have been held about what the change might mean for different worksites, what that means for SSO employment, how this might be managed and what conversations have occurred in schools so far.

The PSA was asked to nominate a representative to take place in Intensive Stakeholder workshop sessions. PSA SSO from Parafield Gardens R-7 School has attended two of these workshops so far and is providing valuable insight to the project team. If you would like to provide any feedback or ask any questions for Renee to raise in that forum, please send them by email so that they can be passed on.

PSA Team Leader, Organising and PSA SSO Organiser, met with Year 7 Project Team staff at the Department for Education (DE) on Thursday 31 October 2019 to discuss the feedback received and the provisions put in place by the department.

The PSA’s position is that during a pilot, no one should be disadvantaged and there should be no loss of hours for any SSOs. The department is not willing to commit to this and have indicated there will be a loss of temporary hours at some feeder primary schools. Those impacted by this reduction of hours should have already been informed of this by their site leader. If you have been impacted by the pilot and will lose hours next year because of the year 7 transition, please contact the PSA to discuss your options.

Questions for Department for Education Chief Executive Rick Persse
At the PSA’s 2019 SSO Conference held in late August, Department for Education Chief Executive Rick Persse invited the PSA to write to him with a list of questions from members. The PSA has now sent the questions to Mr Persse, (here) , and will update members when a response is received. We have also requested a regular meeting in order to address the many and varied questions and concerns we receive from SSOs.

SSO Networks
The Northern SSO Network held its first meeting on Thursday 17 October 2019 in Elizabeth. The next Southern SSO Network meeting will be held on Monday 4 November 2019 in Christies Beach. Please contact PSA if you would like to be involved in either of the networks. The purpose of these meetings is to remain engaged with one another, discuss common issues, answer questions others may have, and to build our strength through organising.

Permanency in employment
The department’s Recruitment and Selection of Ancillary Staff Policy states that the primary method of employment for SSOs is permanent employment. The PSA understands that this does not always translate into what many of our SSO members have experienced. The PSA is examining ways to address this at individual, site, or department levels. If you have been on rolling contracts or in temporary employment in the same role for more than two years, you may be entitled to ongoing employment. We will keep members informed about this issue.