Trial of Staffing Arrangements For Reception and Control Room at Jonal Drive Campus

09 November 2018

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been supporting members at Adelaide Youth Training in relation to securing appropriate staffing for the reception and control room at Jonal Drive campus.

The PSA has raised concerns regarding inadequate consultation on this matter. An appropriate staffing model is of paramount importance to ensure member and resident safety at all times when working in a secure care environment.

The PSA convened a member meeting on 26 October 2018 and sent out communications to members seeking feedback on staffing proposals. The PSA provided the Department for Human Services (DHS) with the feedback and a request for formal consultation to occur. Consequently, a meeting with HR, AYTC management, PSA Organiser and a PSA Worksite Representative as a representative of control and reception room staff was scheduled for 5 November 2018.

Many matters of concern were tabled at the meeting which were considered by Management. This has now been followed up with formal correspondence from DHS (here) advising of a four week trial commencing on 9 November 2018. The preferred staffing model put forward by the PSA on behalf of members has not been agreed to.

Instead, the proposal for the trial period is that the specified area will be staffed by 2 OPS2 workers from 7:00am – 3:00pm. On all other shifts the area will be staffed only by 1 OPS2 worker with scope for 1 OPS2 worker to be provided from the Police Custody Unit, from 2:30pm – 11:00pm, if deemed necessary.

During the trial period, staff will be asked to gather information to monitor the activity within the reception space to enable management to develop a final staffing model.

The PSA will be responding formally to the correspondence sent by DHS and seeking a genuine and appropriate consultative forum at the completion of the four weeks with broad representation from control room members, Worksite Representatives, Supervisors, Work Health Safety Representatives and the PSA. There will be many matters that will need to be discussed and agreed on before operations within this area can proceed on an ongoing basis.

The PSA encourages members to provide feedback to your WSRs and to document evidence that will substantiate members’ preferred staffing model particularly should resident numbers increase in the future.

Member safety is our priority. It should be yours too. Your entitlement to a safe and healthy work environment is enshrined in clause 19.1 of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017.

Please ensure you take responsibility for conditions of employment in your workplace by making your viewpoints known.