Fantastic Outcomes – Well Done Community Corrections, Edwardstown

19 March 2018

The Public Service Association (PSA) wishes to congratulate members at Community Corrections Edwardstown for their commitment and steadfastness in progressing issues of importance to them over the past few months.

The first issue was the request that Intensive Compliance Officers conducting residential assessments be increased from one to two officers. Significant safety concerns were identified and communicated to the Department for Correctional Services (DCS). DCS responded by advising that approval was granted for two officers to conduct residential assessments effective from 25 January 2018.

The second issue was the request that Intensive Compliance Officers be granted approval for a crib break on day shifts, similar to what is occurring on weekend and public holiday shifts. Late last week, the PSA was advised by email that approval for the implementation of crib breaks for day shift staff had been granted by DCS. The PSA is awaiting formal correspondence confirming this outcome and clarification of when it will commence in line with the new roster.

It is important to note that these outcomes eventuated due to members standing firm together and being willing to follow through with industrial action, if required. The matters raised by members were of extreme importance to them from a work, health and safety perspective and a conditions of employment entitlement as set out in the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017.