Advanced Correctional Officer - CO3 Numbers - Dispute Lodged in the Industrial Relations Commission

06 September 2016

As a result of the ongoing disagreement between the PSA and DCS about the establishment numbers used for calculating the 30% benchmark for Advanced Correctional Officer (CO3) assignments the PSA has lodged a dispute in the Industrial Relation Commission.

The PSA contends that the number of OPS2 staff working in Correctional Institutions as at 1 January 2013 is the number listed on relevant Institutions rosters.

The Enterprise Agreement at Appendix 7, Clause 7.2 states in part that number is “the total number of the existing establishment for OPS-2 Correctional Officers working in Correctional Institutions from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 January 2013.”

The PSA does not accept the DCS interpretation that the establishment numbers are based on approvals by Cabinet and funds provided by Treasury associated to the agreed negotiations resulting in the Enterprise Agreements 2012 and 2014.