Appropriate Usage of Closed Circuit Television at AYTC

27 July 2018

The PSA, for a considerable time, has been seeking clarity regarding the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) at the Adelaide Youth Training Centre (AYTC). The PSA has been very clear in articulating that CCTV can never be used as a tool for general supervision of staff.

The PSA had requested that Security Order 62 be amended to include wording that would mitigate against this. The PSA also requested that:

1. A register of specified users be compiled. This register would identify who has access to the CCTV footage and the rationale why.

2. A robust auditing process to ensure compliance be developed.

The formal response here from the Department of Human Services (DHS) has not addressed these points. The correspondence essentially advises that the current Order (Security Order 62) is under review as part of a proposed revision of the full suite of AYTC Orders relating to video and audio recording, use and storage.

The response also fails to address members’ concern in relation to CCTV being used inappropriately and to supervise staff on a general day to day basis.
While the Orders are being reviewed, the PSA encourages any member who believes that CCTV is being accessed inappropriately to raise this at the local level initially with the intent to escalate if the matter is not dealt with in a fair and equitable manner.

In addition, members should ensure that they participate fully in any meetings scheduled by the employer to review the Operational and Security Orders. This will be particularly important with the proposed introduction of body-worn cameras and the associated changes.

Any member who would like to provide feedback can contact the PSA.