Could Service SA be the Next DPTI Function To Go?

09 July 2019

The Public Service Association (PSA) is concerned that recent questions in Parliament and media reports suggest that the Government are seriously considering privatisation of the Motor Vehicle Registry and Service SA in the near future.

In Parliament on Thursday July 4 Minister Knoll was asked to rule out these privatisations, to which the Minister referred to the contract signed under the previous Government to privatise the Land Titles Office which included an option to sell other public assets and services.

The PSA has called on the Minister to release the Land Titles Office contract and categorically rule out any further privatisations.

The Government has already broken a promise made by Premier Marshall at the PSA Election Forum in February 2018 that his party would not pursue a privatisation agenda. Despite this Minister Knoll and DPTI have already embarked on privatising Road Maintenance, and the operations and maintenance of our trains and trams.

The Government must come clean on what other privatisations they are considering.

The PSA and other affected unions met with the Department in relation to the recent announcement of privatisation of our trains and trams last week. At this meeting all unions sent a collective message that the Chief Executive of Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) needs to urgently explain to members what jobs will go and why this Department is facing further privatisation.

The PSA has again requested the Chief Executive meet with the PSA as a matter of urgency and has reiterated it is not sufficient for DPTI to send Officers to a meeting with your union who are unable to provide any rationale or specific details into DPTI privatisations.