Country Arts SA Contracts Dispute

24 January 2020

On 20 January 2020 the PSA attended the SA Employment Tribunal on behalf of PSA members in relation to the dispute about contracts of employment and access to the Enterprise Agreement Redeployment, Retraining and Redundancy provisions.

In an effort to resolve the dispute the Department of Treasury and Finance (acting for Country Arts SA) proposed a way forward for consideration by the PSA and our members. The key points of their proposal were:

  • Employees with greater than or equal to five years employment (calculated from when they commenced employment to 30 June 2020) will not have their contracts of employment terminated prior to 30 June 2020. If employment for these employees is terminated after 30 June 2020 the termination will be case managed under the Enterprise Agreement Redeployment, Retraining and Redundancy provisions.
  • Country Arts SA will meet with employees with fewer than five years service (calculated from when they commenced employment to 30 June 2020) on an individual basis to discuss their employment circumstances. For each case the circumstances will be dependent on the reason for their role and subsequent contract.
  • The outcome of the SA Employment Tribunal Conference included an agreement for the PSA to delay releasing details until Friday 24 January 2020. The reason for this was to allow Country Arts SA time to conduct individual meetings with staff who have fewer than five years service.


The next step was to meet and discuss this proposal for your consideration.

Unfortunately, on 22 January the PSA received a letter from the Department of Treasury and Finance which did not accurately reflect the proposal they put forward in the Tribunal and which we agreed to take to members. This resulted in the PSA responding in writing to the department, continuing the dispute and also insisting that the status quo remain until this matter is resolved.

It is important that members attend a PSA meeting so we can update you about events, answer questions and determine a way forward. This meeting will be in paid time.

The PSA is committed to ensuring members at Country Arts are employed in the correct manner and confirming your entitlement to Redeployment, Retraining and Redundancy contained in Appendix 1 of your Enterprise Agreement.