Courts Administration Authority | COVID-19 Update

06 April 2020

The Public Service Association (PSA) is in regular communication with Courts Administration Authority ensuring members’ issues are being dealt with and CAA is complying with directions of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment and government advice about COVID-19.

There have been many queries coming from workplaces over the past week or so. There are multiple sources of information (many listed below) to follow and you are encouraged to keep yourself informed. If your questions or concerns are not answered there, raise them through your PSA Worksite Representative, Health and Safety Representative, PSA Organiser or through the PSA Members’ Rights Hotline on 8205 3227.

Some questions that have arisen in the last week:

  • Advice that the Premier’s Direction does not apply to CAA.
    CAA cannot be directed by the Premier in the same way other government departments can due to legislation. However, the directions of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment still apply to your employer – you have access to paid special leave as per the Commissioner’s Determination (here).

  • I am on contract – am I secure?
    If you are a member you should be seeking advice from PSA Organiser, Keiran Macfarlane about the terms of your contract and your rights.

  • With the closure of public schools from next week, how will I care for my children?
    If you are able to work from home you should already be doing that or preparations should at least be being made. You do not need leave if you are working from home. PSA is still pursuing access to paid special leave for those with caring responsibilities. If your child is sick you may use accrued Carer’s Leave.

  • I am in contact with the public – what should I do
    Observe social distancing advice and wash your hands regularly.
  • I am in a vulnerable group – what should I do
    You are encouraged to discuss your vulnerabilities with your employer to see what alternatives there are for you to continue to work. Some specific groups have had strong recommendations from the government to stay at home. Contact the PSA for advice if you are unsure where you stand.

It is a very difficult time for everyone and now, more than ever, working together and looking after your workmates is the best place to start. Be kind to each other and check on how people are travelling while taking the time to look after your own wellbeing.

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