DPTI Drug And Alcohol Dispute Update

04 January 2018

As a result of the hearing in the South Australian Employment Tribunal about DPTI’s draconian Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program the PSA has successfully gained a guarantee from DPTI that the implementation of random testing will be significantly delayed until (at least) September 2018.

This is a significant achievement for members concerned that DPTI would be randomly testing staff when they returned to work in 2018.

The PSA will return to the South Australian Employment Tribunal in early February 2018 to continue to seek the reasonable changes that members have continued to ask for. Members have continued to assert that while having a Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program is reasonable, the current policy needs significant changes including:

  • The removal of random testing
  • The removal of zero tolerance
  • DPTI to provide relevant Drug and Alcohol support and further detail about a consistent disciplinary process that will be applied
  • Removal of the increased medical disclosure requirements


Despite several requests from the PSA, DPTI is yet to provide evidence that certain elements of this policy are necessary. The PSA has also on several occasions referred to other policies from the public and private sector which are considered reasonable and asked why DPTI has proposed a harsher, draconian policy. DPTI continues to fail to demonstrate any genuine attempts to consider other policies or alter their policy based on the points above.

Staff currently working for the Rail Commissioner or are covered by the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012 will continue to be tested as required by the legislation.

Members (not employed under the Rail Safety Legislation) asked to undergo a random test before training has completed are encouraged to contact the PSA Members’ Rights Hotline on 8205 3227.