Drug and Alcohol Policy Dispute Update

26 February 2018

The PSA attended another hearing in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) last week about DPTI’s Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program.

The hearing provided an opportunity for the PSA to outline before the Tribunal several aspects of the policy that need either more information or significant changes.

The PSA had referred to these issues in previous correspondence to DPTI, however the SAET hearing gave the PSA the opportunity to discuss these issues in significant detail and to respond to DPTI’s answers to these needed changes.

While DPTI has not made a change to the major issues that members have raised regarding the policies, both the PSA and DPTI agreed to work on issues of medical disclosure and confidentiality; disciplinary processes; on-call provisions; and the testing of ‘other persons’ or visitors.

The PSA will seek a reasonable outcome to these issues as we continue to work for a fair and reasonable policy for our members.

The previous commitment from DPTI that staff not employed under the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012 will not face random testing until at least September 2018 remains. If members are asked to undergo a random test for Drugs or Alcohol, they should contact the PSA Members’ Rights Hotline.