"Improving Access to Education" - Implications for TAFE SA - Tea Tree Gully Campus

07 September 2016

The Public Service Association (PSA) is aware of the communication from TAFE SA's Chief Executive (CE) that was released to all TAFE SA staff on 5 September 2016. The communication detailed outcomes of TAFE SA's “Improving Access to Education” consultation and the intended changes to delivery of services currently undertaken at the Tea Tree Gully (TTG) Campus. The TAFECOM also advised of the relocation of other programs and permanent staff to other campuses by the end of Semester 1, 2017, and the development of the Datacom IT hub on the Tea Tree Gully site in the vacated spaces.

PSA members have contacted the PSA today, advising of their concern regarding the wording of the TAFECOM. They advise that while they are aware of the relocation of Creative Arts and that the remaining programs would also relocate at some stage, members are concerned that in his "public" TAFECOM communication the CE has specifically pointed out that affected students will be contacted and supported - but nothing about thanking the staff on-site for their patience during a difficult time, nor about the support that will be given to them for their relocation.

The PSA has raised these concerns with TAFE SA via the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Simon Porter. In addition, the PSA has sought:

  • confirmation that no staff reductions will occur as a result of these changes; and
  • information on how TAFE SA intends to consult with the PSA and members as required by the Enterprise Agreement.

Once this information is available the PSA will meet with members at TTG Campus to discuss further.