Legal Services Commission Administrative Team Review

29 June 2018

As part of the new South Australian Modern Public Service Enterprise Agreement Salaried 2017 (SAMPSEAS), the PSA negotiated a review of the Administrative Stream in Legal Services Commission. The review will compare ASO roles to the Work Level Definitions (the definitions of capabilities, and responsibilities of different ASO classifications) found in Determination 5 issued by the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment. The ultimate aim is that you will be paid correctly for the complexity of the work you are doing.

The Office for the Public Sector (OPS) invited the PSA to make an opening submission to the review by 15 June 2018. Meetings were held across PSA sites to invite staff to submit input to a survey which would inform our initial submission. The submission can be found (here). Thank you to all who responded to the survey. The survey (here) will remain open until the end of July 2018 for anyone who still wants to provide input. While the submission has been sent, any further feedback will help develop our case and contribute to the negotiation.

An initial meeting was held with OPS on Thursday 28 June 2018 and issues where both sides were able to agree were established. Further meetings will deal with more complex issues and it is intended that negotiations will be finalised in January 2019. A positive outcome from the initial meeting is that a regular Workplace Consultative Forum will occur between PSA Workplace Representatives and LSC leadership to deal with local issues. Many of you submitted responses to the survey which we will be able to deal with in this forum rather than through the ASO Review.

The PSA will ensure that members are updated after each Review or Consultative Forum meeting. Your feedback is encouraged with each update, either by email or through your Workplace Representatives. It is important that all PSA members continue to engage with the process so that the outcomes are accurate and clear. Members will be asked:

  •     to consider the implications for you and provide feedback on OPS or LSC proposals
  •     to propose/endorse PSA proposals so that the PSA pursues what a majority of members seek
  •     to help with evidence to support PSA arguments
  •     to support your Workplace Representatives when they seek your assistance
  •     to encourage non-members to join so it strengthens our position