News Archives August 2018

Urgent - Calling for Nominations to be part of the EPAS Review Reference Group

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been asked to nominate two PSA members who use the Enterprise Administration System (EPAS) to be part of the EPAS Review Reference Group. more>

SALHN Mental Health (MH) – Older Persons Mental Health Services Community Team (opmhsct) Workload Issues – Response from SALHN MH Management

Following contact from members, the Public Service Association (PSA) has raised Southern OPMHSCT workload issues with SALHN MH management. more>

New Housing Authority Contracts

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been provided further information from the Department of Human Services (DHS) (acting on behalf of the South Australian Housing Authority) following our Information Update yesterday (2 August 2018) and can provide members further critical information regarding employment contracts in the new Authority. more>

Update - NALHN – Modbury Hospital Asbestos Concerns

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received a response from the NALHN Manager of Workforce Health and Safety (WHS) further to the PSA Information Update sent to members on 3 August 2018 regarding safety concerns and asbestos on an area of Level 6 that is used for storage of files for Medical Records and also in Medical Records itself. more>

TAFE SA – Student Experience Services – University Open Days

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been contacted by members, querying their entitlements in relation to a TAFE SA email request for staff to assist in working with Marketing and Lecturing staff to promote TAFE SA at University Open Days, on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in mid-August. more>

Child Protection - Proposed Structure for the Elizabeth Office

The Public Service Association (PSA) received a letter from Sue Barr, Director Northern Region, Department for Child Protection (DCP) on Friday 3 August 2018 formally advising of proposed changes to the structure at the Elizabeth Office. more>

NALHN – Proposed Outpatient Ophthalmology Model of Care (MoC) – Response from NALHN

Following the last Public Service Association (PSA) Information Update on 18 June 2018 seeking members' feedback regarding the proposed NALHN Outpatient Ophthalmology MoC, the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) has now forwarded their response to the PSA and members’ feedback. more>

ASO1 Audit Update – Win for SAPOL Members

During the recent Enterprise Bargaining negotiations the Public Service Association (PSA) successfully negotiated the ASO1 Audit as a mechanism to address the large number of ASO1 staff across the Public Sector who are under classified. more>

REMINDER - South Australian Superannuation Board And Superannuation Funds Management Corporation of SA Elections 2018

This year, two Board member positions on Super SA and one Board member position on Funds SA are up for election. Voting papers have been posted out from Monday 30 July 2018. The ballot is being conducted by the Electoral Commission of South Australia. more>

SARDI Contract Survey Results And Action on Contract Employment Update

Thank you to the large number of staff at SARDI who completed the survey about rolling term contracts. The results give us a strong argument for change to the current policy of rolling short term contracts. more>

Keep Stability for Disability – Supported Community Accommodation Update

The PSA has commenced a campaign to Keep Stability for Disability to put pressure on the State Government to go back to the original plan for Supported Community Accommodation to be managed by a public corporation and not be privatised to the NGO sector. more>

National SSO Week August 13 - 17 2018

13 - 17 August 2018 is National School Services Officers (SSOs) week. It is the week we recognise the important role that SSOs play in educating Australia’s children and young people. more>

DPTI Consultative Forum: Cuts to Employee Representation

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is proposing to cut the number of employee representatives on the DPTI Consultative Forum by more than half. more>

Social Work Review – DE Response to PSA Member Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received responses from the Department for Education (DE) to PSA member feedback on the Social Work Review. more>

Drug and Alcohol Policy – SAET Conference Postponed

The Public Service Association (PSA) was due to be heard on Thursday 9 August 2018 in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) regarding the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program. On the morning of the hearing the PSA received a request to postpone the hearing due to DPTI representatives being unable to attend the hearing. more>

Wiltja Boarding – Review Of Rostering Arrangements

The Department for Education (DE) has formally advised the PSA of their intention to undertake a review of the rostering arrangements in Wiltja Boarding. more>

NALHN - Proposed Restructure – Oncology Clinical Trials Unit - Member Feedback Sought

NALHN has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the above proposed restructure. The restructure is proposed to be trialled for 12 months with a review prior to completion to ascertain if the proposed structure meets the needs of the Clinical Trials Unit. more>

Women’s And Children’s Health Network (WCHN) – Proposed Restructure – Corporate Communications - Member Feedback Sought

The WCHN has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the above proposed restructure. more>

Tafe SA - Proposed Governance Realignment – Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Creches - Member Feedback Sought

TAFE SA has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the proposed governance realignment of AMEP Creches from the Foundation Skills Business Unit Director to the Facilities, ICT and Procurement Business Unit Executive Director. more>

Disability Services Update - News and Actions

There has been a number of developments in the area of Disability in Government over the past few weeks. PSA Lead Organiser has met with members at a number of sites and attended staff briefings about latest developments in disability. more>

DPTI - Driving Procedure and Cultural Safety Procedure Consultation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received copies of the draft Driving Procedure and the draft Cultural Safety Procedure for consultation. more>

Pre-budget Submission - You are Essential

The work PSA members and the greater Public Service do every day to provide services to the public, address inequality, manage the state, and plan for the future is essential for the people of South Australia. more>

SA Health - Allied Health Assistants Stream Review | AHA – Mental Health OPS Positions Deemed Out of Scope

The PSA has received further correspondence from the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in relation to the transition arrangements for the Allied Health Assistant Stream, as per the requirements of Appendix 10 of the SAMPSEAS 2017 more>

We Hope You Had a Great SSO Week

The PSA hopes all SSOs at your school were recognised appropriately last week during SSO week for the amazing work you do every day for the education of Children and Young People in South Australia. more>

National Child Protection Week is Coming

National Child Protection Award – Does Your PSA Worksite Representative Deserve Recognition? National Child Protection Week 2018 is coming up in the first week of September (2-8 September). more>

Members on Contracts in The SA Housing Authority

The PSA’s investigation into the employing practices of the SA Housing Authority with regard to the level of ongoing vs. contract employees is continuing. more>

PSA Feedback - Cuts oo Employee Representation on DPTI Consultative Forum

Thank you to the many members who responded to our call for feedback on the Department’s proposal to drastically cut the employee representation to the DPTI Consultative Forum. A large amount of feedback was received with the overwhelming response stating their rejection of the proposal. more>

Child Protection - Travel Time Not Covered by the Return to Work Act Provisions

The Public Service Association (PSA) met with Department for Child Protection (DCP) Work Health Safety Injury Management (WHSIM) recently. more>

Shared Services ASO1 Update

The PSA has been exchanging formal correspondence with Shared Services outlining members’ concerns with the progress of the ASO1 Audit. more>

SA Health - Allied Health Assistants Stream Review | AHA – SADS Claim all Dental Assistants Out of Scope

The PSA has received further correspondence from the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (CPSE) in relation to the transition arrangements for the Allied Health Assistant Stream in response to the PSA’s letter dated 19 July 2018 where further examples in relation to Dental Assistants (DA’s) were given. more>

Department for Education - Education Support Hub Relocation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received correspondence from the Department for Education (DE) regarding the relocation of staff to the Education Support Hub in Hindmarsh. more>

Psychological Services – Proposed Functional Realignment

The Public Service Association (PSA) has recently received formal correspondence from the Department for Human Services (DHS) advising of a proposed functional realignment of the organisational structure of the Psychological Services Unit within Youth Justice. more>

NALHN Mental Health (MH) | Final Response From Employer | Proposed Senior Management Restructure | PSA Feedback Accepted

Following the last Public Service Association (PSA) Information Update on 24 July 2018, NALHN has provided their final response to the additional feedback provided by the PSA in relation to the amended proposed Senior Management Restructure. more>

Student Support Services – Process Review Consultation

The Department for Education (DE) has provided the PSA with the following documents for consultation regarding the Student Support Services review. more>

Industrial Relations Forum Update Aytc – August 2018

PSA Organiser and PSA Worksite Representatives met with management to raise matters of concern for members at the recent Industrial Relations Forum (IRF) on 21 August 2018 more>

DPTI Drug and Alcohol Dispute Update: SAET Hearing Outcomes

The Public Service Association (PSA) attended the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) on Thursday 23 August 2018 about the ongoing Drug and Alcohol dispute. During this hearing the PSA once again put forward the concerns from members regarding the policy and program. more>

National Child Protection Week: 2-8 September 2018

September 2-8 2018 is National Child Protection Week. It is the week where we all re-commit to keeping children safe in our community. more>

Work Health And Safety Draft Policies Open For Consultation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received the following documents for consultation.. more>

Child Protection - Finalised Restructure of Elizabeth Office

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received a letter and final structure document from the Department for Child Protection (DCP) Chief Executive Cathy Taylor. more>

SALHN Mental Health – Proposals From Management to Address Safe Workload Issues

SALHN MH Public Service Association (PSA) members would be aware from recent Information Updates regarding Inner South Community Mental Health (ISCMH) that the PSA provided formal notification of a workload dispute to the SALHN Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 19 June 2018 under the terms of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017. more>

NALHN - Proposed Restructure – Workforce Health and Safety (WHS) Unit - Member Feedback Sought

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the feedback provided to the PSA regarding the above proposed restructure. more>

AGA Restructure

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been informed of the proposed restructure of the Across Government Accommodation section within the Property Directorate in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). more>

Women’s and Children’s Health Network (wchn) – Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) Proposed Workforce Organisational Structure - Consultation Summary Report

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the feedback provided to the PSA regarding the above proposed restructure. WCHN has provided a Consultation Summary Report in response to the various feedback received, including the PSA’s. more>

TAFE SA - Proposed Governance Realignment – Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Creches - PSA Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the feedback provided to the PSA regarding the above proposed Realignment. more>

CALHN People and Culture Structural Reconfiguration Proposal

CALHN has announced that the People and Culture Directorate is proposing to undertake a structural change that primarily impacts the current Human Resources functions. more>

SAPOL – Front Counter Operations

The Public Service Association (PSA) has formally written to the Commissioner of Police Mr Grant Stevens following an address to the press on Sunday 26 August 2018 where he advised that front counter operations would be returning to unsworn client services officers. more>

Proposed Changes to Department for Education System Performance Division

The PSA has been notified of the Department for Education’s (DE) intention to make reporting line and accommodation changes to the staff of the Department for Education’s System Performance Division. more>

Department for Health and Wellbeing – PSCM Supply Chain Review – Phase 2 Restructure

The Public Service Association (PSA) received formal correspondence on 30 August 2018 from the Executive Director Procurement and Supply Chain Management. The letter reiterated that as a result of a review by KMPG, Procurement and Supply Chain management intended to develop a proposal to support the transition to a Direct to Imprest (DTI) Model for Supply Chain Operations. more>