News Archives October 2018

Do You Work in a Male Dominated Industry?

The PSA is looking for expressions of interest from members who work in male dominated industries and occupations to attend this year’s South Australian Women in Male Dominated Industries Conference (WIMDOI) Conference. more>

Disability Update

The PSA continues to support members as the transition to the NDIS occurs for clients and services, including campaigning against the privatisation of Supported Community Accommodation. more>

Uni SA - Enterprise Bargaining 2018

To date there have been 13 Enterprise Bargaining meetings for your successor Enterprise Agreement. The CPSU is currently represented at these meetings by Uni SA employee and PSA/CPSU Councillor, Treasurer and member of Executive and CPSU Senior Industrial Officer. more>

Office for Correctional Services Review

The Public Service Association (PSA) has recently received correspondence from the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) in relation to the establishment of a new business unit, the Office for Correctional Services Review (OCSR). The OCSR became operational on 2 October 2018. more>

State Wage Case 2018 Increases to Allowances and Trainee Wages – 3.5% From 1 July 2018

The following increases in the Award rates have now been made effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018. The increases were awarded by the Full Bench of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) on 5 September 2018 in the State Wage Case more>

Functional Review of Youth Justice

The Public Service Association (PSA) has recently received formal correspondence from the Department for Human Services (DHS) advising of a functional review of the Youth Justice Division. more>

Errors With Leave Loading VS Penalty Payments for Staff at the Intensive Compliance Unit

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been investigating the matter of incorrect leave loading payments for members employed at the Intensive Compliance Unit (ICU) for a considerable time. Initial enquires were made to the Department for Correctional Services (DCS), Shared Services SA (SSSA) and the Office for the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (OCPSE) in June 2018. more>

SALHN Allied Health And Intermediate Care Workforce Model And Structure Version 3.1

The PSA has received correspondence from the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) regarding the SALHN Allied Health and Intermediate Care Workforce Model and Structure Version 3.1. more>

Industrial Relations Forum Update AYTC - September 2018

PSA Organiser and PSA Worksite Representative attended the latest Industrial Relations Forum (IRF) on 18 September 2018. An information update is provided here. more>


The PSA thanks our members working in mental health. more>

Breastscreen SA (BSSA) – Cessation of the Proposed Changes to BSSA Screening Support Unit

As members would be aware BreastScreen SA (BSSA) had previously begun consultation with the Public Service Association (PSA) and members on proposed changes to the BSSA Screening Support Unit. more>

Social Work Review: Correspondence Provided to the PSA

The Department for Education (DE) has sent the Public Service Association (PSA) the following documents regarding the Social Work Review. more>

Student Support Services Review: Documentation Provided by the Department

The Department for Education (DE) has provided the following documents for consultation around the Student Support Services Review. more>

Stop the Cuts to Financial Counsellors – Show Your Support

Last Week the PSA Campaign to stop the Cuts to Financial Counsellors continued. more>

Individual “Work Choices” Contracts in SA Housing Authority

The new SA Housing Authority continues to insist on employees signing individual contracts reminiscent of the worst aspects of the disgraced Work Choices era. more>

CHSALHN – PSA Member Survey Request Regarding the Creation of the Six Local Health Networks

The Public Service Association (PSA) is seeking members’ feedback by way of a survey across all of Country Health to assist in identifying your concerns in relation to the creation of the six (6) new Local Health Networks. more>

PSA Worksite Visits to all Community Corrections Centres

The Public Service Association (PSA) is in the process of scheduling visits to all Community Corrections Centres over the coming weeks. PSA Organiser Caroline Barnwell will be undertaking the metro visits. more>

Proposed Closure of DPTI ‘Re-sheeting Unit: Outback Roads’

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has announced the proposed closure of the ‘Re-sheeting Unit’ in the Outback Section of the Department at the end this year. more>

Legal and Legislative Services Proposed Structural Change

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been advised of proposed changes to the structure and reporting lines of the Legislative Services business unit of Attorney General’s Department (AGD). more>

Prison Privatisation – Too Many Unanswered Questions

Many questions remain unanswered about the decision to privatise the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC).The Public Service Association (PSA) and our members are determined to hold the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) and the DCS Executives who made the decision to account when it comes to the decision to privatise the ARC. more>

Prison Privatisation – What it really means

The devastating consequences of privatising prisons have been laid bare in last night’s ABC’s Four Corners program. Anyone who wants to know what happens when prisons are privatised should watch the Four Corners program and encourage their friends and family to see first hand what the SA Government intends for our community. Privately run prisons are characterised by excessive violence against prisoners and staff, increased prisoner self harm, excessive drug use, increased recividism, reduced accountability, increased risks to prison officers - and of course ongoing higher costs. more>

Final DPTI Consultative Forum for 2018: Call for Agenda Items

The final Consultative Forum for the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure will be held on October 25 2018. more>

NALHN MH – Proposed Temporary Mental Health Assessment Unit (MHAU) Model of Care (MoC) - Member Feedback Sought

NALHN MH has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about proposed MoC for the NALHN Temporary MHAU. more>

SALHN Mental Health (MH) – Gruner Review of Outer South Community Mental Health (OSCMH)

The Public Service Association (PSA) became aware of the Gruner Review from an article published by online news service InDaily on 16 October 2018. The article states that SALHN/SA Health arranged for a Review of Outer South Community Mental Health to be conducted by Lee Gruner from Quality Directions Australia. more>

Meeting Held At West Beach - Next Steps

A PSA meeting was held yesterday (17 October 2018) at West Beach to report on the progress of the contract issue at SARDI.PSA Lead Organiser reported that it is the PSA’s understanding the Department had received Crown Law advice. more>

Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP) / SA Mental Health (MH) Commission – SA Health Mental Health Services (MHS) Plan

The OCP has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to participate in the development of the SA MHS Plan. The plan is being undertaken by the OCP and the SA MH Commission and is to be delivered to the Government by March 2019. more>

NALHN - Forensic Mental Health Services (FMHS) – James Nash House – Revised Proposed Minimising Restrictive Practices Aldgate Ward Model of Care (MoC) and Operations Plan - Member Feedback Sought

Following the Public Service Association (PSA) Information Update in May 2018 requesting member feedback on the proposed Minimising Restrictive Practice Service Delivery Model and proposed MoC for Aldgate Ward, James Nash House, the PSA forwarded all feedback received to NALHN MH. more>

NALHN - Implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner ('ATSIHP') Career Structure

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received correspondence from NALHN advising they are now at the stage of implementing the ATSIHP career structure. more>

Liberal Minister Opposes Local Service SA Centre Closure

The closure of the Prospect Service SA Centre has been the subject of correspondence from Rachel Sanderson - Liberal Member for Adelaide and Minister for Child Protection - to her cabinet colleague Minister Stephan Knoll on 20 September 2018. more>