News Archives November 2018

Enterprise Bargaining 2018 – Assistants to the Members of The South Australian Parliament

Negotiations for the next Enterprise Agreement will commence on Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 9:30am. more>

DPTI | Drug and Alcohol Policy: Confusion Continues as Department Continues to Drag its Feet

The Public Service Association (PSA) and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) were in the tribunal again on 24 October 2018 about the disputed Drug and Alcohol policy and program. more>

Big Step Forward for SARDI Members – Staff to be Made Ongoing

The PSA has received a formal letter from PIRSA Chief Executive with the following commitments: more>

PSA Intervention on Behalf of Members Receiving Separation Packages

PSA members who received offers of separation packages on or after 19 October 2018 advised the PSA the offers did not include a $15,000 early incentive as has been negotiated by the PSA as a condition of all TVSPs. more>

Business Services 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 its business services model. The review will include Business Services, Executive Support and Maintenance across the Youth Justice (YJ) Division. more>

Community Corrections | Monitoring Centre Officers | Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been supporting Monitoring Centre Officer (MCO) members over the last few months with many work practice changes that have been occurring. The PSA has called the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) to account for a distinct lack of genuine consultative processes regarding these changes. more>

Community Corrections | Consultative Committee Meeting Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) attended the latest Consultative Committee meeting on 16 October 2018. The PSA encourages members to read the endorsed minutes that are provided by the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) to all Community Corrections and Intensive Compliance Unit employees via your work email for further information. more>

SA Pharmacy | Allied Health Assistant (AHA) Implementation Released

SA Pharmacy will now commence a transition process to the new Allied Health Assistant Classification Stream for all staff in scope. more>

TAFE SA - Notification of Dispute - Lack of Consultation Regarding Campus Closures | Parafield and Tea Tree Gully

The Public Service Association (PSA) has notified the Interim Chief Executive (CE) of TAFE SA, of a formal dispute in relation to lack of consultation around the closures of Parafield and Tea Tree Gully campuses. more>

Industrial Relations Forum Update AYTC - October 2018

PSA Organiser and PSA Worksite Representatives (WSRs) attended the latest Industrial Relations Forum (IRF) on 19 October 2018. more>

Performance Support Services Directorate Restructure

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received correspondence from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) notifying of a restructure of the Performance Support Services (PSS) directorate, which includes abolishing 4 positions. more>

PSA Lodges a Dispute in the South Australian Employment Tribunal About Financial Counsellors

The PSA continues to campaign to prevent the axing of Financial Counsellors in the Department for Child Protection (DCP).PSA members across the state have voted overwhelmingly to support the continuation of the Financial Wellbeing program, stating that Financial Counsellors are essential to Child Protection. more>

Realignment of ODPP Teams in the Solicitors’ Section

The Director of Public Prosecutions has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about proposed changes to general solicitor teams. The proposal is to reduce the current five teams to four. more>

Prison Privatisation | Legal Case Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) lodged an application in the South Australian Employment Court on 23 October 2018 about the privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC). This followed the unanimous passing of a motion of support by ARC members. The application is based on senior legal and PSA senior industrial advice. more>

Happy World Radiography Day – Keep Sami Public

8 November is World Radiography Day. It marks the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays in 1895. more>

SARDI Contract Update

PSA members have raised concerns that once again it appears that the department is dragging its feet in the legitimate claim of staff to have their contracts converted to ongoing employment. more>

Functional Review Of Youth Justice (2)

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

Trial of Staffing Arrangements For Reception and Control Room at Jonal Drive Campus

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been supporting members at Adelaide Youth Training in relation to securing appropriate staffing for the reception and control room at Jonal Drive campus. more>

Prison Privatisation - PSA attends compulsory conference

The Public Service Association (PSA) today attended the compulsory conference facilitated by a South Australian Employment Tribunal Commissioner about the privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC). The compulsory conference is a step that must be taken before the matter can proceed to the South Australian Employment Court. more>

DPTI Restructure: Work Health And Safety Section

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has advised the Public Service Association (PSA) of a restructure in the Work Health and Safety Section. Members can access the current structure and the proposed structure here. more>

SA Health – Draft Policy Directive for Consultation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received the draft Hospital Discharge and Criteria Led Discharge (CLD) Policy Directive from SA Health, which is now out for consultation. more>

DPTI - Work Health and Safety (WHS) Draft Policies Open for Consultation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received the following documents for consultation:WHS Risk Management Procedure, WHS Roles and Responsibilities procedure, Workplace Inspections Procedure and Workstation Ergonomics Guideline. more>

Enterprise Agreement Bargaining – Parliament House

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received a letter of offer for the three successor Enterprise Agreements (EAs) from the Clerk of the Legislative Council and the Clerk of the House of Assembly. more>

Tafe SA Campus Closure Consultation Dispute Update

The PSA and your Worksite Representatives (WSRs) met with the Interim Chief Executive (CE) and other TAFE SA industrial relations and human resource representatives on 8 November 2018 to discuss members’ concerns. more>

Response to Port Adelaide Relocation Letter and Proposals for Change to Strategic Procurement and Policy, Governance and Standards

PSA members drafted a letter to management seeking information and proposing options to mitigate some of the impacts on you of the proposed move to Port Adelaide. more>

Student Support Services Data Sets

The Department for Education (DE) has provided the PSA with the attached data sets which were requested in relation to the resource allocation through the Student Support Review Feedback process. more>

Permanent Job Offers Have Started at SARDI

PIRSA has commenced offering members ongoing positions. This is a result of the continued pressure by the PSA and PSA members at SARDI to change the department’s high level of contract employment which breaches the Public Sector Act. more>

Tafe SA Campus Closure Consultation Dispute Update

The Director Human Resources and Organisational Development (HR & OD) has now responded to the PSA raised matters for clarification with TAFE SA that had not been included in their summary letter, but had been discussed at the meeting on 8 November 2018, regarding the campus closures consultation dispute. more>

SARDI Contracts Update - PSA Meets With Management

This morning there was a meeting at PIRSA between the PSA, PIRSA HR and the Executive Director of SARDI. This was a positive meeting about the contracts issue and we believe there is real progress being made for contract staff. more>

Stop the Cuts to Financial Counselling: Dispute Update

The PSA continues to campaign against the axing of Financial Counsellors in the Department for Child Protection (DCP).On Monday 19 November 2018 the PSA attended the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) resulting from the lodging of a dispute with DCP about consultation on the proposed outsourcing of the Financial Wellbeing Program in DCP. more>

Prison Privatisation – PSA Attends The South Australian Employment Court

The Public Service Association (PSA) yesterday attended the South Australian Employment Court in a first directions hearing about the privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC). This appearance follows a previous compulsory conference facilitated by a South Australian Employment Tribunal Commissioner. more>

Flexitime Access in The Housing Authority

In recent weeks members from the South Australian Housing Authority have been asking about their rights in regards to flexitime. Below is an excerpt from the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 which covers arrangements regarding flexitime. more>

Members Urged to Take Action on Thursday 29 November 2018 and Attend the Rally

The PSA represents SSO members at the bargaining table as a signatory to your Enterprise Agreement. Some months ago the PSA put our claims to the Government after consultation with our members about what you wanted in your agreement. more>

Policy and Governance, Intergovernment Relations and Ageing Restructures

The Public Service Association (PSA) recently attended a staff forum for Policy and Governance where staff were informed of the commencement of consultation on the Intergovernment Relations and Ageing Restructures. more>

Private Consultants Kordamentha Release Report

Members would be aware that yesterday the Government released a report into the finances and organisation of CALHN with a plan to deliver changes in clinical, organisational and financial performance over the next three years. more>

TAFE SA Campus Closures - Consultation Regarding Proposals for Parafield and Tea Tree Gully Relocations

The Public Service Association (PSA) was invited to the all of TAFE SA staff Skype meeting, facilitated by Interim Chief Executive (CE) Alex Reid, on Friday 23 November 2018. more>

Work Health and Safety Draft Policies Open for Consultation - DPTI

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

Vote on 2UP Campaign in Parliament

The PSA has been campaigning for 2UP On Shift and the abandonment of Single Handed Shifts in Child Protection across Residential Care. more>

Department for Industry and Skills

On 20 June 2018, Chief Executive Mark Duffy wrote to the Public Service Association (PSA) to advise that as a result of the Machinery of Government (MOG) the newly formed Department for Industry and Skills (DIS) will undergo a strategy, functions and structure realignment. more>

CAA - Implementation of ECMS in Probate Registry

The Principal Registrar of Higher Courts has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the impending roll out of ECMS in Probate. more>

Department for Education Budget Cuts Update

To ensure members’ issues are addressed the PSA has been meeting with the Project Team in the Department for Education around the 2018 State Budget proposed cuts. more>

Contract Update - SARDI

The PSA has received a commitment from the Department that... more>