News Archives April 2019

SA Health | NALHN Mental Health (NALHN MH) Forensic Mental Health – Proposed Roster Changes, Ashton House | Member Feedback Sought

NALHN MH has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback in regard to proposed roster changes at Ashton House. For salaried staff, this will affect Community Rehabilitation Workers (CRWs). more>

Country Health SA | Detailed Design Proposal Released | We Need Your Feedback

Country Health SA has now commenced a formal consultation process about how Country Health will be structured with the introduction of six Local Health Networks. As members would know, this has implications for staff in the central functions of Country Health but also for staff working at the local level. more>

Government Attacks SA Housing Members’ Employment Conditions and Rights to Ongoing Employment

Ever since the Government moved Housing SA from the Department of Human Services and established the SA Housing Authority, the PSA has been campaigning to ensure members’ access to the same entitlements as other public servants. This was because staff were asked to sign common law contracts which took them out of the Public Sector Act and the Enterprise Agreement. more>

Big Win For Members – No 12 Hour Rosters in Residential Care

PSA members in Residential Care demonstrated their strength in numbers by banding together to tell the Department for Child Protection (DCP) we will not accept unsafe changes to working conditions. more>

Youth Justice - Psychometric Testing Update

The PSA has recently received a response to our formal correspondence to the Department for Human Services (DHS) in relation to the roll out of psychometric testing for staff across Youth Justice. more>

Reprieve on SA Pathology Privatisation Plans – For Now

The PwC Report released today recommended that SA Pathology not be privatised for 12-18 months.The PSA told PwC last year that this was an inappropriate time to make any assessment as SA Pathology was experiencing systemic inefficiencies. PwC has now recommended that a period of 12-18 months be allowed to give SA Pathology the opportunity to achieve the savings prescribed in the 2018/2019 State Budget. Many changes imposed on the organisation with new software and capital investment had created these inefficiencies. more>

Private Prisons in Queensland Returning to Public Control

Tuesday 26 March 2019 the Queensland Government announced they are taking back control of their two privately run prisons from GEO Group and Serco. more>

SA Health | SALHN Mental Health (SALHN MH) - Southern Older Persons Mental Health Service Community Team (SOPMHS CT) Relocation | Member Feedback Sought

SALHN MH has written to the Public Service Association (PSA), inviting the PSA to provide feedback in regard to the relocation of the SOPMHSCT to Repatriation General Hospital. more>

DPTI Work Health and Safety Draft Documents Open for Consultation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received the following documents for consultation:Working at Height Procedure, Fatigue Management Procedure and Excavation and Trenching Procedure. more>


The PSA's campaign to stop massive government budget cuts to the public service is continuing in earnest.PSA Organisers are meeting constantly with members across the Public Service to organise and take action to protect essential public services targeted by the current government for cuts and privatisations. more>

What’s Happening in Health | PSA Health Member Update | April 2019

This is the first of a series of regular PSA updates for all members working in Health.With so many changes and issues at the moment, it is important for all Health members to be are aware of what is happening so we can work collectively and support each other. Below is a snapshot of major issues the PSA is currently assisting members with. more>

SA Health - Report Into Mental Health Governance in South Australia And The State Government’s Interim Response | Member Feedback Sought

The Health Minister has released the report into Mental Health (MH) Governance in South Australia (SA) and the SA Government interim response to that report. more>

PSA Meets With The Premier

PSA General Secretary, PSA President, PSA Assistant General Secretary and PSA Manager, Policy and Strategy met with the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia late yesterday for a broad discussion about issues relevant to the PSA membership. more>

Department for Health and Wellbeing | Next Part of the New Structure Announced | Member Meetings and a Call for PSA Members’ Contributions

PSA Assistant General Secretary and Senior Industrial Officer attended a briefing with Deputy Chief Executive Don Frater on the morning of Wednesday 3 April 2019, prior to the announcement of Phase 2 of the Future State Design of the Department for Health and Wellbeing. more>

Statewide Borderline Personality Disorder Centre of Excellence Model of Care (MoC) | PSA Members’ Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the feedback provided to the PSA regarding the Statewide Borderline Personality Disorder Centre of Excellence draft MoC. more>

SALHN Mental Health (MH) | Version 2, SALHN MH Community Mental Health (CMH) Reform Service Plan and Proposed Workforce Proposals | PSA Members’ Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the comprehensive feedback provided to the PSA at member meetings and via phone and email regarding the Version 2 of the SALHN MH CMH Reform Service Plan and proposed workforce proposals. more>

Judge Dismisses Government Application to Adjourn Adelaide Remand Centre Court Case

In another positive development for members, the Deputy President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal today dismissed the Government’s application to delay the beginning of the trial in relation to consultation about the implementation of the state government’s decision to privatise the Adelaide Remand Centre. more>

SALHN MH Adult Community Mental Health (CMH) Reform | Proposed Job and Person Specifications (J&Ps) | PSA Member Feedback Sought

Following feedback from PSA members to SALHN MH, the employer has now released the draft J&PSs related to the proposed SALHN MH CMH Reform Version 2 Service Plan and proposed workforce proposals. more>

Proposed CALHN Restructure | How Will It Affect PSA Members?

PSA members would be aware that a proposed restructure of the CALHN operating model was announced last week. This model will result in the current four directorates being replaced by eight clinical programs with a new leadership structure to lead each program. more>

DE Job Cuts: Final Restructure Packs Released and Draft Job and Person Specifications Open for Consultation

The Department for Education (DE) has released final structure documents and associated draft Job and Person Specifications. more>

PSA Opposes DPTI Proposal to Privatise Road Maintenance

PSA members in Field Services have been advised by management of a proposal to privatise the Road Maintenance function in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. The proposal would result in a large number of jobs being cut through the function being split up into four contracts and filled by private companies for about 13 years. more>

Update on Service SA Closure Campaign

The lack of information from the Department that has overshadowed the outrageous budget announcement to close three Service SA centres, Mitcham, Modbury and Prospect continues. more>

Tafe SA – Information About Updating Of Role Descriptors (RDs) in Preparation for Implementation of Reviews/Restructures

Clause of Appendix 1 in the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (‘the Agreement’) states that SA Public Sector Agencies will: “...Ensure that in any functional area under consideration for review/realignment/restructure/reorganisation (however described) all statements of duties being undertaken are up to date and approved.” more>

CBS | Gambling Reforms And Operations | Proposed Structure

The Director, Business Services has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about proposed changes to the structure of the Circuit Team’s ASO3 and ASO4 Law Clerks, specifically the loss of an ASO4 role and creation of an ASO3 role. more>

DCS - Northfield Transition Meeting Update

The latest Northfield Transition Meeting was held on Friday 18 April 2019. PSA President and Worksite Representatives from the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC), Yatala Labour Prison (YLP) and the Adelaide Women’s Prison (AWP) were in attendance along with a PSA organiser. more>

Benchmarking And Workforce Flexibility | Genuine Consultation Required

Bulletins have recently been circulated by the Better Prisons Program Team about benchmarking and workforce flexibility stating that consultation has now commenced on these two proposed reforms and initiatives. more>

Underpayment Claim | Signed Undertakings Required

Members are aware there has now been agreement that three test cases will be listed for hearing at the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET). The test cases have been chosen by the PSA as being representative of the matters that need to be determined for all members. The dates for these hearings are 19, 20 and 21 August 2019. more>

Treasurer And Opposition Leader To Attend Psa Worksite Reps Forum | May Day March – Saturday 4 May - Come Along!

The PSA is pleased to inform members that both the Treasurer The Hon. Rob Lucas and the Leader of the Opposition, Peter Malinauskas MP have both agreed to attend the PSA Worksite Reps Forum on 9 May 2019. more>

Housing Contract Conversion to Ongoing | Success Continues!

After more than six months of campaigning and industrial work the PSA has achieved a major step forward in the fight to convert staff from long term contract employment to ongoing status. more>

What’s Going on in Disability? | PSA Update

Disability in Government is in significant transition at the moment because a large number of staff are considering TVSP offers and some functions will not be operating in government past 30 June due to the final implementation of the NDIS. At the same time the future structure of a number of areas is still unclear making it difficult for members to decide whether to stay in Government or take a package. more>

Court Finds DCS Breached the Enterprise Agreement by Failing to Consult About Privatisation of the ARC

The Deputy President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal today handed down his decision on the PSA’s case in relation to consultation about the implementation of the State Government’s decision to privatise the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC). more>