News Archives November 2019

Dispute | Country Arts SA | Contracts of Employment

The Public Service Association (PSA) recently held a meeting with members to discuss legal advice the PSA has received about the Country Arts South Australia (CASA) contracts of employment. more>

Feedback Extended | Call Centre Staff Caring for Children and Draft After Hours Transporting of Children Guidelines

Public Service Association (PSA) members working in the Call Centre continue to care for children after hours despite the Department for Child Protection (DCP) stating in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) they were looking for other options to prevent this occurring. more>

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Update

The Public Service Association continues to oppose all proposed job cuts and privatisations in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure as well as ensuring members are genuinely consulted about the impact on proposed changes, not just on jobs and working conditions, but also on the services you provide. more>

Urgent Update | Tafe SA | Updated Document Received | “Student Experience Transformation” Restructure Workload Assessment Information | Member Feedback Sought

TAFE SA has now provided an updated Workload Assessment Summary as requested by the PSA as a result of the conciliation conference held in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) on 23 October 2019. The updated Workload Assessment Summary contains information regarding each Business Unit, which consolidates the previous information provided in July 2019 regarding the Targeted Voluntary Separation Package exits at that time, and current information regarding the new structure. TAFE SA has also extended the consultation period as a result. more>

Government Considering Forced Redundancies

“Forced redundancies are “...something the Government will need to consider” according to Treasurer Rob Lucas in an InDaily report yesterday. more>

PSA Disputes Roster Changes, Allowances, Overtime for Members In Patient Services at Port Pirie Regional Health Services

Yesterday the PSA wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of Yorke and Northern Local Health Network (Y&NLHN) notifying of a dispute. The dispute is about conditions of employment for PSA members working as administrative staff in the Patient Services area at Port Pirie Regional Health Service. more>

SSO Update | Classification Survey, Year 7 Pilot, Questions for Rick Persse, and More

PSA SSO Organiser has been visiting worksites, gathering information, and meeting with members and the department about a range of activities and issues currently facing school staff. more>

Department For Trade Tourism And Investment Update (2)

Through the DTTI restructure process, PSA Organiser and your WSR’s have been meeting fortnightly with HR and management in order to provide staff feedback. more>

PSA’s Birthday This Wednesday | Celebrate Our Achievements and Prepare for Future

Wednesday this week - 13 November 2019 - is the PSA’s birthday.PSA members of today stand on the shoulders of 134 years of members striving for and achieving safer, fairer and better conditions of employment. more>

State Wage Case 2019 | Increases to Allowances and Trainee Wages | 3% From 1 July 2019

The following increases in the Award rates have now been made effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019. more>

TAFE SA | “Student Experience Transformation” Restructure Workload Assessment and Process Issues | PSA Members’ Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks members for the comprehensive feedback provided by over 110 members to the PSA at metropolitan campus visits, the PSA’s country video/teleconference and by phone and email regarding the above. more>

SALHN Bare Below the Elbows Policy | Member Concerns Raised

The PSA has received a number of member concerns about SALHN’s application of the Bare Below the Elbows Policy, a SALHN infection control policy. Many members have raised concerns about how the policy will impact them. more>

Tram and Trains Privatisation Update: Next Round of Consultation Meetings

The PSA and other unions continue to be opposed to and are campaigning against any privatisation of trams and trains. more>

Disability Update for PSA Members

Members working in Disability continue to be faced with change as clients and services move into the NDIS world. This is an update for PSA members. more>

WCHN Centralisation of Administrative Night Shift Staff Proposal

The PSA attended a staff meeting on Tuesday 12 November 2019 where WCHN put forward a proposal to centralise night shift administrative staff. more>


Our right to defend your rights to be represented is under attack.Right now, crossbench senators are deciding whether to vote for some of the most anti-union laws Australia has ever seen. more>

SA Health | Draft Chief Psychiatrist Standard | Eliminating the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Mental Health Services | Member Feedback Sought

SA Health has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the draft Chief Psychiatrist Standard - Eliminating The Use Of Restraint And Seclusion In Mental Health Services. more>

Country Arts Employment Contracts | Public Service Association Lodges Dispute in South Australian Employment Tribunal

On 20 November 2019 the Public Service Association (PSA) lodged a dispute with the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) about employment contracts at Country Arts SA. more>

Flexitime | PSA and Public Trustee Management Meet Over Pre 2018 Accruals

PSA Worksite Representatives and the Organiser met with Public Trustee management and AGD HR last week to discuss the decision of Public Trustee to only go back to January 2018 when determining the flexitime PSA members have accrued but not been credited for. more>

Government Issues Notice of Intention to Negotiate Enterprise Agreement

The PSA has now received a Notice of Intention to Negotiate an Enterprise Agreement from the government. The government is in the process of issuing “Notices of Intention to Negotiate an Enterprise Agreement” to all employees covered by the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (SAMPSEAS 2017). more>

Emergency Care of Children and Young People

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received a letter from Department for Child Protection (DCP) Acting Deputy Chief Executive in response to the PSA’s Dispute about Staff caring for Children out of hours. more>