Payment of Recreation (Annual) Leave for Community Youth Justice Staff

28 February 2018

The PSA has recently been advised by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI)of its intent to transition away from the ‘Average Leave Model’ and adopt the ‘Shared Sector Model’ for the management of annual leave. This transition is due to occur on 9 April 2018.

The Shared Sector Model is the model that is used across most other government agencies. The PSA has been pursuing, with the Office for the Public Sector (OPS) and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC), that the same model be applied to all government agencies for many years and had placed the matter in dispute. The dispute essentially affected employees whose hours of work fluctuated over a year.

The PSA is adamant that members should not be disadvantaged by either being:

(a) Paid out a portion of their leave; or

(b) Paid leave at a lesser rate of pay than their current contracted hours.

The PSA advised the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment that the matter would be referred to the Equal Employment Commission because those most adversely affected were mothers returning from part-time maternity leave to full time work who were then required to take some of their four weeks of annual leave with a loss of pay.

The PSA rightly contended that the Average Leave Model was not compliant with the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA) and was not equitable in terms of applying a consistent policy for all Salaried employees across the public sector.

The PSA is very pleased that, after much effort, the transition is now occurring on Monday 9 April 2018. This change will not impact any members’ annual leave entitlements or leave payments. At the effective date of the change a one-off adjustment will be made to your Recreation Leave days’ balance. This adjustment will ensure that the days’ balance matches the hours’ balance on the employees’ contracted hours at this date. Shared Services SA is providing a dedicated service desk to assist employees with any queries during the transition period between February and April 2018.

Any member who has any queries is encouraged to contact Shared Services in the first instance. If still not satisfied with the explanation, members are entitled to request an audit of their leave to ensure transparency and accuracy.

Any member who wishes to provide feedback is encouraged to contact PSA.