PSA Worksite Visits to all Community Corrections Centres

11 October 2018

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. PSA Regional Coordinator will continue visiting the regional sites. His next planned visits are Whyalla and Port Augusta on 16 and 18 October 2018 respectively.

Members and non members are encouraged to attend the PSA meetings. These meetings will generally be scheduled at lunch time to facilitate attendance by members in their own unpaid time.

The PSA is aware of some serious member concerns and is ready to assist members in a collective manner to address the problems. Consistently, the PSA is hearing of concerns relating to:

  • unsustainable and increasing workloads (both for Administrative Staff and Case Managers)
  • insecure employment due to rolling contracts
  • lack of backfill
  • lack of training
  • lack of directives for administrative staff transitioning to new Home Detention Integration processes

The PSA will support members to raise these matters locally in the first instance. If this does not yield tangible outcomes, the PSA has mechanisms to escalate concerns to the South Australian Employment Tribunal.

The PSA draws members’ attention to clause 15 of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 which provides protection from unreasonable workloads and places a significant obligation on the employer to address issues.

The next Consultative Forum for Community Corrections is on 16 October 2018.

The PSA will liaise with the Worksite Representatives in attendance at this forum to confirm the best dates for future visits to enable maximum attendance.

The PSA further requests members who work at sites that currently do not have a Worksite Representative to consider nominating for the role. A nomination form is attached and available here.

The PSA looks forward to meeting and supporting members across all sites to ensure the best possible outcomes.