Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Not Occurring Until September 2018

09 February 2018

Last month in the South Australian Employment Tribunal the PSA sought a guarantee that DPTI would not subject any DPTI staff member who is not covered by the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012 to a random test under the disputed Drug and Alcohol Policy until (at least) September 2018.

The PSA will return to the South Australian Employment Tribunal on Tuesday 20 February 2018 to continue to seek the reasonable changes that members have continued to ask for. Members have continued to assert that while having a Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program is reasonable, the current policy needs significant changes including:

 

  •  The removal of random testing
  •  The removal of zero tolerance
  •  DPTI to provide relevant Drug and Alcohol support and further detail about a consistent disciplinary process that will be applied
  •  Removal of the increased medical disclosure requirements

 

Staff currently working for the Rail Commissioner or covered by the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) Act 2012 will continue to be tested as required by the legislation.

Any member who is not employed under the Rail Safety Legislation and is asked to undergo a random test before September 2018, should contact the PSA Members’ Rights Hotline on 8205 3227 immediately.