RDNS Announced as the Domiciliary Care Provider

30 November 2017

Today the State Government has announced the transfer of its metropolitan Domiciliary Care services, to RDNS SA, a not-for-profit organisation. This follows a comprehensive process that has included feedback from clients and staff in the selection criteria for the process.

This follows the announcement in February that Domiciliary Care Services currently run by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) would move to the non-government sector as a result of Commonwealth changes to the aged care system.

The PSA has been working tirelessly in discussions with DCSI to ensure our members’ interests are at the centre of this process and decisions about the future. The PSA also sought and achieved added protections to ensure that members will not lose the protections of government employment as you move to RDNS and continue supporting your clients.

The announcement today will mean that:

  • All employees will be made an offer of employment with RDNS.
  • You will not have to apply for your job with RDNS or go through an application process. This is to make this as simple as possible for staff
  • There will be a transfer of your employment terms and conditions. You will continue to be covered by the Enterprise Agreement(s) and Award(s) that are in place at the time of transfer.
  • Your continuity of service will be maintained. This means you’re accruing entitlements will continue to build and your service will not be broken. Long service leave and sick leave balances will continue to accrue and will not be lost.
  • If you decide after three months that working for the new employer is not for you, you will be able to apply for vacancies in the public sector as if you were still employed by the public sector, for a period of up to two years.
  • Superannuation contributions for employees in the Triple S scheme can still be made to Super SA.
  • There will be no involuntary redundancies with RDNS for at least two years.
  • Ongoing employees who move will receive a sector retention payment of $15,000.

The PSA has fought hard for these protections on your behalf. The PSA firmly believes this is a good deal for members to transfer to RDNS SA and remain with Domiciliary Care. Importantly, if you take it up, it will assist in ensuring continuity of support for clients.

In addition, RDNS SA will provide many benefits to employees who transfer with Domiciliary Care including:

  • Additional training and education programs spanning a diverse range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines.
  • Access to a Professional Development Fund which promotes excellence in all aspects of services through providing financial assistance for employees to attend relevant seminars, conferences, convocations and workshops that are held intrastate, interstate and overseas.
  • Scholarships for medical, nursing, allied health, counselling professionals and clinical managers to undertake postgraduate study which will enhance skills and expertise in areas of current clinical practice.
  • Generous salary packaging as a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Health and wellbeing programs.

The PSA will meet with RDNS SA soon to continue to look after your interests.

If you have any questions, please contact PSA. The PSA will continue to work through issues with you throughout the implementation of these changes.