SA Not for Sale - Protect Public Sector Jobs and Services

11 August 2016

PSA MEETS WITH - DEPARTMENT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET

ICT INNOVATIONS PROGRAM

The Public Service Association (PSA) met with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) on Thursday 4 August 2016 about the Innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program.

The PSA reiterated its position that any ICT proposal generated by this process must not be at the expense of public sector jobs. Similarly, any proposal to outsource or privatise any current functions performed by the Public Sector will be seen as a breach of the State Government's current policy on privatisation.

The 2016/17 State Budget announcement of the “commercialisation” of transactional services administered by the Land Services Group is already a broken promise.

The PSA is seeking information from DPC on which agencies are in scope, how many jobs will be affected and where. DPC has advised further information should be forthcoming by end of August.

The PSA has raised a number of examples given by members of the difficulties with outsourced providers, including interstate and international evidence. Concerns have also been raised as to how secure the proposal to store data in cloud technology will be, (including the security of overseas storage).

The PSA and DPC are scheduled to meet in September 2016. The PSA will insist on open and transparent communication will occur on this matter, and all Public Sector members will be updated on progress.