Stop the Cuts to Financial Counselling: Dispute Update

21 November 2018

The PSA continues to campaign against the axing of Financial Counsellors in the Department for Child Protection (DCP).

On Monday 19 November 2018 the PSA attended the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) resulting from the lodging of a dispute with DCP about consultation on the proposed outsourcing of the Financial Wellbeing Program in DCP.

The Commissioner made the following recommendations following the conciliation conference:

1. That by close of business on Wednesday 21 November 2018, the respondent DCP will correspond with the PSA to confirm the following:

- There will be no employer initiated processes regarding offering TVSP’s or transfer of employees within the Wellbeing Services.

- A proposed timeline/structure of discussions will be tabled by the employer at the next scheduled Wellbeing Consultative Committee meeting.

- The work within Wellbeing Services will continue as prior to the decision of Government being undertaken on 4 September 2018. The employer will also confirm how this message is to be filtered down to local managers.

2. That the employer will respond to the PSA by 26 November 2018 regarding previous correspondence and discussions held with external stakeholders.

3. That the employer also provides the PSA with an invitation to be present in discussions held between DCP and the Department for Human Services regarding Wellbeing Services.

The PSA will continue our campaign with members to prevent the axing of Financial Counselling in DCP.