The NSW Government is undertaking a mass privatisation via stealth, with details on how this will affect the people of NSW shrouded in secrecy. If the Government gets its way, Land and Property Information, Trustee and Guardian services, TAFEs, Sport and Recreation Centres, transport, prisons, public housing, disability care, and child protection services will be lost to private, unaccountable interests.

On 5 September, the PSA launched a second advertising campaign, The Secret Sell Off.

You can view the campaign website HERE.

The website contains a petition calling on the NSW Government to:

  1. protect our valuable public services from privatisation; and
  2. introduce “follow the money” laws for financial scrutiny and accountability.

You can sign our petition to stop the secret privatisation of NSW HERE.

A thirty second radio ad was aired in the Sydney metropolitan area and on regional stations.

You can hear the radio advertisement below.


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Latest News

Higher home prices on the way, say developers – Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 17, 2016


Former senior officers of Land Titles Office fight leasing of land registration system – The Leader

Oct 13, 2016

As the uproar over the sale of the Land Titles Registry of the Land and Property Information Service intensifies,  two former senior members of staff have joined the fight.

Read the full The Leader article HERE.

Baird’s privatisation of Land Titles Registry to lift costs for home buyers – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 13, 2016

The sale of the Land Titles Registry of the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) is horrifying economists, the legal fraternity and the property sector.  But it’s really going to bite down hard on anyone who owns or intends to own a home.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Review of NSW Workers Compensation scheme

Oct 12, 2016

The PSA has been at the forefront of the campaign to fight the drastic and unnecessary changes to the workers compensation laws made by the NSW Government in 2012.

As a result, some of the worst of the changes have been wound back, but there is still much to be done to make workers compensation fair for injured workers and their families.

As part of our campaign, the PSA has made a submission to the review of these laws currently being conducted by the Law & Justice Committee of the NSW Legislative Council – the Upper House.

You can read the PSA’s submission HERE.

This submission forms part of a larger Unions NSW submission.

Housing members – Keeping you informed

Oct 7, 2016

Following Thursday’s announcement to privatise sections of Housing, your union, the PSA, met with and received a briefing via teleconference from FACS the same afternoon.

Not all of the PSA’s questions were able to be answered during the meeting, so FACS is forwarding additional information to the PSA.

Once we have received and analysed this information, a considered and more detailed report will be distributed to members in a bulletin.

Steve Turner
Assistant General Secretary

Almost 20,000 public housing units to be transferred to not-for-profits – Sydney Morning Herald 

Oct 6, 2016

Out of public hands…and out on the street.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Sale of NSW land registry another dumb privatisation – Macrobusiness

Oct 6, 2016

Dumb, dangerous, reckless, shortsighted…

Read the full Macrobusiness article HERE.

Housing meeting

Oct 6, 2016

Members are aware Minister Hazzard today announced in the media that FACS is planning to transfer 18,000 housing properties to Community Housing Management, resulting in the loss of 190 jobs from the public service.

Following the media announcement, an urgent teleconference has been arranged with FACS management for this afternoon. At this meeting, the PSA will seek more detailed information and register our deep concerns at the apparent rushed nature and impact of this announcement.

We will provide a more detailed bulletin shortly to report back on this afternoon’s meeting and next steps in our fight against this privatisation.

PSA Organisers are now scheduling visits to consult with and update Housing members on this announcement. To arrange a visit to your workplace contact your Organising team at

PSA submission to the Public Service Commission on flexible work

Oct 6, 2016

The PSA has made a submission to the Public Service Commission on flexible work.

You can read the submission HERE.

Union fears Berry Sport and Rec Centre privatisation plan – The Illawarra Mercury

Oct 6, 2016

The PSA is leading the fight against the privatisation of Berry Sport and Recreation Centre.

Read the full The Illawarra Mercury article HERE.

Now we’re flogging off the land registry. This is not good news for homeowners – The Guardian

Oct 4, 2016

The furore over the sell off of the land titles registry of Land and Property Information is growing.

Read the full The Guardian article HERE.

Diluting Fair Trading’s legal powers – Daily Telegraph

Sep 29, 2016

The PSA highlights cuts to solicitors and the outsourcing of their work in Fair Trading.


PSA support for vocational education & training

Sep 23, 2016

The PSA has provided comments to the Department of Industry on a consultation paper released in July 2016 on proposed changes to the Act and Regulation related to Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW.

Many of the provisions do not directly affect our members but the PSA has taken the opportunity to raise concerns including:

  • the impact of ever-increasing contestability in vocational education and training which is destroying our TAFE system
  • problems with the accountability of private vocational education and training providers
  • inaction by government agencies in not taking on apprentices and trainees
  • failure to sufficiently act on government policy on indigenous training and employment.

You can read our letter HERE.

PSA warned Government of foster care concerns more than a year ago – ABC News

Sep 23, 2016

The PSA wrote to Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard more than a year ago warning of the many issues arising in the privately run foster care system.

PSA Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner appeared on the ABC last night in relation to the matter.

You can view the news item below.

Minister calls on residential children’s centres to lift their game & PSA response – ABC News

Sep 23, 2016

After a year of defending residential out-of-home care services for children, New South Wales Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard has told them to lift their game.

Mr Hazzard has sent the providers a strongly worded letter foreshadowing changes.

The move follows a recent coronial inquest into the death of a 15-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose after she was allegedly raped while in state care.

Read the full ABC News article HERE.

Proof Minister did nothing on foster crisis

PSA media release
Sep 22, 2016

The Public Service Association (PSA) wrote to Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard more than a year ago warning of the many issues arising in the privately run foster care system.

Mr Hazzard’s response was shocking, claiming there were no issues – in fact he was: “ …proud of the improvement in the care of our most vulnerable children.”

PSA Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner said the Minister can no longer claim he was unaware.

“Again lack of regulation and oversight of these private operators has led to shocking abuses and yet the Baird Government intends to outsource further, without fixing the problem,” said Steve Turner.

“We know these NGOs are not looking for kinship arrangements for these Aboriginal children and we know we are running into another ‘Stolen Generation’.”

“Today’s announcement is just outsourcing to fix the problems created by outsourcing,” said Steve Turner.

Secret Sell Off rally 21 September – Prime 7

Five NSW hospitals to be privatised under ‘surprise’ plan – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sep 16, 2016

Further proof of The Baird Government’s secret sell off with the privatisation of five additional hospitals.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

PSA petition against the privatisation of Sport and Recreation Centres

Sep 13, 2016

Sign the PSA petition against the privatisation of Sport and Recreation Centres

Can you view the petition HERE.

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