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PSA Annual Conference 2014

Thursday 29 May & Friday 30 May

Country Conference
Wednesday 28 May

Level 10, PSA House

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The Government Sector Employment Act

The Government Sector Employment Act, Regulation & Rules came into effect on 24 February 2014.

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Latest News

PSA ADHC work bans – IMPORTANT information for members

With the state wide bans and additional bans in the Illawarra and the Hunter districts regarding the privatisation of ADHC services, members are advised that:

  • This industrial action has been approved by the General Secretary of the Public Service Association.
  • Any direction to perform work covered by these bans can be refused without personal risk.
  • If members are approached to complete work covered by the PSA industrial bans, they should decline and refer their manager to a copy of the bans.

Should members receive any type of threat for refusing to break the bans they should contact their local delegate, or the PSA directly (Phone: 1300 772 679 or email:

ADHC work bans Illawarra/Shoalhaven

Apr 16, 2014

At a meeting of members in the Illawarra a motion was passed to enact work bans on Home Administrative reporting.

These bans show the determination of members to fight to save their job security, pay and conditions along with the services they deliver.

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Ground breaking win for PSA

Apr 15, 2014

In 2011, the Government, at the stroke of a pen, unilaterally changed rights around redeployment and redundancy pay for public servants. The PSA has repeatedly fought against this radical change and last week had a ground-breaking win in the Court of Appeal which will benefit all PSA members working in the public service.

This win came about as a result of the PSA’s application in 2012 to have a redundancy clause inserted in the School Administrative and Support Staff Award. The Government successfully challenged our application in the Industrial Relations Commission by using its Industrial Relations Act, Regulation 6(1)(f).

The PSA appealed the decision of the full bench of the Industrial Relations Commission which led to our most recent victory last week.

This is a win for all members working in the public service as the Court of Appeal declared that the O’Farrell Government’s regulation that stops the right of public servants to have negotiated or arbitrated enforceable rights around redundancy was invalid.

The effect of this decision for members is that the Industrial Relations Commission is no longer restricted on including redundancy provisions in an Award for public sector employees.

This is a very important victory for which the PSA has again led the way for all other public sector unions.

The PSA will immediately move to vary all relevant Awards in order to ensure that your redundancy rights are protected in your Awards and Agreements.

The PSA calls on the NSW Government as your employer to respect this decision rather than appeal to the High Court.

PSA highlights cuts with TV ad

Apr 14, 2014

On 14 April, the PSA launched a statewide advertising campaign to alert the community to the alarming scale of cuts to public sector services by the O’Farrell Government.

The television advertisement, which will also be screened in cinemas across the state, was creatively driven by Jane Caro.

Jane, along with PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner, spoke at the launch at PSA House in Sydney about what is at stake for the people of NSW.

They asked the question, “Which direction are we headed?” when it comes to our public services.

Click HERE to read Anne Gardiner’s address at the launch.

Click HERE to view the ad and show your support for public services.

O’Farrell’s controversial wages policy rejected by Court of Appeal – Sydney Morning Herald

Apr 11, 2014

The PSA’s victory in the Court of Appeal on 10 April in relation to redundancy provisions hit the Sydney Morning Herald today.

Read the story HERE

Calls for Pru Goward to be sacked over abandoned children – Sydney Morning Herald

Apr 11, 2014

A scathing report by the NSW Ombudsman  has slammed the inability of the Department of Family and Community Services to protect the State’s children, leading to calls for Minster Goward to be sacked.

Read the article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald HERE

Red Tape January/April 2014 Edition – out now!

Apr 11, 2014

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PSA wins redundancy rights for public sector workers

Apr 10, 2014

Today’s ruling by The Court of Appeal has opened the door to redundancy provisions being inserted into awards for public sector workers being battered by the O’Farrell Government said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The Court of Appeal found a Government regulation which excluded redundancy provisions being contained in awards was invalid.

The effect of this decision is to remove the restriction on including redundancy provisions in an award for public sector employees.

The matter began when the PSA applied to vary the award for School Administrative and Support Staff to include redundancy provisions.

The O’Farrell Government successfully objected to this in the Industrial Relations Commission.

The PSA took the matter to the Court of Appeal and today were victorious.

“This is a great win for all PSA members in the NSW public sector,” said PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner.

“This Government has been methodically undermining the job security of their entire workforce but today’s decision provides a safety net for public servants, something that the Government expressly attempted to disallow.”

The PSA is now able to apply to have redundancy provisions inserted in all of its awards.

Closure fears for respite centre – The Illawarra Mercury

Apr 4, 2014

Dapto Respite Centre workers stop work rally April 2014

Disability workers at Dapto attended a stop work rally on Thursday 3 April, protesting against government plans to privatise their jobs and services.

Read the Illawarra Mercury article HERE

Dapto disability workers stop work over uncertain future of local respite services

Apr 3, 2014


PSA Media Release Dapto Respite Centre (PDF Version)

Disability workers at the Dapto Respite Centre have stopped work this afternoon over concerns the support service may be closed by the NSW Government, according to the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA).

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Does a loved one or friend depend upon disability services?

Apr 1, 2014

The PSA is helping to establish a network of concerned parents, relatives, workers and friends to collectively plan how to deal with the dramatically changing shape of the disability sector in NSW.

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