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PSA alerted Premier to prison overcrowding in December 2014

Back in December 2014 the PSA wrote to the Premier and expressed our grave concerns about the growing prison population and strongly recommended that Grafton be brought up to full operating capacity.

Read the letter HERE.

Latest News


Jul 3, 2015

NAIDOC Week, a celebration and showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures commences on Sunday 5 July 2015.

The theme this year is: We all stand on sacred ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.

For information on events and activities click HERE

TAFE cuts hit Lomandra School on Struggle Street – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jul 1, 2015

Cost cutting and TAFE’s “Smart and Skilled” reforms are hitting hard on those least able to absorb the impact.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

PSA Fees – 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

Jul 1, 2015

PSA fees have been adjusted in line with the Public Service pay rise from 1 July 2015.

These figures include 10% GST.

The rates are:

SALARY Annual Quarterly Monthly
(Credit Card only)
(Direct Debit only)
Above $55,169 $718.60 $179.65 $59.90 $55.30 $27.65
$38,839 – $55,169 $552.50 $138.10 $46.05 $42.50 $21.25
$9,710 – 38,838 $343.55 $85.90 $28.60 $26.40 $13.20
Below $9,710 $177.40 $44.35 $14.80 $13.60 $6.80

Members proceeding on Leave Without Pay in excess of three months need to advise the PSA so as to maintain their financial membership of the Association and the Provident Fund at a special rate of $33.20 p.a.

However, members on Leave Without Pay for a period less than three months pay the usual rate.

PSA fees are tax deductible.

Red Tape April/July 2015 edition

Jul 1, 2015

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2.5% pay win

Jun 30, 2015

After consultation with members, the PSA has secured a 2.5% increase under the Public Sector Salaries and related awards.

The 2.5% pay rise will be paid in the first full pay period after 1 July 2015.

Members who have retired or been made redundant and leave the service after the first full pay period in July 2015 will also be entitled to the increase.

If you have not received your pay rise by the end of July, please contact the PSA Member Support Centre on 1300 772 679.

Inquiry into vocational education and training in NSW

Jun 30, 2015

On 4 June, a Parliamentary Inquiry into vocational education and training in NSW was announced.

This inquiry has come about due to the hard work and campaigning that PSA members, and other community groups have done to highlight the effects the Smart and Skilled reforms are having upon vocational education in NSW.

The Parliamentary Inquiry will be taking submissions until 14 August, and the PSA will be making a submission on behalf of members.

Members are strongly encouraged to have a say on the Smart and Skilled reforms.

If you would like to get involved in the campaign or contribute your ideas to the PSA submission please register your details HERE

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NSW Govt fails to fix concerns over injured workers after 18 months – Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 29, 2015

The Baird Government have yet to respond to the 2012-13 annual report of the WorkCover Independent Review Office which labelled a key element of the reformed workers compensation scheme as unfair.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Big business budget cuts child protection jobs

Jun 26, 2015


PSA MEDIA RELEASE Big business budget cuts shild protection jobs 26 June 2015 (PDF version)

The Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) is outraged that 82 jobs in statutory child protection have been cut in the NSW budget.

Acting PSA General Secretary Steve Turner said with the Government’s own figures showing an increase in children reported as being at “risk of significant harm” and only 1 in 4 getting a face to face response from Community Services, this is not the time to cut positions.

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TAFE teachers and students furious over ‘ghost town’ campus – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 26, 2015

TAFE’s Dapto campus is like an old movie set, a ghost town that once provided first class vocational training in the area. The vacancy sign is thanks to the Baird Government’s so called Smart and Skilled Program or more accurately, Abandoned and Condemned which is exactly how many are feeling.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Tax statements

Jun 24, 2015

The PSA 2014-2015 tax statements will be posted to members by mid July 2015.

We know this is important to members and are currently focusing on the preparation.

Your patience is appreciated.

NSW state budget 2015: TAFE reforms hit students hard – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 24, 2015

While the Baird Government is all smiles about the budget, there’s nothing remotely funny about what it has done to TAFE.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald story HERE

Workers comp cuts 3 years on – Unions NSW survey

Jun 23, 2015

The survey should take between 3-10 minutes depending on your circumstances. Take the survey now.

For three years, workers and their unions have placed pressure on the NSW Liberal Government to reverse the cruel cuts they made to workers compensation in 2012.

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Prison workers call Grafton Jail plan ‘slap in face’ – The Daily Examiner

Jun 22, 2015

Rather than reopen the existing facility at minimal cost, the Baird Government has opted for a new private prison in Grafton.

Read The Daily Examiner article HERE

Government cuts thousands of jobs, spends big on contractors – Ten News

Jun 22, 2015

Cuts come back to haunt Baird – Ten News

New private jails shocking waste of money

Jun 19, 2015


New private jails shocking waste of money – 18 June 2015 (PDF version)

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Baird Government plans to waste billions of dollars on building new private jails when an existing government run facility sits virtually empty.

PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner said today’s government announcement about private gaol beds is not about solving the long-standing overcrowding problem in prisons.

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Union says north coast caseworker numbers are an ‘optical illusion’ –  ABC News

Jun 9, 2015

New figures showing the North Coast has enough caseworkers to support children at risk of serious harm are an illusion says the PSA.

Read the ABC News article HERE

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