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PSA’s Annual Conference 28 – 29 May 2015

Country Conference Wednesday 27 May 2015

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Legal Aid funding cuts put vulnerable women and children at risk

May 22, 2015

Women and children experiencing domestic violence in NSW will lose access to family law services due to the Abbott Government’s new funding arrangements.

Legal Aid NSW chief executive Bill Grant told The Australian, the cuts of $16.7 million over five years would result in slashing more than 6600 grants to assist representation in court or cutting more than 15,000 resolution conferences to help solve family disputes.

According to Grant, about 55 percent of the family law clients represented by the agency in NSW had fears for their safety and the welfare of their children, while 20 percent had taken out apprehended domestic violence orders.

The Federal Government’s planned moves have drawn a rebuke from NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton.

New disability scheme launch in Penrith – Penrith City Gazette

May 21, 2015

The local media in Penrith has also aired the PSA’s concerns about the NDIS roll out in the Neapean and Blue Mountains and the impact on ADHC.

Read the Penrith City Gazette article HERE

Unions warn early roll out of NDIS will be a disaster – ABC News

May 21, 2015

The PSA has raised further concerns about the roll out of the NDIS in the Nepean and Blue Mountains before the pitfalls of the trial in the Hunter region have been addressed.

Read the ABC News article HERE

NDIS to be rolled out in NSW starting with Sydney’s west, one year ahead of schedule – ABC News

May 20, 2015

The PSA’s concerns about fast tracking the roll out of the NDIS in the Nepean and Blue Mountains have been aired on the ABC.

Read the ABC News article HERE

Prison officers at risk as prison population grows – The Sydney Morning Herald

May 20, 2015

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald has gotten behind the PSA’s continuing push for a better workers compensation deal for members in Corrections.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

NSW public servants honoured in war service exhibition

May 19, 2015

An exhibition titled Public Service/War Service which honours the efforts of NSW government employees during World War 1 is on at the State Records Western Sydney Records Centre, Kingswood.

Minister for Finance, Services & Property – Media Release – NSW public servants honoured in war service exhibition (PDF)

Union concerns over premature NDIS roll out in Western Sydney

May 19, 2015


Union concerns over premature NDIS roll out in Western Sydney – 19 May (PDF version)

The Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) has grave fears for the proposed roll out of the NDIS in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Thane Pearce, PSA Senior Industrial Advocate said it would be a disaster if NDIS was rolled out early.

“The trial has not yet finished in the Hunter and until issues are fixed, rolling out elsewhere could disadvantage those with disabilities that might benefit from the scheme,” Mr Pearce said.

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Job opportunities in the PSA

May 18, 2015

The Public Service Association of New South Wales (PSA) is the leading voice in NSW for the rights of public sector workers.

The PSA is currently recruiting Industrial Advocates to enable the union to better assist members with the significant challenges they are facing.

This is a role for an adaptable person with strong communication skills, who wishes to contribute to the positive work of the PSA. These roles are on-going.

The Industrial Advocate positions are Sydney-based at the PSA’s centrally located Head Office in Clarence Street (near Market Street) with easy access to public transport.

Salary: $80,997 – $95,050 plus superannuation.

Applicants are required to provide a resumé and covering letter addressing the criteria detailed in the ‘Requirements’ section of the Position Description.

You can view the Position Description HERE

Applications close: 29 May, 2015

Applications and questions are to be sent by email to

Wouldn’t this be nice?
Queensland Government demands support for unions from public sector bosses

May 18, 2015

An article in Brisbane’s Courier Mail today reports that the Palaszczuk Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet have issued a “Union Encouragement Policy” which directs public sector departments to actively encourage union membership.

The policy states in part that “Passive acceptance by agencies of membership recruitment activity by unions does not satisfy the government’s commitment. Encouragement requires agencies to take a positive, supportive role.”

You can read the policy HERE

Proposed changes to the GSE Regulation and Rules affecting Senior Executives & Equivalents

May 15, 2015

On 8 May, the PSA received a letter from the Public Service Commissioner seeking comment on proposed amendments to the Government Sector Employment Regulation and the Government Sector Employment Rules.

You can read the letter HERE

You can read the Draft Regulation HERE

You can read the Draft Rules HERE

The proposed changes deal mainly with issues around the transitional arrangements for the establishment of the new Senior Executive structure.

As a result, these issues are of most concern to PSA members who are currently:

  • Senior Executive Service or
  • Senior Officers or
  • Senior Officer Equivalents.

Feedback received from members will be included in the PSA’s submission to the Public Service Commission.

POVB Chair Steve McMahon discusses Australian Corrections Medal on 2GB

May 12, 2015

Listen to the 2GB interview HERE

Recognition for Prison Officers

May 12, 2015

For some time now NSW Prison Officers and the Public Service Association have been pushing for due recognition of the work done by members in NSW prisons.

On 27 March, the Premier received a letter from the Prime Minister stating that he supported the establishment of an Australian Corrections Medal to recognise meritorious service by Correctional Services personnel.

You can read a copy of that letter HERE.

Last week, the PSA provided background to the Telegraph about the work done by staff in corrections.

You can read the media briefing HERE.

Today, a story appeared in the Telegraph and Steve McMahon, Chair of the POVB, has been undertaking media interviews arising from the story.

Congratulations to all staff who have driven the fight for this well deserved recognition.

Particular thanks to Peter Thomson from the Wollongong Court Escort Security Unit who has championed this cause for many years.

Nepal Earthquake Appeal

May 1, 2015

With over 4,000 people confirmed dead, and over a million children said to be ‘severely affected’, Nepal needs our help.

Nepali unions are organising immediate assistance and are calling for global union support.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA will work with the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) and Union Network Nepal Liaison Council (UNI NLC) to provide the following support:

  • Medical treatment
  • Temporary tent and housing
  • Water and food supply

Every contribution counts in the effort to rebuild the lives of people in Nepal.


2015 Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA

Apr 29, 2015

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Union calls for re-opening of Grafton Gaol

PSA media conference outside Grafton Gaol 23 April 2015

Apr 23, 2015

PSA Media Release: Union calls for re-opening of Grafton Maximum Security Gaol (PDF version)

    PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner, Chair of the Prison Officers' Vocational Branch of the PSA, Corrections staff and community members outside Grafton goal today, calling on the Baird Government to reopen the prison.

PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner, Chair of the Prison Officers’ Vocational Branch of the PSA, Steve McMahon, Corrections staff and community members outside Grafton goal today, calling on the Baird Government to reopen the prison.

The Public Service Association (PSA) is urging the State Government to re-open Grafton Gaol as a maximum security facility to ease dangerous overcrowding in NSW correctional facilities.

“There is little or no capacity within the NSW system to house any additional inmates who may be detained in custody following the new bail laws being implemented in early 2015,” said PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner.

“Reopening Grafton would ease the pressure cooker situation Correctional Officers face each day without the support of adequate workers compensation.”

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PSA leads fight for changes to workers comp

Apr 23, 2015

The PSA has made a submission to the Minister for Finance proposing a number of changes to workers compensation.

You can read that submission HERE

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