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PSA’s call for the reopening of Grafton gaol began four months ago

The PSA called upon Premier Mike Baird to reopen Grafton gaol back in December 2014.

Read that letter HERE

Grafton jail is looking better – The Daily Examiner

The PSA has been arguing for months that reopening Grafton gaol is the fastest and most economical way to deal with the overcrowding crisis in NSW prisons.

Read The Daily Examiner article HERE

…and the local community right is right behind us:

Gulaptis: new minister will be ‘amenable’ to jail reopen – The Daily Examiner

Fight to re-open jail goes on – The Daily Examiner

Candidates lock in on jail – The Daily Examiner

Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia

Apr 16, 2015

The second National Call to Action will be held Friday 1 May 2015

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Newcastle May Day Parade 2015

Apr 15, 2015

Saturday 2 May 2015
Assemble at the cnr Donald & Beaumont St Hamilton at 10am

for 10:30am March to Gregson Park

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Clarence MP backs campaign to reopen Grafton jail – ABC News

Apr 14, 2015

The PSA’s campaign to have Grafton gaol recommissioned is gaining pace.

Read the ABC News article HERE

More prisons needed despite Kirkconnell’s return – The Sydney Morning Herald

Apr 13, 2015

The PSA is leading the campaign to have Grafton gaol fully recommissioned.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Public sector revamp in wake of the state election

Apr 10, 2015

There has been an organisational reshuffle within the public sector following the NSW election.

The changes are detailed in the Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes – Public Service Agencies) Order 2015.

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Housing shortage flagged as biggest hurdle to NDIS – The Sydney Morning Herald

Apr 10, 2015

A report commissioned by Family and Community Services has highlighted an accommodation crisis with the privatisation of ADHC.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

2.5 percent win in major pay case

Apr 9, 2015

On 8 April, the President of the Industrial Relations Commission agreed to make the Public Sector Salaries 2015 Award.

A 2.5% increase under that award is effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2015.

The award will expire on 30 June 2016.

It was the first time since 2008 that an award application for the increase was made by consent of both the PSA and the Government.

This increase has been agreed to without trading away any existing conditions.

The PSA surveyed affected members to seek their view on the 2.5% offer under the banner of Your Pay Your Say.

More than 95% of respondents voted YES to accept the 2.5% increase.

The PSA now has 12 months to plan our future wages strategy.

PSA Annual Conference 2015

Thursday 28 May & Friday 29 May 2015

The Wesley Centre

220 Pitt Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Country Conference

Wednesday 27 May

Level 10, PSA House

160 Clarence Street

Sydney NSW 2000

For more information click HERE

Final guidelines on assignment to role

Apr 8, 2015

The Public Service Commissioner has written to the PSA outlining the consideration that was given to the union’s feedback on the draft Assignment to Role guidelines.

To read the Commissioner’s letter click HERE.

To read the final guidelines click HERE.

Campaign to recommission Grafton gaol

Apr 8, 2015

The PSA’s continued and repeated position is that Grafton gaol be fully recommissioned.

We remain firmly committed to that position as it is the most effective and economical solution to the overcrowding crisis in the short term.

PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner has now written to the President of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of the Clarence Valley Council seeking their continued support for our ongoing campaign to recommission Grafton.

Read the letter to the President of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce HERE.

Read the letter to the Mayor of the Clarence Valley Council HERE.

May Day Rally – 3 May 2015

Apr 8, 2015

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2015 May Day Flyers (PDF Version)

Wollongong Rally – 2 May 2015



Saturday 2 May, 2015

Assemble at Lowden Square

Why Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) don’t work – Public Services International

Mar 30, 2015

PSI Media Release – Why Public Private Partnerships don’t work (PDF version)


Australian affiliates of the global union federation, Public Services International (PSI), have welcomed a new report which outlines why the privatisation of public assets and services is fundamentally flawed.

The report ‘Why Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) don’t work’ by Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) assesses the experience of PPPs in countries both rich and poor.

Why Public Private Parnerships dont work PSI Report March 2015 (PDF)

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Public service jobs worries – the Blue Mountains Gazette

Mar 27, 2015

The offshoring of ServiceFirst jobs is causing concern from on high in the Blue Mountains.

Read the Blue Mountains Gazette story HERE

At-risk youths ‘live in hotels’ – The Armidale Express

Mar 27, 2015

The walk out by Community Services caseworkers on 26 March came as reports emerged of staff in the Armidale area staying in motels to care for at risk children.

Read The Armidale Express article HERE

ServiceFirst, DOCS and other concerned members take a stand against privatisation

Mar 27, 2015

100 members from ServiceFirst in Parramatta walked out at lunchtime on 26 March in a stand against the privatisation and offshoring of their jobs. They marched to the office of MP Geoff Lee and were joined by 50 members from Community Services.

At the same time, ServiceFirst members were gathered outside the McKell Building in Sydney also taking a stand against the Baird Government’s agenda.

Community Services walk again for child protection resources

Mar 27, 2015

Community Services caseworkers in offices across the state again walked off the job in anger for an hour at lunchtime on Thursday 26 March.

The spontaneous walkout is an escalation of the action taken by a number of offices on 19 March in response to the NSW Government’s failure to properly resource child protection.

ServiceFirst members on the march in Parramatta

Mar 26, 2015

ServiceFirst staff walk off the job to protest offshoring of hundreds of jobs

Mar 25, 2015

ServiceFirst staff walk off the job to protest offshoring of hundreds of jobs walk out (PDF version)


ServiceFirst employees who perform critical human resources, IT, finance and payroll functions for NSW Government agencies will walk off the job in Parramatta and Haymarket on Thursday 26 March at 12.30pm.

The staff who are members of the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) are angry at the Baird Government’s plan to privatise and offshore their award-winning service and jobs to multinational corporations.

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Tragic consequences for children left behind – the Tweed Daily News

Mar 25, 2015

The front page of the Tweed Daily News spotlights a protest by Community Services caseworkers outside the office of Tweed MP Geoff Provest in response to the NSW Government’s failure to properly resource child protection.

Read the Tweed Daily News article HERE

Red Tape February/March edition

Mar 24, 2015

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Red Tape_February/March2015 edition (PDF)

Baird pledge: National disability scheme to start a year early – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 24, 2015

Despite problems in the trial in the Hunter region, the Baird Government have announced that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be fast tracked a year early in Penrith and the Blue Mountains area.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

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