Mobility pathway a road to nowhere

Sep 20, 2017

Mobility pathway a road to nowhere – September 2017 (PDF version)

Your PSA representatives met with counterparts from Treasury and the Department on Monday 18 September regarding the mobility pathway.

The PSA has been literally inundated with responses from members in recent weeks and months regarding their frustrations as to how the mobility pathway is operating. Given it is clearly struggling at present, the PSA also has grave concerns with respect to its capacity to deliver later in the year when members subject to current and future FACS restructures join it.

The PSA used the meeting to outline members’ concerns, including inadequate matches to jobs, inappropriate matches to jobs, inadequate information being provided to members when they are matched to jobs, the “quarantining” of frontline positions, lack of contact from Career Placement Officers (CPOs) and the stress and anxiety the process is creating for our members.

What became quickly apparent however is the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has almost a blind faith in the capacity of the mobility pathway and its contracted providers, INS.

There was an immediate dispute as to the success rate of the program. The DPC claims there are far fewer participants who have been placed at a much higher rate than what the PSA was previously advised at a meeting with INS on 23 August 2017. The PSA has demanded these figures be provided to us. If the reports the PSA has received are correct and the placement rate of the program is anything like the measly 10 per cent it has been advised, then the viability and value of the program must be questioned.

The PSA attacked the inability of the DPC and INS to force hiring agencies across the public sector to consider FACS employees on the mobility pathway for vacancies. The DPC and Treasury claimed everything that could be done was being done. However, the PSA pointed out that if FACS itself as a hiring agency was choosing to advertise externally and not making what it described as frontline positions available to its own employees on the pathway. What hope was there any other agency or Department would do so? The FACS representative at the meeting claimed to have no knowledge of this decision and has undertaken to look into it.

The PSA also raised the issue of suitable positions that were not being identified for participants, unsuitable positions that were being identified, and, bizarrely, the limited information on a position that was being provided when it was being given to a candidate. DPC and Treasury tried to argue that this information was given by the INS CPO, but the PSA was able to demonstrate through information given by members that this was not the case, and they have agreed to improve this element of the process.

Finally, DPC advised that it had recently undertaken a “review” of INS’s performance and found it to be satisfactory. The PSA made it clear that in the opinion of its members, the results and experience of the mobility pathway bore out a different story.

A repeated theme in negotiations yesterday was the PSA raising concerns of its members and the resultant detrimental impacts the mobility pathway was having on their well-being, and the DPC asking to deal with matters individually to assist those persons better in the program.

The PSA’s position is that it is the mobility pathway that needs to be repaired – not the individuals participating in it.

The mobility pathway as a concept was initially well received by the PSA in good faith as an additional mechanism that would assist members the large volume of members displaced by the restructures and privatisations underway in FACS to remain in public sector employment and minimise redundancies. It was also a test for the much-lauded capability framework introduced in 2014. On both accounts it has been an abject failure, where we hold the genuine concern that it now poses more harm than good by creating unreal and unachievable expectations.

The parties will meet again in two months. The PSA has made it clear that unless there are significant increases in employees getting permanent jobs and improvements in the processes of the mobility pathway, it will consider withdrawing support for the program. We will not stand idly by and allow members to be subjected to a potentially demeaning and demanding experimental process that produces slim prospects of a positive result.

Encourage your colleagues to JOIN the PSA online, or see your delegates for membership forms.

Stronger, Together – A unionised workplace is a fairer one!

Govt spends tens of millions on consultants, tries to block pay rise for disability workers

Sep 19, 2017

PSA media release

The Public Service Association (PSA) has slammed the $10 million rise in the budget for consultants in one public sector agency alone while the Government cuts jobs and argues against a 2.5% pay rise for disability care workers.

“The Treasurer can defend the expenditure on the basis the Government is undertaking “unprecedented and complicated reforms” but what he doesn’t say is that process involves the wholesale sell off of public services in NSW such as the Land Titles Registry, disability and Out of Home Care,” said Acting PSA General Secretary, Troy Wright.

“The savage irony is that many of these Departments are spending money on consultants to manage the after-effects of employees being replaced with consultants”.

Read the full media release HERE.





ADHC – Pay on public holidays

Sep 15, 2017

ADHC – Pay on public holidays – September 2017 (PDF version)

Public Holiday Shifts for Disability Staff employed under the Crown Employees Ageing, Disability and Home Care – Department of Human Services NSW (Community Living Award) 2010

It has recently been brought to the attention of the PSA/CPSU NSW that some members have had anomalies in their pay whilst working on the night shift of a public holiday.

We urge members that are rostered on the night shift for the upcoming Labor Day public holiday to be vigilant and to check their pay to ensure they are paid in accordance to the clauses set out below in the award.

(v) Staff members who are rostered off duty on a public holiday shall:

  1. be paid one day’s pay in addition to the weekly rate or, if the officer so elects,
  2. have one day added to their period of recreation leave.

(vi) Where a staff member is rostered for a shift that crosses midnight on a public holiday, and the total rostered hours on the public holiday are less than the equivalent of a full shift, for the purposes of subclause (v) above, the shift will be deemed to have been worked on the day on which the majority of time was actually worked.

(vii) Where because of the majority of hours falling on a non-public holiday the shift is regarded as a non-public holiday shift, the staff member shall be deemed to have been rostered off duty on the public holiday and shall be paid in accordance with subclause (v).

Whilst FACS payroll has rectified the situation, in some cases, there may be members who have anomalies of their own from working previous night shifts on public holidays.

Please check your payslips and contact FACS payroll there are any discrepancies. If there is no resolution after contacting FACS payroll then contact the PSA at

PSA/CPSU NSW has won! Your rostering principals are protected

Sep 13, 2017

PSA/CPSU NSW has won – Your rostering principals are protected – September 2017 (PDF version)

The fight to protect the rostering principles has been long and hard.

At every turn the Government has refused to safeguard the conditions you already enjoy, putting in jeopardy your access to penalty rated shifts and a fair and equitable workplace.

But we did not give up! On 30 August 2017 your union the PSA/CPSU NSW won the court case to protect your conditions post privatisation.

Download the pay rise poster HERE and put it up on your notice board.

An important win for members

Your rostering principles and paid special leave have been locked in and protected. We have also won your pay rise this year which will be backdated until 1 July 2017.

Only by the PSA/CPSU NSW fighting for your conditions has this win been possible.

Now more than ever it is important to be a member of your union. With so much uncertainty in a privatised world having your union behind you is the only way to protect your conditions and win in the future.

Make sure everyone in your group home is a member. Join easily online at or email us at for a form.

Members and delegates, remain vigilant

It is important to remain vigilant. If rostering issues arise, make sure you let your delegate know so that they can be easily and quickly resolved using the rostering principles.

Congratulations and thank you to all those involved in the dispute, we are only as strong as our members and delegates.

Want a visit to your team meeting?

Contact your delegate or organiser to arrange a visit to your workplace.

You can contact the PSA direct at or 1300 772 679.

You can support the work of the PSA and your local delegates by asking your colleagues to JOIN their union.

Illawarra disability workplace group delegate elections

Sep 12, 2017

Illawarra disability workplace group delegate elections – September 2017 (PDF version)

Come and celebrate your union wins!

Rostering principles protected, 2.5% pay rises locked in.

On 28 September, PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright will attend your workplace group elections to celebrate the PSA/CPSU NSW win in court to protect your rostering principles and make sure you get public sector pay-rises post privatisation.

Enjoy some light refreshments on us…

Thursday, 28 September 2017


Robert Jenkins Room – Berkeley Sports

5 Wilkinson Street, Berkeley

Call for nominations

We will also be holding elections for your workplace group committee delegates to make sure you have a strong and active union in the private sector.

Nominations are called for the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Vice Chair
  • Women’s Officer
  • Mount View Delegate

To nominate, download the nomination form, have it seconded by two other members and email it to by 5pm on 25 September 2017.

You can download the nomination form HERE.

Non-members welcome to attend to sign up on the night.

For more information contact the PSA on 1300 772 679 or email

Big win for ADHC members in group homes and residential facilities

Aug 30, 2017

For more than eight months the PSA has been fighting to make sure all conditions of employment of  ADHC members are transferred with them when they leave the public sector.

After a decision by the Industrial Relations Commission today we are happy to inform all ADHC staff covered by the Crown Employees (FACS) Residential Centre Support Services Staff Award and Crown Employees Ageing, Disability and Homecare NSW Department of FACS (Community Living) Award that the PSA has won the following conditions:

  • Salary Increase from 1 July 2017 and each year thereafter
  • Rostering principles
  • Special paid leave.

Congratulations to all ADHC Staff and a big thank you to our ADHC delegates who made statements as part of our case.

The first tranche of staff from Western NSW; Far West NSW and the Mid North Coast leave the public sector next week. They will be sad to leave, but we hope will gain comfort from knowing their union has won to ensure they transfer with these conditions.

We will continue to be your union and to fight for your rights and entitlements.



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