Corrective Services – Custodial Operational Policy and Procedures

Dec 13, 2017

Corrective Services – Custodial Operational Policy and Procedures – December 2017 (PDF version)

As members are aware, there has been extensive consultation with CSNSW in regards to the Operational Procedures Manual being changed/revised to the Custodial Operational Policy and Procedures (COPPS).

The COPPS will become live on Saturday 16 December, 2017. Not all policies have been completed through the consultation process. This means we will work under the OPM.

Attached HERE is a document that tables the issues that we have raised through the consultation process and the responses by CSNSW.

We have been informed the policies are fluid documents that can be changed if further issues arise once they have been made live. Staff/members will be given the opportunity to give feedback to an email. If you could include Jason Charlton and myself on in any feedback, that would be appreciated.

Contact Details

Nicole Jess – Chairperson
0427 609 199

Jason Charlton – Vice Chairperson
0401 500 976

Thor Sutherland – Country Chairperson
0447 633 476

Natalie Howes – Secretary
0407 011 441

Darren King – Assistant Secretary
0407 935 039

Send Malcolm a message in the Bennelong by-election

Dec 13, 2017

Send Malcolm a message in the Bennelong by-election – December 2017 (PDF version)

The by-election on 16 December in your electorate presents an opportunity to recalibrate the direction of our country in terms of its values and priorities.

The whole nation’s eyes will be on Bennelong on Saturday as the ramifications of the result could be immense and historic.

This is why the PSA has gotten behind Union NSW’s “Send Malcolm a Message” campaign.

We know governments only listen through the ballot box. What we want them to hear is:

  1. Cease your attacks on workers and their organisations through cuts to penalty rates and a raft of anti-union legislation
  2. Fix the NBN
  3. Fund universities and TAFE, and redirect subsidies and money being wasted on the private sector providers
  4. Take action on energy prices and climate change
  5. Keep their hands off our industry superannuation funds.

On behalf of the PSA’s membership across the state, who are all being impacted adversely by their policies, I urge you to send a message to Canberra by not voting for the Liberal Party on Saturday.

Land and Housing Corporation survey results

Dec 13, 2017

Land and Housing Corporation survey results – December 2017 (PDF version)

Why did we do a survey?

The PSA recently conducted a survey of members in Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC), which closed in November.

We received a good response, with a wide cross section of members completing the survey. All answers will be kept confidential.

We wanted to hear from members about the issues affecting them and the ways in which we can support you in your workplace.

Reporting preliminary aggregated results

Most of respondents were Program Officers (56.52 per cent).

More than half reported their workload had largely increased (Q.7 70.83 per cent).

The top three things that contribute most to increase workload were:

  1. Internal IT issues/system problems (83.33 per cent)
  2. Staffing levels (75 per cent)
  3. Customer complaints (62.50 per cent)

Almost half of respondents felt their Personal Development Plan (PDP) was of no use to recording professional development goals (Q15: 47.06 per cent).

Members supported a range of union activities to better support them in the workplace and to assist with raising and resolving issues.

The PSA has already begun working on these and in the New Year will be progressing:

  1. Establishment of LAHC specific consultative meetings
  2. Establishment of a union committee to deal with workplace issues

Thank you for participating in the LAHC survey.

The PSA will examine the results in depth to inform a coordinated strategy for raising issues with management.

What can I do in the meantime?

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

If you have any questions about this bulletin please email

ADHC bulletin – Copied state award

Dec 13, 2017

ADHC bulletin – Copied state award – December 2017 (PDF version)

ADHC Accommodation and Respite staff who have transferred or about to transfer to non-government organisations are covered by two awards. They are the:

  1. Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Reviewed Award 2009”. Download copy HERE; and
  2. Crown Employees Ageing, Disability and Home Care – Department of Human Services NSW (Community Living Award) 2015 (CLA). The CLA Reviewed Award is dated 17 November 2015. Download copy HERE.

There is a variation to the CLA dated 30 August 2017 that reflects the PSA’s win at the Industrial Relations Commission. Download copy HERE.

These Awards are known as “copied State Award” under Fair Work Amendment (Transfer of Business) Act 2012.

Operation of “copied State award”

The “copied State award” applies during the 2-year employment guarantee period from the date of transfer to a non-government organisation.

However, this does not mean that after the employment guarantee period, the awards will no longer apply.

Section 768AO of the Fair Work Amendment (Transfer of Business) Act 2012 states that the default period of a “copied State award” is 5 years.

It further states the copied State agreement will cease/terminate if an enterprise agreement is made that covers the employee and the new employer.

This simply means that if a new enterprise agreement is not made before or after the employment guarantee period of 2 years, then the copied State award can exist for a further period of 3 years.

Want to arrange for an Organiser to attend your team meeting?

Send your request to

What can I do in the meantime?

You can support the work of the PSA/CPSU by asking your colleagues to JOIN their union.

Having your union and its collective strength behind you in the workplace is the only way to make sure you get fair outcomes.

University of Sydney CPSU NSW bulletin

Dec 12, 2017

University of Sydney CPSU NSW bulletin – December 2017

Dear University of Sydney professional staff colleagues,

Tomorrow, Wednesday 13 December, the university will open a university-wide staff ballot asking whether you accept the 2017-2021 Enterprise Agreement as recently drafted.

CPSU NSW members at the University of Sydney have chosen to endorse the new agreement on the basis that, on balance, it provides improved conditions for professional staff. Therefore, on behalf of the CPSU NSW, I strongly encourage you to participate in the all-staff ballot and vote YES to accept the new Enterprise Agreement.

Amongst the many improvements that CPSU NSW worked hard to achieve are:

  • A flat-rate $500 salary uplift for professional staff. The CPSU fought strenuously for a flat-rate salary increase, which is more beneficial for staff at the lower end of the salary scale, in the last bargaining round – however, the other bargaining parties were not receptive. This time we had some success! This is on top of the $500 sign-on bonus and 2.1 per cent increases in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 which apply to all staff
  • Enhancements to professional staff workload protections, including set indicators of problematic workloads that supervisors will be required to consider and the ability to appeal a decision related to your workload to the Delegated Officer (Staffing)
  • An enhanced Change Management process allowing for a preliminary staff consultation process prior to the establishment and release of a formal change proposal
  • The inclusion of a requirement to consider job retraining as a potential mitigating action in redundancy processes
  • Enhanced gender equity conditions not only in terms of salary and HEO level, but also in terms of career opportunities, and including the requirement to consider gender equity issues with regard to selection, probation and promotion procedures.

While the CPSU NSW was an active and vital contributor to the positive professional staff developments within the bargaining process, we made our displeasure known about elements of that process which took place once the pay offer was put on the table and we will work to prevent a repeat of those elements when the next agreement is negotiated.

If you are a professional staff member with an interest in improving your working conditions and those of your professional staff colleagues, please consider joining the CPSU NSW – The CPSU NSW at the University of Sydney is wholly dedicated to protecting and improving the working lives of professional staff.

Thanks and regards,

Grant Wheeler
Branch President
University of Sydney Branch

Please note, all members of the CPSU NSW are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW.

Emails are sent to contact lists the CPSU NSW maintains from various sources such as petitions, surveys and public information. To stop receiving emails, please reply to with the words Unsubscribe in the subject line.

Crown Solicitor’s Office – Urgent PSA Union meeting – Open Plan Dispute

Dec 12, 2017

Crown Solicitor’s Office – Urgent PSA Union meeting – Open Plan Dispute – December 2017 (PDF version)

Friday, 15 December 2017


Heritage Room, Level 7

An urgent members’ meeting will be held regarding the Open Plan Office Dispute.

It is important that all members attend. These are your workplace conditions at stake; now is the time to get involved! All matters raised will be strictly confidential.

Encourage your colleagues to join the PSA at or see CSO Delegates for membership forms.

Your PSA Delegates are:

Leigh Plater:

Teri Southwell:

United we bargain, divided we beg – A unionised workplace is a fairer one!


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