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TAFE NSW SkillPoints bulletin

Apr 28, 2017

TAFE NSW SkillPoints bulletin – April 2017 (PDF version)

This week the Minister announced the Industry Focus and Location of the nine SkillsPoints Headquarters for TAFE NSW.

As you are probably aware, these are:


  • Innovative Manufacturing, Robotics and Science in Newcastle
  • Agribusiness in Griffith
  • Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills in Tamworth
  • Health, Wellbeing and Community Services in Queanbeyan
  • Supply Chain and eCommerce in Dubbo
  • Tourism and Experience Services in Coffs Harbour.


  • Creative and Design Ideation in Parramatta
  • Infrastructure, Energy and Construction in Mount Druitt
  • Technology and Business Services in Ultimo.

Your union has been briefed and we understand that no individuals are impacted at this point in time. We have also been advised that although the headquarters are going to be located in these areas, it does not mean all staff will have to locate there. While there are small teams at each location, other staff should be able to work virtually.

We appreciate TAFE Worker Level 5 (previously Clerk 5/6) positions will be most impacted, but until the decision is made around how these SkillsPoints will look, we do not know exactly what the impact will be. We do, however, know it will happen this year.

You have been asked to supply comment on the decision and how you and your colleagues will be affected. We urge you to provide your feedback.

You can support the work of the CPSU (PSA) and your local delegates by asking your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU (PSA).

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know what their rights are, and encourage them to JOIN the CPSU (PSA).

There is a lot happening in ADHC

Apr 26, 2017

There is a lot happening in ADHC – April 2017 (PDF version)

The PSA understands this is a very difficult and disruptive time for all ADHC staff members. There is a lot of change and it is most unsettling.

A number of PSA delegates are regularly attending meetings with FACS management to raise issues and concerns. If you would like any issues raised in these meetings please contact:

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Rachael Shaw – 0431 349 984

Darrin Morgan – 0423 498 499

Mobility Pathways

Rachael Shaw – 0431 349 984

Darrin Morgan – 0423 498 499

CST transition to Benevolent Society

Bronwyn Couch – 0422 493 895

Naomi Fraser – 0437 363 267

Accommodation & Respite transition to NGOs

Rachel Smoothy – 0411 753 417

Shane Elliott – 0402 589 435

If you are not already a member, join online HERE.

Rural Fire Service member update

Apr 26, 2017

Rural Fire Service member update – April 2017 (PDF version)

Your union, the PSA, will be visiting Rural Fire Services offices and headquarters in the coming months to engage with delegates, members, and non-members to build strength on the ground in 2017.

The initial focus will be updating members on:

  • PSA Salaries Case 2017
  • Discussing local issues
  • Discussing the RFS Award
  • Encouraging members to get involved in their union by becoming an area contact or delegate
  • Encouraging non-members to join the PSA.

PSA Rural Fire Service Delegates in 2017

  • Would you like to become more involved in your union?
  • Interested in working with PSA members across Rural Fire Service?
  • Become a PSA delegate!

Nominations have been called for your RFS DC – get your nomination in!

If want to nominate to be a delegate, what to know how to submit your nomination and/or view the electorates and the number of delegates needed for each electorate-click HERE.

Note: Nominations must reach PSA Head Office via the prescribed methods by 4pm Wednesday 3 May 2017.

If you want to have a say in how your union is run and want to be part of a collective effort to improve your rights at work by building strength on the ground, we encourage you
to nominate and get involved in your union, the PSA.

We also encourage members working in the various roles at Rural Fire Service to nominate so there is a diversity of views and input from across RFS.

Your PSA Industrial Officials:

Dean Allen – Industrial Officer

Bart McKenzie – Senior Organiser

What can you do?

  • Give a copy of this bulletin to your colleagues
  • Print this bulletin and put it up on your notice board
  • Ask a colleague to join the PSA
  • Get involved as your Area Contact
  • Get involved by being on the Legal Aid DC
  • Attend a meeting at your worksite.

Update your details online HERE.

Australian Unity Staff survey

Apr 24, 2017

Australian Unity staff survey – April 2017 (PDF version)

Let the PSA know your concerns

In the past few months, members have reported increased workload and the need to work excessive hours to delegates and the PSA. These issues might be of concern to other members.

The following survey has been designed to measure how widely felt these issues are.

The data from this survey is being collected by the PSA and you may wish to remain anonymous. All answers will be completely confidential.

Members are encouraged to complete the survey, which should only take approximately10 minutes to complete.

Click HERE to complete the survey.

Tenancy Management Project …WAAT? PSA concerns about Housing Privatisation

Apr 21, 2017

Tenancy Management Project – PSA concerns about Housing Privatisation – 21 April 2017 (PDF Version)

The FACS Board has commissioned a private consulting firm, ARTD Consultants to conduct a comprehensive analysis of FACS Tenancy Management Services.

The survey named WAAT (Workload Activity Analysis Tool) 2017, which by now you would have been ‘required’ to complete, is only phase one.

The PSA did not condone this measure, since such a tool was used in the scoping study to successfully privatise Land and Property Information (LPI).

The PSA has not been party to the project nor were we consulted before it commenced.

On inquiry, the PSA was assured that the WAAT was anonymous, however, since you were provided with a log-in connected to your email address; your identity is attached to the information provided.

The fact that if you had not completed the WAAT, you received a prompt email, does not promote confidence in anonymity.

The official FACS plan is to develop a new tenancy management and implementation approach for social housing tenancies managed by FACS Housing.

The Department says they have ‘no immediate plan to outsource Tenancy Management’, but we already know that as part of Future Directions in Social Housing, some tenancy management work will transfer to community sector providers.

Unfortunately, the department has also warranted that the purpose of the project is not to increase funding or resources to your area.

Workload and Priorities

As part of phase two of this project, we know the Department is intending to conduct half day visits to 35 Tenancy teams.  The PSA is aware our Housing members have extremely heavy workloads.  We support you in giving priority to your Housing work before taking up your valuable time to fulfil the requirements of this project.

If you have any concerns in relation to the Tenancy Management Project, please contact the PSA.

PSA Industrial Staff

Kris Cruden – Industrial Manager

Siobhan Callinan – Senior Organiser       

Katy Ambler – Industrial Officer

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

If you have any questions about this bulletin please email: 


Community Services bulletin Psychological Services

Apr 21, 2017

Community Services bulletin Psychological Services – April 2017 (PDF version)

The PSA has today written to Clare Donnellan, Executive Director, Community Services Statewide Services requesting a meeting to discuss issues identified by your PSA Community Services Psychologist Advisory Group (PSACSPAG).

You can read the letter HERE.

Your delegates are working closely with PSA staff to highlight and resolve the issues you face in your day to day work in providing your specialist services to the most vulnerable kids in the state.

The PSA in conjunction with your delegates will be conducting a further survey of the issues you face in providing the best psychological services that our children deserve.

You can further assist by encouraging non-members to join the PSA.

Together we are stronger and our voice louder.




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