100 years of the Petty Sessions Officers Association

Sep 19, 2017

Petty Sessions Officers Association – 100 years – September 2017 (PDF version)

The voice of court staff within your union, the PSA!

What is the Petty Sessions Officers Association (PSOA)?

The PSOA is the Advisory Group within the PSA that represents members working in Local Courts, Children’s Courts, the Coroner’s Court and District Courts. It consists of PSA delegates within Court Services across NSW. This year marks the 100th year of the PSOA.

The PSOA champions the invaluable work you do, and advocates for your working rights and conditions. The PSOA meets with Court Services management on a quarterly basis to raise industrial issues on behalf of members (Court Services Joint Consultative Committee).

Your PSOA delegates are:

Honorary Secretary – Jeffrey Walters, Wyong Court jeffrey.walters@justice.nsw.gov.au

Vice Presidents  

Veronica Antcliff, Scone Court veronica.antcliff@justice.nsw.gov.au

Danielle Beard, Forbes Court danielle.beard@justice.nsw.gov.au

Assistant Secretary – Sharyn Rowlands, Narrandera Court sharyn.rowlands@justice.nsw.gov.au

Ordinary executive members

Gordon Roberts, Downing Centre gordon.roberts@justice.nsw.gov.au

Stephen Wells, Tamworth Court stephen.wells@justice.nsw.gov.au

Become a Court Services delegate!

Would you like to become involved with your union and make a difference in your workplace? Becoming involved with the PSOA is the best way to advance the workplace issues that you care about and to improve your rights at work by building strength on the ground and supporting your fellow members.

The PSOA is looking for more members. Mentoring and training will be provided by PSA staff and delegates. All members are entitled to
12 days (every two years) of paid trade union leave to attend PSA training courses. Enrol online HERE.

Contact any of the PSOA delegates or your PSA staff if you are interested.

Upcoming court staff survey

The PSOA want to know the issues that you face in your roles and your workplaces. Keep an eye out for a survey that will be sent out in the near future. Members can also send feedback to any of the PSOA delegates or PSA staff.

Your PSA staff:

Organiser – Surabi Alauddin salauddin@psa.asn.au

Industrial officer – Andrew Boulton aboulton@psa.asn.au

Unity, Strength, Respect – united we bargain, divided we beg. The more members we have in Court Services, the stronger we become to advocate and fight for better working conditions, higher pay increases and increased job security. Encourage your colleagues to join the PSA online.

NOTICE: CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION – Crown Solicitor’s Office – PSA union meeting WHS/HSR basics and open plan proposal

Sep 19, 2017

NOTICE: CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION – Crown Solicitor’s Office – WHS and HSR basics and open plan proposal – September 2017 (PDF version)

Date:  Wednesday 20 September

Time:  1pm – 2.15pm

Venue:  UPDATE – Heritage Room, Level 7



  1. “Work Health & Safety, and Health &Safety Representative Basics” Presentation by PSA WHS specialist, Suzanne Mann
  2. Report-back of PSA meeting with CSO management, 13.09.2017
  3. Discussion of concerns and feedback about open plan office proposal
  4. Discussion of future strategy
  5. Callout for workplace delegates and health & safety representatives
  6. Importance of building negotiating influence with management by increasing PSA membership – encouraging your colleagues to join the PSA
  7. Next PSA members’ meeting.



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


Crown Solicitor’s Office – Open-plan office proposal update

Sep 13, 2017

Crown Solicitor’s Office – Open plan office proposal update – September 2017 (PDF version)

A union meeting was held at the CSO on the 12 September 2017 to discuss the proposal by the Crown Solicitor’s Office management to move to an open-plan office layout.

At this meeting numerous and wide-ranging concerns were raised by members about the plan. These included, but were not limited to: confidentiality of sensitive documents and matters, maintaining clients’ confidence, lack of privacy, cramped work spaces, loss of productivity, lower concentration, increased employee dissatisfaction, lack of consultation and transparency and work, health and safety issues.

CSO management has not adequately consulted the PSA, as it is obligated to do so under Section 65 of the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award 2009.

The PSA will meet with CSO management on 13 September 2017 and will request the following:

  1. The halting of any progress on the open-plan office proposal.
  2. The commencement of genuine consultation with the PSA regarding the CSO’s intended plan in accordance with the 1997 Consultative Arrangements: Policy and Guidelines. To enable transparency and effective consultation the PSA will reiterate its request for a detailed Change Management Plan and documented risk assessment in accordance with the Department’s obligations pursuant to Sections 17, 19 and 47 of the Work Health Safety Act 2011 and Regulation 40 of the Work Health Safety Regulation 2011. Consultation should only conclude until the PSA is satisfied with the proposal.

Refusal by CSO management to these requests will result in the PSA lodging a dispute with the Industrial Relations Commission on the grounds of lack of consultation.

Your feedback

The PSA are seeking the feedback of members on the proposal. Send your concerns about the current proposal and ideas on how the fit-out can be amended more satisfactorily to your PSA delegates by COB 18 September. All concerns will be collated into one document.

Your PSA delegates are:

Leigh Plater (x 85377) – Senior Solicitor

Teri Southwell (x 85410) – Legal & Financial System Administration Officer

Your PSA staff are:

Surabi Alauddin – Organiser

Andrew Boulton – Industrial Officer

Encourage your colleagues to join the PSA online at www.psa.asn.au, or see your delegates for Membership Forms.

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

Crown Solicitor’s Office meeting notice – 12 September 2017

Sep 11, 2017

PSA meeting notice – Crown Solicitors Office – Elizabeth Street (PDF version)

Special Members’ Meeting: Open Plan Office Proposal on:

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


Conference Room, Level 7

1. Open Plan Office Proposal
2. Member Concerns re: Proposal
3. Expression of Interest for new Delegates
4. General Business

Your PSA delegates are:
Leigh Plater (x 85377), Senior Solicitor
Teri Southwell (x 85410), Legal & Financial System Administration Officer

Your PSA Staff are:
Organiser, Surabi Alauddin (SAlauddin@psa.asn.au)
Industrial Officer, Andrew Boulton (aboulton@psa.asn.au)

Encourage your colleagues to join the PSA online at www.psa.asn.au, or see your delegates for Membership Forms. Non-members are welcome and membership forms will be available for those wishing to sign up on the day.

Stronger, Together – A unionised Workplace is a fairer one

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions PSA meeting notice

Sep 8, 2017

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions PSA meeting notice – September 2017 (PDF version)

Wollongong Office

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

3.00pm-4.00pm (Solicitors)

Conference Room

I will also be available between 12.30-1.30pm for members if they would like to discuss anything.


  • Joint Consultative Committee Report (JCC)
  • Workload
  • Early guilty plea reforms
  • Next JCC

It’s time to get involved! Non-members welcome.

For more information contact the PSA on 1300 772 679 or email bmckenzie@psa.asn.au.

Trustee and Guardian Monthly Meeting at Parramatta

Aug 31, 2017

Trustee and Guardian – Meeting notice 6 September 2017 (PDF version)

The NSW Trustee and Guardian Parramatta monthly meeting will take place as follows:

Date:  Wednesday 6 September, 2017

Time:  12.00 – 1.00 pm

Venue:  Room 4.02, Level 4


  • Forfeited hours
  • Management published KPIs
  • Unreasonable workload and performance management
  • General business.

Anything raised will be treated with strict confidentiality.

All Trustee and Guardian staff are strongly encouraged to speak with us to discuss these or any other matters of concern. Non-members are also welcome to come and have a chat about the benefits of joining the PSA and membership forms will be available.

It’s time to join your colleagues and get involved in defending your rights and conditions at work – strong membership means a strong union!




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