Former SES boss Murray Kear faces prosecution over ICAC findings over whistleblower sacking – The Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 26, 2015

The former State Emergency Service Commissioner is to be charged under whistleblower protection laws over the sacking of Deputy Commissioner, Tara McCarthy.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

TfNSW PSA Members Update

Feb 25, 2015

Transport for NSW PSA Members Update 2015 (PDF version)

Your union, the PSA, has started rolling out workplace meetings and engaging with delegates, members, contacts and activists to build strength on the ground at Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) in 2015.

The initial focus will be on TfNSW award negotiations and educating members on key changes in the public sector. Topics to be covered:

  • The Transport Cluster Policy Review
  • Conditions in your Transport Service of New South Wales Salaries and Conditions of Employment Award 2011
  • Conditions in your Transport Service of New South Wales Agreement 2012
  • A recap on the Government Sector Employment Act, Regulations and Rules and the sections relevant to TfNSW.

PSA TfNSW delegates in 2015

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

To build strength on the ground and to make our claims relevant and winnable, the membership needs to be represented by worksite and departmental committee delegates and contacts spread through TfNSW. PSA delegate elections for both Workplace Groups (worksite) and the TfNSW Departmental Committee are due this year. Members will be updated on the relevant processes shortly. In the interim, if you want to become more involved in your union you can email and put TfNSW PSA contact in the subject line.

Award negotiations 2015

Your Transport Service of New South Wales Salaries and Conditions of Employment Award 2011 will be renegotiated this year and your union, the PSA will be engaging with you to identify those conditions members see as crucial to their working life as well as providing updates on the award making process.

At this stage there are no timeframes for commencement of the process and we will keep members updated on any developments in this area.

Transport Cluster Policy Review

TfNSW has advised the PSA of their proposed agenda for policy development in 2015 for the Transport Cluster. The policies subject to consultation include – Recruitment, Transfers, Secondment and Higher Duties as well as Transport leave policies and procedures. We will provide updates in member meetings and will also ask for feedback when policies are released.

The Transport Administration Act and GSE

Last year, the NSW Government changed one of the fundamental pieces of employment legislation governing the public sector. The Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE) was enacted on 24 of February 2014 with the GSE Regulation 2014 and Rules. Different parts apply in varying degrees to the transport cluster as TfNSW is also subject to the Transport Administration Act 1988.

The PSA will continue to provide information on this in meetings with members, however, for quick reference, here are a few key areas that members should be aware of:

Transport Administration Act 1988

  • Part 7 – Division 4 – Transfer of Staff
  • Part 7A – The Transport Service: Includes employment of staff in the Transport Service and salary conditions etc. of staff employed in the Transport Service

Government Sector Employment ACT

Relevant sections for Employees at TfNSW

  • Part 5 – Government Sector Employees  

Includes: Performance management systems and employee transfers and secondments.

Your union will continue to update members on how the changes could affect you in the workplace by covering an area of change in PSA workplace meetings.

Updating your details

Some members have changed work locations while others have transferred from RMS to TfNSW. We want to ensure you are included in communications from the PSA and receive updates on the award making process.

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.
Nominate to be a TfNSW PSA delegate
Attend a meeting at your worksite


Feb 24, 2015

SASS staff bulletin 24 February 2015 (PDF version)

PSA staff and delegates met with senior staff from DEC on Monday, 23 February 2015 to raise members’ concerns about LMBR in the 229 Schools.

The outcome of this meeting was that DEC are to provide an Action Plan to address members’ concerns by COB next Tuesday, 3 March 2015.

The PSA has also repeated its request of 11 December 2014 that DEC not progress any extended rollout of LMBR.

Click HERE for details


PSA organisers will be contacting members from the 229 schools for input to strengthen our industrial position should we not be satisfied with the Department’s Action Plan on 3 March 2015.

Any queries, please email

Court Officers’ Bulletin – 23 February 2015

Feb 23, 2015

Court Officers’ Bulletin – 23 February 2015 (PDF version)


Radical cuts in staffing levels across the public sector have resulted in significant workload impacts on public servants in all agencies, including Court Officers employed by the Justice Department.

Court Officers assist in the effective operation of courts across NSW and, like all areas of the public sector, were subjected to significant cuts and recruitment suspensions. The end result being excessive workloads and a reduction in security in the courts.


Your union and your Court Officers’ Vocational Branch have worked tirelessly for a long time to alleviate the chronic understaffing and workload issues affecting Court Officers.

As a result of this persistence, a recruitment campaign for Court Officers was finally undertaken by the Department. Following an intensive two week training program, fifteen (15) new Court Officers have now been appointed to serve metropolitan courts.

Whilst this recruitment round will not completely resolve the understaffing of Court Officers, it is a great leap forward for our members. It has also presented an opportunity for a number of people who were employed on a temporary or casual basis to gain ongoing employment.

A further eight Court Officers will be recruited in the near future.

Where to now?

This is a significant victory for the PSA and the Court Officers’ Vocational Branch. All PSA members should be proud of this achievement. This outcome highlights the importance of strong and active union members working together for a common goal.

It is important also to keep the momentum going and for members to continue to fight for safe working conditions so that they can continue to provide effective public services.

What can you do?

Talk to your colleagues about joining the PSA. This outcome is a clear demonstration of the power of joining together to achieve positive outcomes.

News for Ausgrid members

Feb 23, 2015

News for Ausgrid members (PDF version)

Enterprise Bargaining and the Protected Action Ballot

The PSA/CPSU has been in negotiations with Ausgrid since 12 September 2014. The expiry date of the current agreement was 18 December 2014.

Although the unions; the ETU, USU, Professionals Australia, AWU, CFMEU, AMWU and the PSA/CPSU met with Ausgrid on 12 September, 1, 8, 15, and 29 October, 5, 12, 19 and 26 November and 17 December, the parties have not reached agreement on any of our claims.

Ausgrid forwarded a conditional offer, which all unions rejected.

Ausgrid stated they were not in a position to progress negotiations until 28 January 2015, when they have prepared a response to the AER (Australian Energy Regulator). All the unions have stated that we wish to continue negotiations on the issues of job security, no trade-offs and a fair pay increase.

Members surveyed

The PSA/CPSU sent a survey to members on 19 December 2014 to get feedback on taking industrial action in support of our claims. 76.19% of the respondents voted YES to industrial action and 23.81% responded with a no.

The PSA, with the endorsement of the membership, made an application to the Fair Work Commission for a Protected Action Ballot Order (PABO) on 28 January 2015. The hearing was before Senior Deputy President Harrison on 30 January 2015. The PABO was granted by the Fair Work Commission with a “7 day notice” order.

All PSA/CPSU members should have now received their ballots from the Australian Electoral Commission in the mail and we urge all members to vote “yes” to all the questions.

Ausgrid did not meet with the unions for enterprise bargaining negotiations until 11 February 2015. We also met with them in a sub-committee to deal with a few clauses at a time. The first of these meetings was on 12 February 2015, regarding Overtime and On Call clauses in the agreement.

They will not finalise negotiations until April, after the AER report is complete.

As you would know, privatisation is presently on the agenda for power in NSW.

With this said, your conditions in the 2012-2014 agreement still apply.

The PSA/CPSU continues to negotiate in the best interest of our members.

SAS Staff Bulletin re PSA support for 229 schools – 20 February 2015

Feb 20, 2015

SAS Staff Bulletin re PSA support for 229 schools – 20 Feb 2015 (PDF version)

A high volume of the 229 schools have reported significant instability with the LMBR system as the new school year begins.

It has become obvious that with the return to school, enrolments and other tasks, that the system has not been able to cope.

What is the PSA doing and what can you do to help?

  • PSA staff and delegates are meeting with senior staff from DEC on Monday 23 February 2015.
  • Members who have not raised their LMBR issues with the PSA and wish to do so, please send them through to
  • The PSA will be seeking that the Department stop further deployment of LMBR systems until such time as staff in the 229 schools are confident that the system is functioning.
  • The PSA will report back to PSA members following the meeting.
  • Thank you to those who have so far provided us with this information.

Any queries, please email


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