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GEO jail scandal: Junee under scrutiny – The Daily Advertiser

Jul 12, 2017

After the Government was forced to intervene in the wake of an inmate at Parklea prison filming himself with a knife and drugs, the spotlight has turned to Junee jail which is also privately run by GEO.

“The only way we find out about these issues is by inmates filming themselves – what sort of system is that?” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full Daily Advertiser article HERE.

Community Services – Child Death Review

Jun 9, 2017

Community Services – Child Death Review – 9 June 2017 (PDF Version)

It has come to the attention of the PSA that the Serious Case Review Unit (SCR) of the Department is not always supplying the documents that must be provided to staff they want to interview following the death of a child known to the Department.

The PSA was involved in the negotiation of these documents a number of years ago and is very concerned that members have informed your union they appear to have been pulled from the intranet. Click HERE to read the document on what to expect in a Child Death Review.

Your union will be seeking a meeting with the Department to ensure these documents are reinstated.

The death or serious injury of any child is distressing and confronting to all staff in a CSC and administrative staff should not be overlooked in the provision of support.

Of specific concern is members have advised the PSA that they are not informed their participation in any interview is voluntary.

If members consent to be interviewed, they should ideally be notified five working days before SCR interviews occur to allow time to review files, reflect on the information provided and clarify any concerns.

There are also key responsibilities for your Senior District Management to comply with in planning the management of any review of a child death.

The management plan identifies a number of actions including but not limited to:

  • deciding whether office dynamics suggest individual or group briefing is appropriate
  • a plan for the DCS to brief staff to set a positive tone, explain the purpose and clarify staff questions
  • arranging formal and informal supports for staff after the interview
  • working with SCR and CSC staff to manage staff feedback on the draft review.





CS Psychological Services update

May 24, 2017

CS Psychological Services update – 24 May 2017 (PDF Version)

Your PSA representatives have met with the Executive Director of Community Services Clare Donnellan and have discussed the issues you have brought up. After a successful meeting, we have come to agreements regarding the following matters:

Behaviour support plans

The Restricted Practices Group is developing a new set of Behaviour Support Guidelines. The paper was forwarded to the CS Psychological Services Vocational Group Executive and the feedback will be forwarded to the Restricted Practices Group.

Role descriptions

The current role descriptions will be reviewed and updated to reflect the capability framework. The Executive Director has agreed no amendments to Role Descriptions will happen without consultation with Team Leaders and PSVAG.

Annual conference

It was agreed the current Award provides for Professional Development for Psychologists and therefore needs to occur. As a result, this year’s conference has been tentatively considered for October/November 2017.


It has been determined that the current establishment is 64 funded positions: one Director, seven Team Leaders, and 56 Psychologists.

Director of Psychological Services

This position is not currently being advertised as it is likely to be affected by the current reforms. Any decisions about advertising the role will be made once the impact of these reforms is known.

Belinda Edwards will remain acting in this role for at least the next six months.

Quarterly meetings

Quarterly meetings between PSA representatives, the Director of Psychological Services and the Executive Director of Community Services State-wide Services will be reinstated.

If there are any issues, they will be initially raised with the Director of Psychological Services.

We will continue working together to have your concerns heard and addressed. Your PSA representatives are your voice in the workplace.

If you are not a member yet, join today!





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.

Community Services bulletin Caseworker Development Programme

Apr 20, 2017

Community Services bulletin Caseworker Development Programme – April 2017 (PDF version)

It has come to the attention of the PSA that some Districts are directing new caseworkers, who have not completed the necessary CDP modules, to conduct home visits and be allocated cases.

Those tasks should not be performed by Caseworkers until they have completed the necessary modules.

To Read the Primary and Secondary Caseworker Activities while undertaking CDP click HERE.

This document was negotiated with the PSA in 2011 and explains in detail tasks that may be performed by new Caseworkers as they complete each of the compulsory modules.

The Department is obliged to adequately train all new Caseworkers, provide mentoring and gradually introduce the full range of Casework duties in pace with completing the various CDP modules.

A failure to do so will see practice degenerate and Caseworkers left to sink or swim.

The Department has a duty of care to staff and all staff who have any client contact must undertake training in Preventing and Managing Occupational Violence.

No Caseworker should undertake a home visit without having undertaken PMOV.

If you have any concerns about directions to perform work for which you have not completed the necessary module, please contact your delegate or one of the PSA’s designated Community
Services Industrial or Organising staff.

Central Coast deserves better than 300 job cuts and slashed vital services says union

Apr 3, 2017

PSA Media release:

The NSW Government has slashed 300 public sector jobs on the Central Coast, with the privatisation of Disability Services and Out Of Home Care now also eating away at the community said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“This is a Government that just builds roads, not communities or a society,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“The Central Coast is out of sight and out of mind as far as this Government is concerned with the highest rate of vulnerable children in Out Of Home Care of all FACS districts in the state.”

“The Government’s ongoing privatisation agenda is setting up the Central Coast to fail spectacularly.”

“If the Government really wants to make a difference to the lives of the people of NSW, it should urgently rethink the catastrophic plan to privatise the Land Titles Registry, a move condemned by everyone from academics to property developers and pull back from the forced transfer of state disability services.”

“The Government trumpets its efforts on ‘life-changing projects’ but what could be more life changing for millions of people across NSW than to lose the security on their property?

“What could be more life changing for tens of thousands of families than to have the care of loved ones with disability thrown into free fall after the Government completely steps away from that space?”

“NSW will be the only state in Australia with no Government safety net for people with disability.”

“On the Central Coast alone, that will impact on 2,735 clients.”

“This is a Government that washes its hands of all social responsibility whether it’s starving the world class TAFE system of funds while throwing millions at dodgy private providers or pushing vulnerable kids into a non-Government Out of Home Care system and then reading the horror stories in the media.”

The NSW Government employs almost 10% of all workers in the Central Coast and is by far the largest employer in the region.



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