Govt spends tens of millions on consultants, tries to block pay rise for disability workers

Sep 19, 2017

PSA media release

The Public Service Association (PSA) has slammed the $10 million rise in the budget for consultants in one public sector agency alone while the Government cuts jobs and argues against a 2.5% pay rise for disability care workers.

“The Treasurer can defend the expenditure on the basis the Government is undertaking “unprecedented and complicated reforms” but what he doesn’t say is that process involves the wholesale sell off of public services in NSW such as the Land Titles Registry, disability and Out of Home Care,” said Acting PSA General Secretary, Troy Wright.

“The savage irony is that many of these Departments are spending money on consultants to manage the after-effects of employees being replaced with consultants”.

Read the full media release HERE.





Land and Property Information member update – August 2017

Aug 30, 2017

LPI – ARI member update – Aug 2017 (PDF version)

Your union, the CPSU NSW, met with ARI management on Thursday 24 August for a regular ARI Transition Consultative Committee.

As you may be aware, there are a suite of 11 new ‘interim’ policies which pertain to your employment relationship with ARI.

We had previously requested that these policies be tabled at the TCC for discussion with the CPSU NSW.

We now have a commitment from management that it will engage with the CPSU NSW on the feedback that we provide them.

This bulletin is a call out to all members to please take a few moments to read these policies and send any comments, issues or questions through to your local delegate for their consideration.

There is no specific deadline. However we are told that the new HR manager will be commencing with LPI/ARI in early September and will get things rolling shortly thereafter, so please aim to send your feedback no later than Wednesday 13 September.

Your CPSU NSW delegates:

Rachel Tribe

Matthew Brooks

Lynette Severino

Phyllis Schinella

Sharon Achmad




CPSU NSW/PSA meeting with LPI/ARI

Jul 14, 2017

CPSU NSW and PSA meeting with LPI and ARI – July 2017 (PDF version)

On Tuesday 11 July, PSA General Secretary Stewart Little and PSA industrial staff met with executives of Australian Registry Investments Andrew Faber and Mark Hector.

The purpose of this initial meeting was to explain our long history of representing LPI staff and our continuing coverage after the transition to ARI under the banner of CPSU NSW (PSA), in the federal industrial relations jurisdiction.

We are pleased to have reached agreement with the new executive on key issues, namely:

  • The continuation of the existing management/union consultation processes, including consultative committees
  • Continuation of the existing workplace groups and delegate structures within LPI
  • Confirmation that ARI will comply with the 2.5 per cent Public Sector pay increase
  • Obligations of the employer with regard to the Land and Property Information (Authorised Transaction) Act 2016 and the copied state award.

Finally, members should not be concerned about their flex entitlements being terminated after 12 months. The DFSI flexible working hours agreement that is currently in place is linked to the copied state award which covers all LPI staff. This means that so long as that flex agreement remains in place (which we expect that it will), LPI staff will continue to enjoy its benefits until at least the end of the four-year employment guarantee period.

The CPSU NSW/PSA is with you and remains your union for all industrial matters.

LPI payment changes update

Jun 22, 2017

LPI Payment changes update – 22 June 2017 (PDF Version)

The PSA understands the changeover to ARI by the 1 July is expected.

Part of this changeover from the PSA’s perspective is to update payment information.

What this means for PSA members

While most members actually do direct debit their payments from bank accounts or credit cards, there are still between 70 and 80 members who have their fees paid by payroll deductions.

For those of you who still paying by payroll deduction, the PSA is suggesting you change to direct debit.

Online ‘Switch’ forms are available HERE

Forms are also available from your Delegates, please contact them if you wish to change to direct debit.

Land and Property Information PSA media statement

May 25, 2017

Land and Property Information PSA media statement – May 2017 (PDF version)

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported taxpayers could potentially pay tens of millions because of LPI F6 bungle. Typically, and disgracefully, Finance Minister Victor Dominello once again rushed to blame the bungle on LPI staff, rather than recognise the real cause: his Government’s privatisation-at-any-cost agenda.

See the PSA media statement debunking the Minister’s false assertion HERE.

LPI pay rises post-transition

As LPI T&R staff will be aware, your conditions and entitlements found in your current Award will be carried over to the new employer for a period of four years as per the conditions of employment guarantee your union campaigned for as the privatisation bill went through the NSW Parliament.

Quite literally, your state award is copied word for word, and it will exist in the federal sphere.

This copied state award will also include the carry over of your flexible-working-hours entitlements.

However, despite the copied state Award being tied to the state Salaries Award, Treasury has provide LPI advice that any pay rises will be in line with the Fair Work Commission’s annual wage reviews. Whilst the Fair Work Act and related Transitional Act does include a section allowing for the variation of a copied state Award relating to wages, the PSA does not agree that it is automatically linked to the annual wage review. The relevant section of the Transitional Act is:

  • In an annual wage review, the FWC may make a determination varying terms of a Division 2B State award relating to wages.

However this only allows that the Fair Work Commission may make a determination of this type. In other areas of PSA coverage the PSA has fought for and won an increase of 2.5 per cent to apply when the FWC increased wages by 2.4 per cent.

For your reference, the past three years the FWC annual review has increased wages as such:

  • 3 per cent on 1 July 2014
  • 2.5 per cent on 1 July 2015
  • 2.4 per cent in 1 July 2016

The PSA is seeking further legal advice on this matter, but members can be assured, the PSA will fight for fair and appropriate pay rises, which are at a minimum the 2.5 per cent, which would have automatically applied had the Government not sold off LPI.



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