Government charges ahead with privatisation agenda in ADHC

Dec 2, 2013

The NSW Government is charging ahead with its privatisation agenda in ADHC.

Their decision to privatise was made without consultation.

It was made without taking into consideration the questions and concerns of stakeholders, including the staff working in ADHC.

PSA members are now facing privatisation but have been given little information on transfer rights and the Government has not protected key entitlements, including redundancy.

The union believes the NSW Government is making a big mistake if it proceeds with abolishing ADHC.

We do not trust the Government’s claim that their agenda will create 25,000 new jobs.

The PSA wants to see services to people with disabilities improved and these 25,000 extra jobs to be in addition to and complement the work of our members in ADHC.

We call on the Government to stop dismantling ADHC and to instead focus on creating these extra 25,000 jobs.

The Minister has undertaken to provide a response to the PSA’s questions raised at the forum in Newcastle on 4 December.

Members who can’t attend the forum can participate online by asking a question or voting on those posed by others here:

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Sydney Morning Herald – Nothing scientific about Premier’s job cuts

Dec 2, 2013

You quote Australian Museum staff commenting “a natural history museum without a palaeontologist is a joke” (“Funding cuts leave museum with a skeleton staff”, November 30-December 1).

There is nothing remotely funny about the widespread attack on scientists occurring under the O’Farrell government. Hundreds have been cut from the state public service in the past 12 months without any explanation.

Whether it’s the bio scientists and agronomists who look after our food security, the toxicologists who ensure workers are not being poisoned or the fossil scientists in the museum, large numbers are disappearing.

I have requested information from the government about the scientific roles being cut. Unfortunately, it is unavailable because responsibility for the cuts has been conveniently devolved to individual directors-general.

This means that the O’Farrell government is unable to provide a picture of what has been lost and the impact that will have on the people of NSW.

Anne Gardiner, General Secretary, Public Service Association NSW, Sydney

Have your say at Newcastle NDIS forum

Nov 28, 2013

Defending Disability Services logo square2 mediumThe PSA is holding a second forum in Newcastle on 4 December at Panthers from 1pm to 3pm regarding the O’Farrell Government using the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as a Trojan horse to cut the choice and quality of services available to support people with a disability in NSW.

If you would like to submit a question to the panel or vote on the questions of others please go to

PSA News – 28 November 2013

Nov 28, 2013

Have your say at Newcastle NDIS forum

The PSA is holding a second forum in Newcastle on 4 December at Panthers from 1pm to 3pm regarding the O’Farrell Government using the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as a Trojan horse to cut the choice and quality of services available to support people with a disability in NSW.

If you would like to submit a question to the panel or vote on the questions of others please go to

Consultative arrangements

In 2012, the Department of Premier & Cabinet (DPC) issued revised Consultative Arrangements: Policy and Guidelines.

This circular superseded the previous Consultative Arrangements: Policy and Guidelines from 1997.

There is a question as to whether the 1997 policy is able to be unilaterally changed by the DPC without the consent of the PSA.

If the PSA is successful in such an argument, then the 1997 policy, as a term of the Conditions Award, can only be varied by the Industrial Relations Commission.

Proceedings are on foot in the Industrial Relations Court to determine whether the 1997 Consultative Guidelines policy has been incorporated by reference as a term in the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award 2009.

The matter was heard before Justice Walton on Friday 22 November 2013. We await his decision.

Howling success in NSW Police Force

When changes to rosters and duties for civilian staff working at the Police Dog Unit were made without proper consultation, the PSA stepped in to assist members.

Representations were made to NSWPF industrial reps via the JCC process and following meetings with management of the Dog Unit, the issues were resolved to the satisfaction of members.

Tackling TAFE

In TAFE there have been three bargaining meetings since 71 percent of staff voted down an inferior offer put forward by management.

We have been able to narrow down the outstanding issues, forcing TAFE to remove the claim to introduce part year employment.

The key issue now is a claim for back pay.

Higher education bargaining round up

Round 7 enterprise bargaining is under way and we have already had some great success.

The CSU agreement has been approved by the Fair Work Commission and delivers a salary increase of 11.9% (compounded at 12.46%) over 4 years. This is an average increase of 3.11% per year.

We are also making good progress at UNE, UWS, SCU, Newcastle and ACU.

At UNE, the University has agreed to our claim for domestic violence leave which is uncapped in the agreement.

UNSW bargaining has recently commenced while the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University are yet to begin.

We have also finalised an excellent agreement at the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) with a three year agreement at 4% per annum and a $1000 sign-on bonus for permanent employees ($500 for FTAs).

In addition we won:

  • An extension to the existing Primary Carer leave which allows employees, irrespective of gender, to receive the full paid maternity leave entitlement of 33 weeks in certain circumstances
  • Paid grandparent leave of 2 weeks.

Jenolan Caves – privatisation

The EOI process for the future management of the Jenolan Caves Visitor Use and Service Zone was released in June 2013.

The State Government has selected applicants who will submit their tenders by January 2014.

The PSA is now working with the Government and the prospective operators on cementing the best transitional arrangements for members, including protecting employment opportunities and retaining award conditions and salary.

Health & Safety rep training

The PSA is an accredited provider for Health & Safety Representative (HSR) Training and offers the five day HSR course and the one day annual refresher.

All HSRs who have undertaken the one day bridging or the five day HSR course are eligible to attend the annual one day refresher.

PSA HSR Training Schedule

10 December – one day annual refresher at PSA Lismore Office (applications close on 2 December)

16, 17 and 22, 23, 24 January 2014 – five day HSR course at PSA House, Sydney

If there is a HSR in your workplace, please ensure this information reaches them.

If you are interested in arranging a course for your area, please register at:

Or contact the WHS Team at

Join the PSA HERE

Authorised by Anne Gardiner, General Secretary, Public Service Association of NSW, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney

A $30,000 reason to be a PSA member

Nov 22, 2013

The PSA has won a whopping $30,000 in back pay for a member in the Hunter region of Family and Community Services.

The individual initially approached the PSA’s Newcastle Organiser, Paul James for assistance with a grievance.

During subsequent discussions, the member indicated they felt their pay rate was incorrect.

After an investigation, it was discovered their increments had not been paid for the past four years.

It got worse.

FACS said that the payments had not been made as the person was under performance management.

That was news to our member who was adamant there was no such plan in place.

And at no time were they ever informed by FACS or Businesslink that their increments were being withheld.

After the PSA demanded an audit of the member’s pay, FACS advised they had made an error.

Worse, the Department also admitted that the individual was not on any formal performance management plan.

The things they try, eh?

In total, the member received more than $30,000 in back pay.

To say that they were grateful for the PSA’s efforts would be a massive understatement.

It pays – quite literally – to be a PSA member.

The Government Sector Employment Act

Nov 22, 2013

The Government Sector Employment Act 2013 is due to commence operating on 24 February.

It will change the manner in which many public sector workers in NSW are employed.

The Act requires the creation of new statutory instruments, namely the Rules and Regulations.

These are currently being drafted by the Public Service Commission.

We expect to receive a draft package of the Rules and Regulations very soon and have a period of four weeks to provide feedback.

Members will be notified as soon as the draft Rules and Regulations are received.


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