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The National Parks Vocational Branch AGM Update

The National Parks Vocational Branch (NPVB) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 14 November to discuss a range of issues including: Change in Government The meeting observed that there had been some wins with the change in Government including with the control of wild horses in Kosciusko National Park (and the introduction of aerial culling). The PSA will be chasing up on the…

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Rural Fire Service Joint Consultative Committee

On Tuesday, October 31, the PSA held the regular Departmental Committee (DC) meeting with your NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) delegates. You can read a report back from that meeting HERE Following this, your PSA representatives engaged in discussions addressing critical matters affecting RFS members. The following provides an update following the recent Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) meeting held on November 8, 2023. Health &…

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NSW Police – Instructions on your rights: Christmas Closedown 2023

The Christmas Closedown As Christmas approaches, many staff will begin to receive encouragement from managers or supervisors in relation to the Christmas closedown. The Christmas closedown period for this year in NSW Police will be from Monday, 25 December 2013 to Friday 5 January 2024 inclusive. The Public Service Holiday has been designated for Friday, 29 December 2023. Can I work during the closedown period?…

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Minister Washington’s child out-of-home-care reform push welcomed

Families and Communities Minister Kate Washington’s promise to address the appalling outcomes for NSW’s most vulnerable children caused by the previous coalition government’s privatisation of the state’s out-of-home-care system is to be applauded, says the union representing child protection workers. The Liberal National government’s emphasis on for-profit providers has left over 100 children living for months in motels supervised by untrained staff while the foster…

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Child protection under fire

ONE child in out-of-home has cost the state $3.3 million in 12 months, and others an average $1.7 million per year thanks to a child protection system in crisis, says the Public Service Association. It comes off the back of 12 years of neglect, and the outsourcing of child protection to for-profit providers, Assistant General Secretary of the Public Service Association Troy Wright said on…

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