The current pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for members working in non-custodial roles with CSNSW. Every member should be congratulated and rightly proud of the work they have done in the face of these challenges. You provide a critical service to the state, even if it’s not always as visible to the community as your colleagues in other emergency services.
PSA Industrial Staff liaise with the Command Post, including involvement in the daily briefings. Matters can be raised here where not being addressed adequately on a local level.
Social distancing and work practices
Whilst prisons are technically exempt from the Government’s social distancing orders, this does not mean you are working in a business-as-usual environment; quite the opposite. Your work still needs to be done but adaptations need to be made to minimise risk to yourselves and others. For example, this might include reducing the number of people together in a room at any one time, which would impact how programs and classes are delivered. Every centre is different and we encourage you to work with your fellow members, your local delegates, and local management in addressing these issues appropriately. Per below, feel free to pass on feedback to NCDC delegates.
Work from home/at-risk members
The PSA is aware a number of members are more at risk than others due to issues such as health, age, and risk category of dependents. Your union has been assisting many members in accessing suitable arrangement over the past fortnight. Every reasonable effort should be made to provide working from home arrangement for those members. To make this happen as efficiently as possible, you will need a current medical certificate detailing, as clearly as possible, your specific medical risk in continuing to perform your duties at your centre.
Any member requiring individual assistance on this or other matters should contact the PSA’s Member Support Centre in the first instance on 1300 772 769.
The PSA continues to strongly advocate with your senior management for working from home arrangements more broadly where possible with a common sense approach. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all space across the non-custodial workforce at different centres, so this will inevitably be somewhat ad hoc based on the differing needs of the centre. You are encouraged to have these conversations locally and seek assistance from the PSA where there are unnecessary roadblocks.
New Departmental Committee Delegates
Following recent elections, the most recent Non-Custodial Departmental Committee (NCDC) delegates are listed below. The PSA congratulates all delegates on their election and thanks them for their tireless work on behalf of members. This is more evident than ever during the current crisis.
You are encouraged to raise any concerns or suggestions on work practices with the above with them so they can collate feedback from their areas on COVID-19 matters.
|Electorate -1 Administration- North Coast; South West; South East|
|Electorate -2 State Parole Authority & SORC (metro)|
|Electorate -3 Central West; Hunter; North West|
|Electorate -4 Brush Farm Academy|
|Electorate -5 Case Management (Metro)|
|Electorate -6 Case Management (Regional)|
|Electorate -7 Classification|
|Electorate -8 CSI Drivers|
|Electorate 9- Henry Dean Building|
|Electorate – 10 Scheduling Clerks|
|Electorate -11 RSM/MOSP/SSAPO/ WELFARE OFFICERS/RAPO/MENTOR – metro|
|Electorate -12 RSM/MOSP/SSAPO/ WELFARE OFFICERS/RAPO/MENTOR Central West; Hunter; North West|
|Electorate -13 RSM/MOSP/SSAPO/ WELFARE OFFICERS/RAPO/MENTOR North Coast; South West; South East|
|Electorate -14 Security and Intelligence|
|Electorate -15 Sentence Administration|
Psychology Advisory Group:
|Electorate 1- North Coast; South West; South East|
|Electorate 2- Metro|
Education Advisory Group:
|Electorate 1- Metro|
|Electorate 2- North Coast; South West; South East|
|Electorate 3-Central West; Hunter; North West|
Your PSA Industrial Staff
Roland Harris Industrial Officer
Leonie Wright Organiser
It’s more important than ever that we all stand together and we’re all union. If you know a colleague that’s not a member, get them to JOIN THE PSA TODAY!