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General Assistants: December update from your Delegates

The GA Advisory Group had their last meeting for the year on Tuesday December, 30th November 2021 with half on zoom and half at PSA House. A few things to remember coming into the holidays.

Welcome Latu

Some of you may have already spoken to Latu but the GAAG would like to formally introduce Latu as the new GA organiser.

Latu has been employed by the PSA in the role of Organiser since 2004, covering members across a number of public service agencies and departments. Before commencing with the PSA, Latu was a Youth Officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice (now Youth Justice). Latu joined the PSA in 1997 and remains a member. He was a local workplace delegate for Cobham Youth Justice Centre and a member of its Departmental Committee. Along with GAs, Latu also looks after members in YJNSW and NSW Sheriff’s Office.

Latu Sailosi contact details:
PSA MSC: 1300 772 679
Mobile: 0418 254 714

Mandatory Training

As the new year approaches there is mandatory training that has to been undertaken. All mandatory training and development is meant to be done within work hours and the list can be found on the MyPL home page under mandatory training. GAs directed to undertake training and development outside of work hours should ensure the time is compensated with an overtime payment.

Cleaning of Hard Surfaces

Members are reminded that contracts cover pressure cleaning of hard surfaces. (View Here)

School Holiday Checklist

  1. Members should also make sure that Working Alone Risk Assessments are done if you are working over the holidays.
  2. If your school is part of the Come Share Our Space program, the risk assessment should include reviewing this to include any Covid-safe restrictions that may be in place.
  3. General Assistants are not required to look after contractors.
  4. Stay safe – make sure you have handy the name and phone number of your contact person, for the school. This is usually the Principal. GAs who are working alone during vacation should ring or text your contact person each day when you arrive and leave the school.
  5. Stop work when it gets too hot (View Here)

Shut Down Dates

Public Service Christmas closedown (View Here)

The Member Support Centre will be closed Between – Friday 24 Dec 2021at midday to Monday 3 January 2022

If you have issues you would like discussed at the GA Advisory Group, contact your delegates.

Stephen Smith Cobar High School Far West NSW
Salvatore (Sam) Sale Wadalba Community School Hunter/Central Coast
Wayne Gaw Armidale Secondary College – Duval Campus North West NSW
Philip Crowe Northern Beaches College – Freshwater Campus Northern Sydney
William (Bill) Martin Vincentia High School South East NSW
Alison Crittenden Sutherland North Public School South East Sydney
Hayden Berry Spring Farm Public School South West Sydney
Michael Burrell Blacktown Boys High School Western Sydney


Do you know someone who still needs to join the PSA?                                                                                                                       

You can support the work of the PSA and delegates to get better outcomes for everyone just by asking your colleagues to JOIN the PSA.

Your GAAG Delegates and your PSA staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

For those of us that work through the holidays enjoy the student free time and stay safe.


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