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Legal Aid NSW bulletin – 17 May 2017 (PDF Version)

The Legal Aid Peak Consultative Committee (PCC) met on 27 April 2017. The PCC is the forum where your delegates and officials meet with management to discuss and determine the issues that affect you in your workplace. It is attended by the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of People and Organisational Development, and the Manager of Workplace Arrangements.

Administrative support review

The PSA understands that this review has been the source of some anxiety for our members. We raised concerns about the manner in which the review has been conducted and in particular whether the views of those working in regional offices had been obtained.

We were told the outcomes of the review should be communicated by June 2017. The PSA sought and obtained an assurance no-one will lose their position as a consequence of this review. We will continue to ensure the PSA will be consulted in relation to the recommendations made by the review and any proposed implementation, and we will need to get input from our members for this.

If you work in the Administrative Support area, it is important you are involved. So if you are interested in being a PSA delegate or contact for your office, please email bmckenzie@psa.asn.au.

Vicarious trauma

Legal Aid lawyers and support staff often have to deal with material that is confronting and traumatic. Without the appropriate systems to manage this, lawyers can suffer vicarious trauma that will have an ongoing effect on their careers and their health. The PSA took a proactive approach by organising training for our members in April.  We were also delighted that the CEO was able to attend.

We are now seeking an appropriate and holistic organisational response from Legal Aid about this issue. At the PCC, we asked that it is given priority for the new Wellbeing Project Officer to develop a policy to minimise the risk of vicarious trauma and to support members who have been impacted by it. We will continue to push this issue and will keep our members informed.

https://psa.asn.au/update-your-details/

What can you do?

Give a copy of this bulletin to your colleagues.

Print this bulletin and put it up on your notice board.

Ask a colleague to join the PSA.

Get involved as your Area Contact.

Get involved by being on the Legal Aid DC

Attend a meeting at your worksite.

 

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