Legal Aid – Your rights in the Union - Public Service Association

Legal Aid – Your rights in the Union

Legal Aid – Your rights in the Union – July 2018 (PDF version)

Being a union member brings a number of benefits, not only collective action and individual support, but your Award also lists a variety of entitlements that you can have access to as soon as you join up!

Special Leave

As a member of the PSA you are entitled for special leave (which is leave on top of your other leave (family leave, study leave, sick leave, etc.,) that is specifically for union business.

You’re able to attend any accredited WHS courses (which the PSA does provide) under the negotiation of local arrangement – this can be done with the help of the PSA, so just give us a ring if you’re interested, or contact your delegate.

You’re also able to receive up to 12 working days over a period of 2 years to attend a PSA training course. We have a variety of different ones which may be of interest to you, which you can find HERE.


As a union member you have the right to be consulted on any major changes in your office (including policy), as well as technological changes. If you’ve noticed this hasn’t happened, contact the Member Support Centre on 1300 772 679 or email .

On top of all of this, if you are an elected delegate to the DC you are entitled to the following:

Release from duty

If you are to partake in any union business such as:-

  • Attending WHS Committee meetings
  • Attending meeting with management (or their representation)
  • Being a part of an induction meeting
  • Distributing official union material
  • Preparation time for all of the above

You will be released from duty, but regarded to be on duty, so you will still get paid for your time.

Special Leave for Delegates

As a delegate you also receive Special leave to attend the Annual PSA Conference, Meetings with the Departmental Committee, Unions NSW and ACTU conferences, to give evidence before any Industrial Tribunal as a witness for the PSA and travel time to all of the above.

Access to Facilities

As a delegate you also have access to phone, fax, internet and email facilities, access to the work notice board to post PSA materials, as well as meeting facilities.

Elections are still open to become a Legal Aid DC delegate, so if you’re interested please don’t hesitate to apply via the link found HERE.

If you have any other questions about your rights and entitlements under the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award, please contact the PSA –

Member Support Centre: 1300 772 679

Monika Wunderlin, Industrial Officer:

Kirra Jackson, Organiser:

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