Every quarter, your elected NCDC delegates, along with PSA Industrial staff, meet with Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Executive and HR representatives to raise and progress issues on behalf of members in the NCDC Joint Consultative Committee (JCC).
The most recent JCC took place in February and included discussion of the following matters:
Mid North Coast Correctional Centre hostage situation
Assistant Commissioner Martin provided an update on the incident at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (MNCCC) in December 2020 and briefed the PSA on the steps being taken to review and mitigate risks. She also noted the professionalism and resilience of members through these challenging times in supporting each other. The PSA is involved with local delegates at MNCCC in addressing ongoing safety concerns and held all-member meetings on site on 11 February. The PSA has collated from members a detailed list of concerns and proposed mitigation strategies, which has been submitted to CSNSW.
There are a number of issues, including Award coverage, being progressed through the Group Director, Industries and Education with meetings taking place out of session. This item will remain on the JCC agenda to ensure those meetings are adequately progressing.
Inmate barber training
CSNSW is working on including a component of the barber training in the infection control course and will update the PSA at the next JCC.
The PSA sought clarification about when the supervision model will be rolled out. CSNSW advised a MOSP workshop will be held in March to determine timelines.
Psychologists – internships, pre-provisional psychologists, reclassification process
CSNSW advised that the Group Director, Offender Services & Programs intends to hold a workshop around these items in the north and south regions and will provide a presentation at the next JCC on the recruitment and reclassification process. The reclassification process was recently improved following PSA advocacy and work is being finalised to align the process with other areas of the DCJ cluster.
HIPU programs, SSIP, intervention pathways, Macquarie Group facilitation
This matter will remain on the agenda for the next JCC, with consultation meetings to take place out of session. A HIPU working party is being established to review program content, program schedules and current HIPU procedures to ensure they align with the workload model, and will include a PSA delegate representative.
Prison Bed Capacity Adjustment Program
Many centres have now had their final Prison Bed Capacity Adjustment Program (PBCAP) proposals endorsed at a local level and are moving into the implementation phase. The PSA has sought separate meetings out of session to discuss the impact of PBCAP on, respectively: Administration, Case Management, Offender Services and Programs, Education. These meetings will all take place in March.
Paperless warrant files
CSNSW advised this is still a work in progress and the current sponsor of this project has recently retired. The new program sponsor will be invited to provide updates to the PSA at the JCC when this progresses.
The next JCC meeting will take place in May. Members are encouraged to raise important collective matters they would like discussed through their NCDC delegates. If you are unsure who this is, please contact your PSA industrial staff below.
For any individual matter, please contact the Member Support Centre on 1300 772 679.
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