Women’s Council

History

More than 80 years ago, a new clause was inserted into the PSA Rules which continues to have a lasting effect on the union to this day. The clause established the PSA Women’s Auxiliary which is known today as the Women’s Council.

Women’s Council Committee is an advisory body to Central Council on issues affecting women members of the Association.

Council is made up of elected members along with female members of the Executive and Central Council.

Women’s Council and the PSA have had many successes over the years in improving the situation of women members.

Women’s Council has worked on issues around:

  • job security for women workers and the prevention of the casualisation of women’s work, and pay equity
  • ground-breaking workplace rights for victims of domestic violence
  • flexible work practices
  • purchased leave
  • paid lactation breaks for women
  • returning from maternity leave.
However, there is always more to do.

Elections

Elections for members of the steering committee (Women’s Council) shall be held every two years. The committee consists of 24 members, 12 of which are Central Councillors.

Meetings

In accordance with the PSA By-Laws Chapter G Women’s Council, as noted at PSA Executive 26 March 2018, the Women’s Council Committee shall meet in February, April, July, September and December. The meeting shall occur the Tuesday after a Central Council meeting held in February, April, July, September and December. Approval from the Association’s General Secretary is required for funding of additional meetings, or in accordance with PSA Rules.

 


Women’s Council Committee

WCC members can be found here