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    Standing together

        The PSA has launched a significant            beyond election promises of extra funding for
     new advertising campaign to highlight
     the value and extensive role of the public
     sector in providing vital services to our
                                                      health, education and law and order.
                                                          The PSA welcomed the Treasurer’s desire
                                                      to provide extra funds to these vital areas.
                                                                                                              PSA lodges new EB
     community (for full details on the
     campaign, see page 4).
         This follows in the wake of various State
     Government statements – notably the review
                                                          However, we also expect the State
                                                      Government to keep all of its election
                                                      promises. Key among those was a
                                                      commitment to improve public services and
                                                                                                              claim for members
     of public sector expenditure and offering of     keep public sector jobs.                                   The Public Service Association has            available under WorkChoices, so the need to
     targeted voluntary separation packages to 390        In public statements, the PSA has                   lodged its Enterprise Bargaining Claim           secure a successful negotiated outcome for
     redeployees.                                     reminded the community and the State                    2006 on behalf of members.                       members has been heightened.
         The PSA has been consistent and firm in      Government of those promises.
                                                                                                                It applies to all members covered by the           With this in mind, the PSA has presented
     response to these statements.                        We pointed back to recent research                                                                   a clearly defined and reasonable claim
                                                      commissioned by the PSA which identified an             SA Government (Public Sector Salaried
         In regard to the TVSPs, the PSA clearly                                                              Employees) Arbitrated Enterprise Bargaining      covering salary, conditions of employment,
     responded, directly to the Minister and          ageing public sector workforce and a clear                                                               structural adjustment and classifications.
                                                      need to recruit and retain staff for the future.        Award 2004.
     through public statements in the media, that                                                                                                                  The details of each of these claims were
     these were considered poor policy.                   And we sought new research to clearly                  This new claim has had to take into
                                                                                                              account the new world created by the Federal     developed in a series of meetings with
         At a time when members in most agencies      demonstrate the healthy state of our economy                                                             members. Members recognised the need to
                                                      and the existing skills and staff shortage              Government’s WorkChoices legislation.
     are experiencing workload problems and                                                                                                                    present a simpler document that addressed
     skills shortages, a TVSP proposal to pay         within the public sector (full details pages 4 to 6).       This legislation means that some members     both an adequate financial reward and
     workers to leave employment is a waste of            We also surveyed members to identify                may be covered by State legislation and others   structural change to improve conditions and
     public money.                                    areas of staff shortages and the inevitable             by Federal Industrial Relations legislation,     remuneration for members.
         A program to place redeployees in areas of   consequences on workloads and service delivery.         creating uncertainty.
                                                                                                                                                                   In the claim, the PSA acknowledged the
     identified staff shortages would be a far more       The stark responses to that survey formed               The PSA is working to clear up this newly    State Government’s previous commitment to
     appropriate use of funding.                      part of our formal submission to the                    complicated framework – for example, by          maintain job security and existing conditions.
         In response to Treasurer Kevin Foley’s       Treasurer’s review.                                     discussing with the Government the need to
                                                                                                              ensure health employees are part of the State        The State Government has also
     announcement that he was bringing in an              That submission also points to a range of
                                                                                                              system.                                          guaranteed it will continue to negotiate
     outside former Federal treasury advisor to       ways in which the PSA, and its members,
                                                                                                                                                               collective agreements, and members will have
     review government expenditure, the PSA has       believe the form and function of the public                The new system has also required a new        access to trade union training leave and other
     been similarly straightforward.                  sector could be revised and reinvigorated               approach to bargaining methods and               entitlements.
         In his announcement, the Treasurer said                                                              negotiations. Arbitration is no longer
     he needed to find extra public funds to go                                  Continued page 4                                                                                     Continued page 3

      Workers                                                            Public                                                          PSA
      rally                                                              Sector                                                          rocked
      against                                                            reform                                                          by city
      IR laws                                                            urged                                                           blast
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     Secretary’s Column                                                                                        President’s Column

                                                          Jobs and                                                                                          PS doesn’t need
                                                          services                                                                                          reform – outdated
                                                                                                                                                            systems need
                                                          promises                                                                                          fixing
                                                          By Jan McMahon                                                                                     By Lindsay Oxlad

                        he future for workers                     looking at significant expenditure

                                                                                                                                 ublic sector workers in South        workloads and antiquated ICT systems that fail to
                        around Australia is under a               reductions which means already stretched                       Australia have endured two           make it easier for them to do their jobs
                        significant cloud as the                  community services will suffer further.                        decades of downsizing, two           properly.
                        Federal       Government's                                                                               decades of privatisation and              The shortcomings of the Human Resource
                                                                     On top of that we now have the                              outsourcing, four decades of         and finance systems used by agencies are well
                        WorkChoices legislation                                                                                  constant reform, four decades        known as are the deficiencies of the ICT systems
                        takes effect.                             Government reviewing the role of the                           of increasing workloads and          and applications in Health and DAIS (to mention
                                                                  Public Sector through the Public Reform      continual public sector bashing by both sides of       two major areas) that are in urgent need of
        Fundamental principles such as                            Commission chaired by Wayne Goss             politics.                                              modernising. The Land Titles system for
     security of employment, genuine                              which will further place the public sector       While the Government’s assurance that there        example should be classified as a heritage item,
                                                                                                               would not be job cuts was welcomed when it             allowed to retire with dignity and replaced with a
     minimum standards underpinned by                             and agency budgets under the spotlight.      announced the creation of the Government               more modern, efficient and reliable system based
     Awards and a fair wage are all at                                                                         Reform Commission to review the public                 on current technology not a legacy of the past.
     significant risk for most workers as we see                     In all our dealings with the State        sector, the review itself was viewed with                   It is also well known that many “business
                                                                  Government, we have given them the           scepticism, particularly given the inclusion of a      critical” ICT systems and applications currently
     a move to individual contracts rather than                                                                review of the Public Sector Management Act.
                                                                  opportunity to keep their promises, while                                                           in use by agencies are based on software that was
     collective enterprise agreements.                                                                             The unanswered question of course in all this      written for the computing environment that
                                                                  reminding them what they have promised,      is what exactly is wrong with the public sector, its   existed in the 1950s and 1960s. While many have
        The PSA was able to secure a                              not just us, but all of the people in this   employees, its processes, its structure and its        been installed on the newer personal computers
     commitment from the State Government                         State, during the last election.             legislative underpinnings that clearly indicate        operating under the latest operating systems,
     before the last election to maintain current                                                              that reform of one or more of them is required.        because of their origins they cannot take full
                                                                     They have promised us all they won't          Calls for public sector reform always seem to      advantage of the new technology available on
     conditions and to preserve collective                                                                     be long on rhetoric and short on detail and hard       modern computers nor do they take advantage of
     bargaining,       effectively      rejecting                 cut public sector jobs, job security or                                                             the processing capabilities of such machines.
                                                                                                               evidence that backs them up. A lot like calls for
     Australian Workplace Agreements.                             reduce services.                             Parliamentary reform.                                       Given these hindrances it is little wonder that
                                                                                                                   Public sector workers have witnessed               public sector workers cannot perform their jobs

        This achievement is significant as                                 he Council of the PSA has           countless reforms over the past thirty years, from     well and effectively meet the challenges faced
                                                                           recognised the environment that     management by objectives to reinventing                today serving a community that expects a higher
     thousands of PSA members are protected                                                                                                                           standard of service from the public sector
                                                                           members are in and the scrutiny     government, to the adoption of balanced
     from the harsh realities of WorkChoices.                                                                  scorecards, to “A Bias for Yes”, total quality         (mental health being a classic example of an area
                                                                           and pressure the coming months      management,         downsizing       via    TVSPs,     in crisis).

        Despite this achievement, this is still                   will bring. Various strategies have been     privatisation and outsourcing, the 2002 Fahey                       here is no denying that the cumulative
     no time to be complacent as the PSA                          developed to deal with this. This will       report, the 2002 review by the Economic                             impact of downsizing has resulted in
                                                                                                               Development Board, the 2003 Menadue                                 unsustainable workloads for those
     continues the campaign to secure and                         include     establishing      the   facts,   generational health review, the 2004 Speakman-                      who remain and chronic skill
     improve conditions of employment, as                         documenting areas which are already          Payze report and the current expenditure review                     shortages in agencies that have a
     well as protect public sector jobs and                       under-resourced and at risk, promoting the   by former Commonwealth Treasury official Greg          critically important role in delivering the
                                                                                                               Smith. These in addition to the internal reviews       Government’s policy priorities.
     important community services.                                value of the work of PSA members and         and reforms initiated by agencies themselves that           If the Government Reform Commission
                                                                  meeting with members and Worksite            seemed to be more interested in embracing the          identifies the changes needed to the antiquated
        This includes lodging the PSA's 2006                      Representatives to prepare for future        latest management fad promoted by willing              systems used by agencies and maps out a reform
     Enterprise Bargaining claim with                             campaigns.                                   consultants than in achieving lasting                  agenda to address those shortcomings it will have
     Government in order to provide enhanced                                                                   improvements to their operations.                      done a worthwhile and successful job – one that
     conditions of employment and a fair                             The PSA will continue to look after           We have seen efforts to open government and        will yield sustainable improvements in efficiency
                                                                                                               efforts to close it, efforts to liberate government    and effectiveness over the long term.
     wages outcome for members.                                   members' interests in this difficult         from needless paperwork and efforts to impose               Given the right tools, technologies, training
                                                                  environment, and will involve members        new reporting requirements, none of which has          and structures and talented, highly motivated and
        The PSA has also commenced a public                       throughout the process. There are no quick   made it any easier for public sector workers to        valued staff, the South Australian public sector
     and community campaign highlighting the                                                                   perform their jobs well and provide higher levels      has the potential to be the best but only if the
                                                                  solutions, but the PSA will be there for     of service to the community.
     value of the work done by PSA members                                                                                                                            Government invests the time and effort to bring
                                                                  members.                                         We have seen processes “reformed” so that          about sustainable improvements.
     in the light of the Treasurer's review of                                                                 they no longer work.                                        The Government’s commitment to
     Agency Budgets. While the outcome is not                                                                      Over this period public sector workers have        re-invigorate and re-build the public sector
     yet known, it is clear that Agencies are                                                                  endured almost non-stop bureaucrat bashing             is a step in the right direction.
                                                                                                               (from both sides of politics), steadily increasing

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                    WorkChoices rally – Your rights, they’re wrong!
                                                                                                  New EB
                                                                                                  claim lodged
                                                                                                  Continued from page 1
                                                                                                      The claim has also been prepared in a way to
                                                                                                  make it suitable for both State and Federal
                                                                                                      Structural adjustments have also been raised
                                                                                                  in the claim.
                                                                                                      This recognises that recruitment and retention
                                                                                                  are serious issues in several membership areas
                                                                                                  arising from structural and organisational
                                                                                                     The claim makes it clear that any EB outcome
                                                                                                  should not preclude future structural and/or
                                                                                                  organisational changes.
                                                                                                      The PSA believes this claim is reasonable and
                                                                                                  will vigorously pursue its ratification on all
                                                                                                      The claim clearly reflects the needs of PSA
                                                                                                  members, who require a fair wages outcome, job
                                                                                                  security and protection of current entitlements,
                                                                                                  together with appropriate outcomes in respect to
                                                                                                  issues of direct concern.
                                                                                                     The PSA will present this view to
                                                                                                  Government in all future negotiations.

                                                                                                  What’s in the EB
                                                                                                      The new EB claim seeks a 5% p.a.
                                                                                                  increase (1 October 2006/2007/2008) for the
                                                                                                  three year agreement.
                                                                                                      It protects all existing conditions while also

     PSA protests against new IR laws                                                             seeking:
                                                                                                  • 14 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave;
                                                                                                  • overtime to be paid if no break after 5 hours
         The Howard Government’s “back               – whether they think they are directly       • improved study leave provisions;
     to the future” style industrial laws –          affected by these new laws or not – the      • higher duties allowance payment for all
     ironically entitled WorkChoices – were          inevitable erosion of workplace conditions       periods of acting;
                                                     which will flow to all members of our        • regional specific improvements to attract new
     vocally protested against during a              community.                                       staff and retain local residents.
     week of union and community action                  Among the most draconian of the              In terms of classifications, more flexibility
     in late June and early July.                    impacts are:                                 has been sought to assist in recruitment and
          This short-sighted reversal of decades     • Removal of protection from unfair          retention of staff.
     of industrial policy has raised blood               dismissal for millions of workers;       This includes:
     temperatures to boiling point in work           • The stripping back of hard-won award       • Automatic progression – merging the base
     places around the nation – and prompted             conditions;
     the Federal Opposition to promise to throw                                                       and next level, with a test process rather than
                                                     • Easier cutting of penalty rates,               promotion, to advance (e.g. PSO1 and PSO2
     them back into the time warp they emerged           overtime pay, holiday loadings and
     from at the next election.                                                                       into a single level as well as ASO1 and
                                                         public holidays;
          The week of action included protest        • Reduction of the powers of the
     rallies around the nation on June 28.                                                        • Introducing an “expert” concept within roles
                                                         Industrial Relations Commission;
                                                                                                      to allow for a new salary level above the
          In Adelaide, workers, community            • Making it easier to force workers onto
     members and unions joined forces to voice           individual contracts which undercut
                                                         pay and employment conditions.           • Introducing career pathways and structure to
     their concerns at a large lunchtime
     gathering in Victoria Square, as well as                                                         allow promotion/allowance to the next grade;
                                                         Employees and unions have negotiated     • Reducing the number of incremental steps
     rallies outside Federal Liberal MP’s            hard for decades to protect and preserve
     offices.                                                                                         within classifications;
                                                     working rights and conditions – now
                                                     savagely undermined with the stroke of a     • Varying Professionals’commencing salary to
          PSA officials and members supported
     the rally in Victoria Square to highlight the   pen by the Howard Government.                    recognise the type or number of degrees or
     appalling impact of this anti-worker                                                             qualifications held.
                                                         None of us can afford to be              Full details of the Enterprise Bargaining Claim
     legislation.                                    complacent. All of our rights at work are
                                                                                                      2006 are availavle on the PSA website.
          The PSA urges all members to consider      worth fighting for.

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     PSA presents                                                                                           High-impact billboard
                                                                                                            campaign launched
     report to                                                                                                 The Public Service Association
                                                                                                            unveiled the first phase of a significant
                                                                                                                                                              our community has for good people providing
                                                                                                                                                              essential public services.”

                                                                                                            new advertising campaign on June 16 to               Ms McMahon said a recent survey of
                                                                                                            highlight the value of public sector              members had revealed many departments and
                                                                                                            workers to our State.                             agencies were significantly understaffed.
                                                                                                                Launching the $50,000 billboard                   “Public sector workers are, in a huge range
                                                                                                            advertising blitz at a media conference, PSA      of areas, understaffed and poorly resourced,”

     on public
                                                                                                            General Secretary Jan McMahon said: “This         she said.
                                                                                                            first stage of our advertising campaign aims to
                                                                                                            highlight the enormous value of the work             “They are often having to do large
                                                                                                            performed by our public sector workforce.         amounts of overtime, frequently unpaid, to
                                                                                                                                                              keep on providing the level of service our
                                                                                                                “It shows, in eight separate billboards
                                                                                                                                                              community expects and deserves.

     sector reform
                                                                                                            displayed prominently on major roads, various
                                                                                                            key aspects of that work.                            “We hope, as the Treasurer, Kevin Foley,
                                                                                                                “The billboards show a representative         prepares his budget and reviews public
                                                                                                            range of public sector workers including park     spending, that he listens and understands the
                                                                                                            rangers, school services officers and             enormous pressure the public sector is already
                                                                                                            educational professionals, health workers,        under.
        The State Government invited the                     “While there may be intent for example to
                                                         increase health funding as a result of election    public housing officers, court staff and
     PSA to put forward submissions as part                                                                                                                       “He needs to value the excellent work
                                                         promises or the expenditure review, there are      correctional services officers.                   people like those displayed on our billboards
     of its review into public sector
                                                         questions about how this funding increase will        “In this environment it is vital for           perform for us all, often under very difficult
     expenditure.                                        impact across the broader health workforce
         In response, the PSA commissioned                                                                  Government to understand the critical need        and at times dangerous circumstances.”
                                                         and how other jurisdictions are to continue to
     research and sought members’ views, as              function unless there are considerable
     reported in other stories on these pages.           changes to how work is done and indeed in
         Additionally, it presented a significant        some cases whether or not some services
     report on public sector management and              continue.”
     reform issues to Minister Jay Weatherill in his         Workforce planning is critical to the future
     new role as Minister assisting the Premier in       viability of the public sector – given existing
     Public Sector Management.                           staff and recruitment issues and an ageing
         His brief is to deliver major change            workforce.
     directed at ensuring our State has the best
     possible public sector. He has previously
     indicated to the PSA that he is not looking to
     create a smaller public sector, but a more
     dynamic one, and he welcomed the PSA                   What the report
     putting forward agenda items for
                                                            has recommended
         This report was intended to present                n Each CEO be responsible for
     positive opportunities for the State                       developing a workforce plan;
     Government to improve the way in which the             n Government invest in a 5 year program          Right: An ad
     public sector is currently administered,                   to upgrade technology systems;               being shot at
     resulting in improved efficiency and better            n A regional employment impact                   the RAH
     services.                                                  assessment be undertaken for any
         It takes a wide-ranging and forward-                   intended cuts to services from regions;      Below: One of
     looking approach, in contrast to previous              n That the long term impacts of cutting          the ads on
     State and Federal Government public sector                 any infrastructure or asset maintenance      site
     actions which have adopted a “cut the budget               programs be assessed in relation to
     first, ask questions later” style.                         potential efficiency cuts in these areas;
         The report also notes other previous               n The Commissioner for Public
     undertakings from the Government to the                    Employment be funded to develop and
     PSA prior to the March State election                      maintain cross agency training
     safeguarding the public sector, and that the               programs;
     Premier had written to the PSA committing to
                                                            n An impact statement be prepared for
     rebuilding and rejuvenating the public sector.
                                                                any recommended “cut” including the
     Issues addressed in the report included:                   economic and social impact on
     • Improving the “silo” mentality of                        community members and the ability of
         individual agencies which compete for                  Ministers and agencies to maintain
         resources;                                             legislative compliance.
     • Streamlining the delivery of services to             The full text of this extensive report can be
         single recipients where more than one              found on the PSA website.
         agency is involved;
     • Addressing the skills mix of the public
         sector, including skills shortage areas;
     • Addressing the issue of the ageing public         Encouraging mobility
         sector workforce and the implications of            Encouraging mobility across the public
         this including retention of skilled and
         experienced employees;
     • Improving mobility of employees,
         between agencies and also through the
                                                         sector will also contribute to reducing the
                                                         “silo” mentality of departments where there is
                                                         fierce competition for resources.
                                                             “Currently mobility is limited by different
                                                                                                            Increased funding
                                                                                                            needed for public sector
         classification structure, thus improving        employment conditions within agencies and
         career development opportunities;               units across the public sector,” the report
     • Examination of areas currently under              notes.
         resourced resulting in increased                      “This matter should be rectified by
         workloads and long waiting lists.               bringing health and the broader public sector
         The report states: “There is considerable                                                                                                            other similarly vital services which are
                                                         together under a uniform set of employment          Continued from page 1                            already groaning under the strain of public
     concern about the impact which further              conditions but with the proviso that
     budget cuts might have on already stretched                                                            through positive active measures rather than      demand and lack of resources.
                                                         employment conditions are maintained for           simple old fashioned razor sharpening.
     services.                                           various groups within the proposed changes.”                                                             We expect the State Government to
         “In some areas there is concern that either                                                            In summary, the PSA has clearly               properly fund these services and our current
                                                             Proper recognition of the work performed
     the legal requirements of government or that        by public sector workers is also sought. A         demonstrated to government the good state of      advertising campaign highlights the value of
     the Government’s State Strategic Plan targets       system of awards for excellence within the         our economy, the existing skills shortage and     the full range of such service providers.
     are at risk of not being met.                       public sector is suggested.                        high level of work pressures within the public        This State cannot afford significant cuts to
         “What is most important to consider in              In its concluding recommendations, the         sector and the need for some greater flexibili-   public expenditure in the Treasurer’s
     relation to public sector reform perhaps, are       report says: “Government must carefully            ty within the framework of the sector overall.    September budget.
     not the issues themselves (although they are        consider the notion of false economy in                Greater expenditure in some vital areas of        The PSA is willing to commit
     important) but the patterns that have been          whatever cuts it makes so that changes to          the public sector – namely schools, hospital      significant future resources and funding to
     maintained over some period now, and the            strategy, structures and staffing do not put at    and law and order – are welcomed and much         ensure election promises are kept, and the
     capacity of staff to be continuously resilient in   risk the State’s wellbeing in the medium and       needed.                                           public sector is properly funded to continue to
     the face of some of these circumstances.            longer term.”                                          But they cannot come at the expense of        work for all South Australians.
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                                                                                                                                                        PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 P5

                                                                                                                                                    cutsThe PSA commissioned Dr Luke
                                                                                                                                                    Faulkner of the School of Management at the
                                                                                                                                                    University of South Australia to investigate
                                                                                                                                                    skills shortages within the public sector and
                                                                                                                                                    the State generally.
                                                                                                                                                        The report aimed to identify occupational
                                                                                                                                                    categories lacking staff throughout the public sector.
                                                                                                                                                        It was based on a literature review (to put the
                                                                                                                                                    results into a national and global framework),
                                                                                                                                                    public sector staff questionnaire results and
                                                                                                                                                    interviews with a number of human resources
                                                                                                                                                        The report notes Australia faces a severe skill
                                                                                                                                                    shortage in coming years largely as a result of an
                                                                                                                                                    ageing workforce.
                                                                                                                                                        This was particularly true in South Australia
                                                                                                                                                    with evidence of existing skills shortages in a
                                                                                                                                                    number of occupations, industries and regions.
                                                                                                                                                        The fact we have the oldest population in
                                                                                                                                                    Australia means our workforce will look very
                                                                                                                                                    different in 10 to 20 years time with one third of
                                                                                                                                                    the State’s current workforce approaching
                                                                                                                                                    retirement within a decade.
      Allied health workers were one of the featured areas of the billboard campaign showing professionals                                              “Failure to address these issues now, and into
                                                                                                                                                    the future, will result in a workforce vulnerable to
                                                                                                                                                    the effect of skill shortages, poaching of workers
                                                                                                                                                    and wage volatility,” the report states.
                                                                                                                                                        “Most developed economies will experience

     Former Queensland                                                                                                                              similar changes leading to the continued loss of
                                                                                                                                                    skilled people interstate and overseas.”
                                                                                                                                                        Skills shortages lead to a number of negative
                                                                                                                                                    impacts – including involuntary overtime, the
                                                                                                                                                    inefficient use of workers and equipment and
                                                                                                                                                    ultimately lower real output and worker

     Premier to examine                                                                                                                                 Numerous areas identified by public sector
                                                                                                                                                    staff where such skills shortages are already
                                                                                                                                                    obvious included: social workers, speech
                                                                                                                                                    therapists/pathologists, occupational therapists,
                                                                                                                                                    correctional officers, psychologists, community
                                                                                                                                                    service and youth workers, guidance officers,
                                                                                                                                                    magistrate’s clerks, court reporters, administrative

     public sector
                                                                                                                                                    staff, engineering project officers and specialized
                                                                                                                                                    scientific positions.
                                                                                                                                                        The consequences of this lack of staff
                                                                                                                                                    included increased workplace injuries due to
                                                                                                                                                    higher pressure and workloads plus heightened
                                                                                                                                                    stress levels and poor morale.
                                                                                                                                                        The impact on our community – due to the
                                                                                                                                                    inability of overworked public sector workers to
       Former Queensland Premier                    red-tape and a more flexible, skilled and           Ms McMahon said the PSA was                 meet demand – is equally concerning and puts
     Wayne Goss has been appointed                  responsive public sector”.                      concerned that the Commission was directed      vulnerable people at risk.
                                                                                                    to review the Public Sector Management Act          Solutions suggested by staff involved
     Chair of the newly formed                          The PSA was advised of the establish-       (1995).                                         benchmarking public sector remuneration to the
     Government Reform Commission.                  ment of the new Commission in a meeting                                                         private sector to make the public sector more
                                                    with Minister Weatherill and Mr Goss                “The PSA will ensure any review of the      financially attractive to potential recruits and
         The Commission was announced by                                                                                                            improving conditions of employment for staff
                                                    attended by PSA General Secretary Jan           Act does not erode workplace terms and
     Minister Jay Weatherill, who said its agenda                                                                                                   working in remote regions.
                                                    McMahon and PSA President Lindsay               conditions of employment, or compromise
     was to improve public sector performance                                                                                                           Retraining staff was also seen as a significant
                                                    Oxlad.                                          service delivery,” she said.
     and achieve targets of South Australia’s                                                                                                       issue, as was the poor reputation of some agencies
     Strategic Plan.                                    The PSA sought assurances the                                                               and overly complex job specifications.
                                                                                                        “The PSA is pleased the Government is
                                                    Commission would not cut jobs, implement                                                        In summary, the report found:
         Joining Mr Goss on the Commission are:                                                     taking seriously issues the PSA has raised      • There is difficulty in recruiting and retaining
                                                    change which affected job security, or create   over a number of years about the structure of
     Nick Rowley, former Senior Policy Adviser                                                                                                          employees within the public sector;
                                                    recommendations which caused service cuts.      the public sector.                              • The most common reason put forward for the
     to British PM Tony Blair; Warren McCann,
     Chief Executive of the South Australian                                                                                                            difficulty in filling positions was low
                                                        “In our meeting, Minister Weatherill                                                            remuneration;
     Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Sue                                                         “The PSA, and our members, have been
                                                    categorically stated job security is                                                            • Lack of staff results in delays in provision of
     Vardon, Chief Executive of the South                                                           saying for a long time that service delivery
                                                    guaranteed in the public sector,”                                                                   goods and services to the public which again
     Australian Department for Families and                                                         and efficiency could be improved by some of         results in increased pressure on existing staff.
                                                    Ms McMahon said after the meeting.
     Communities.                                                                                   the measures this new Government Reform             “One of the objectives of the SA Strategic
                                                        “And there will be no service cuts and no   Commission will examine. Many of the            Plan was to ensure South Australia has enough
         Minister    Weatherill      said     the   job cuts. He stated again all pre-election      things it will look at are our suggestions.     skilled workers,” the report concludes.
     Commissioners would “play a key role in        promises to that effect by the Treasurer and                                                        “According to the findings, it doesn’t seem
     driving the Government’s reform agenda,        the Premier will be kept.”                          “We will ensure the PSA is heavily          that the South Australian Government at present is
     which will result in better services for the                                                   involved and properly resourced to assist the   fulfilling the SA Strategic Plan in rectifying the
     community, more streamlined processes, less                                                    Commission and protect our members.”            problems of skill shortages.”
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     Housing, disability shake-up
        The State Government has
     announced significant structural
     changes to the areas of housing and
     disability services.
         These changes have raised concerns for
     many members, which are being addressed by
     the PSA.
        In his announcement, Minister Jay
     Weatherill defined the reform as “a
     generational change in the way services are
     administered, governed and delivered”.
         He said new “one stop shops” were being
        The SA Housing Trust would continue               Children, Youth and Family Services have               Some staff will have to move offices and    Reform Taskforce, chaired by Sue Grafter, the
     with a new role as a high needs housing           concurrently been renamed Families SA.                some places of work will be shut as services    Disability Reform HR Taskforce and the
     provider, while a new Affordable Housing                                                                are integrated.                                 Housing Reform HR Taskforce, both chaired
                                                           The changes have considerable impacts on                                                          by Natalie Hamood.
     Trust would be created.                                                                                     The PSA has been working to ensure all
                                                       the way the departments are structured.
         People needing housing services would                                                               issues and concerns arising from these
                                                          Immediate reporting lines have changed in                                                               Matters under discussion include: human
     get them from newly created Housing SA                                                                  reforms are addressed and/or resolved
                                                       many instances, and the Minister admitted                                                             resources principles for transition; industrial
     offices.                                                                                                promptly.
                                                       when structures were finalized there may be                                                           implications; transitional arrangements for
         Similarly, people seeking disability          excess positions.                                        The PSA has representation on the            filling       vacancies;        redeployment
     assistance would get them from newly created                                                            Disability Services Reform Taskforce, chaired   arrangements;      training     requirements;
     Disability Services SA.                                                                                 by Robbi Williams, the Housing Services         workforce planning and FBT issues.

     Regional concerns raised Universities,
        Regional members have voiced their                Regional members often feel more                      “People can feel isolated and out of the
                                                                                                                                                             SA Water
     ongoing concerns and needs at a series of         vulnerable than their city counterparts –             loop.”
     meetings with PSA staff.
         A recent meeting of TAFE staff at Kadina,
                                                       because of a lack of employment and
                                                       promotion opportunities.                                  The PSA’s new Enterprise Bargaining
                                                                                                             claim addresses these issues.
                                                                                                                                                             EB update
                                                           “It’s often forgotten that there is a real cost
     involving members from the copper triangle                                                                  It seeks to discuss regional specific          Intensive Enterprise Bargaining
                                                       to work in regional communities,”
     towns, gave further insight into the particular                                                         improvements to attract new staff and retain
     needs of non-metropolitian workers.                                                                                                                     negotiations are continuing between the
                                                           “Food is often more expensive, as is              local residents.
                                                       petrol, and there’s no public transport, so                                                           PSA/CPSU and the three Universities –
         The impact of the new WorkChoices             there’s extra costs in running vehicles.                  Needs specific to regional members will     University of SA, Flinders University and
     legislation – not only on members, but on their                                                         be fully discussed in continuing negotiations
     friends and family – was spelled out by PSA .                                                           with Government.
                                                                                                                                                             Adelaide University.
                                                                                                                                                                 As required by the Federal Government’s
                                                                                                                                                             new WorkChoices legislation, the PSA/CPSU
                                                                                                                                                             collective agreement has to be “closed
       NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING                                             NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING                                         and comprehensive” – namely include all
        Community and Public Sector Union                                                  Public Service Association                                        industrial matters.

             (SPSF Group) SA Branch                                                     of South Australia Incorporated                                          This requires significant negotiation of
                                                                                                                                                             every detail – virtually nothing is “off the
          TIME: 12.30pm                                                                TIME:  12.45pm                                                            Despite this restrictive new regime
                                                                                                                                                             imposed by the Federal Government,
          DATE: Thursday, 31 August 2006                                               DATE:  Thursday, 31 August 2006                                       bargaining is progressing well and no recent
          VENUE: Jim Otte Room, PSA                                                    VENUE: Jim Otte Room, PSA                                             gains have been traded off.

                 2nd Floor, 122 Pirie Street                                                  2nd Floor, 122 Pirie Street                                    Salary increases currently on offer include:
                 Adelaide                                                                     Adelaide                                                       •   Adelaide University: 5% (9/6/07) plus 5%
                                                                                                                                                             •   University of SA: 4% (30/6/07) plus 4%
                                 AGENDA                                                                        AGENDA                                            (30/6/08) and 2% (1/1/09);
                                                                                                                                                             •   Flinders University: 4% (30/6/07) plus 4%
          1. Apologies                                                                 1. Apologies                                                              (30/6/08).
          2. Confirmation of Minutes of                                                2. Confirmation of Minutes of
                                                                                                                                                               These offers will be put to a ballot of
             Previous AGM                                                                 Previous AGM                                                       members.
          3. Annual Report                                                             3. Annual Report                                                          For members employed by SA Water, the
                                                                                                                                                             PSA has served a claim on SA Water for the
          4. Financial Statements                                                      4. Financial Statements                                               negotiation of a new Enterprise Agreement to
          5. Appointment of Auditors                                                   5. Appointment of Auditors                                            satisfy the requirements of WorkChoices.

          6. Meeting Close                                                             6. Life Memberships                                                       The claim’s minimum conditions include:
                                                                                                                                                             no loss of existing terms and conditions;
                                                                                       7. Meeting Close                                                      continuation of the “no forced redundancy
              Jan McMahon, Branch Secretary                                                                                                                  provisions”; wage and condition outcomes no
                                                                                           Jan McMahon, General Secretary                                    less than those obtained through the next
                                                                                                                                                             whole of Government Parity Enterprise
                                                                                                                                                             Agreement; the standardisation of terms and
                                                                                               A light lunch will be provided.                               conditions of employment to all SA Water
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                                                                                                                                                                PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06           P7

                                          All your superannuation news
     Super                                                                                                                    How super
     performance                                                                                                              changes will
                                   By Kevin Crawshaw
                 Former PSA General Secretary,Kevin Crawshaw,
                                                                                                                              affect you
          reflects on the performance that matters for PSA members.                                                              The Commonwealth Govern-                   will be taxed at the top marginal
                                                                                                                              ment proposed several changes to              tax rate.
        During my time as secretary of the Public                  up to 50% of their salary into superannuation. Now, I      the current superannuation
     Service Association, quite naturally, our main                know that with fuel prices and mortgages this is easier    system in the recent Budget.              Pension Scheme
     focus was on improvement in the wages and                     said than done, but given the tax advantages               These changes will take effect
                                                                   mentioned above, it really is worthwhile thinking                                                    •   Pension income received from
     conditions of our members. It was a time of                                                                              from 1 July 2007, subject to being            the Pension Scheme will continue
                                                                   about how to get as much as you possibly can into          passed by the Commonwealth
     major changes in the number and structure of                  super!
                                                                                                                                                                            to be taxed at the member’s
     awards and in the union movement itself.                                                                                 Parliament.                                   marginal tax rate. However, if the
                                                                                                                                                                            member is aged 60 or over they
         The superannuation guarantee levy had just been           Super Performance                                          The proposed changes will:
                                                                                                                                                                            will receive a 10% tax offset from
     introduced but at that time only around 30% of                                                                           – Simplify the way super benefits             1 July 2007.
     members were making voluntary contributions to                    Finally, we really do have a first-rate super scheme      are taxed
     superannuation. I can remember writing on more than                                                                                                                    Currently a member pays tax on
                                                                   – with great service from Super SA and great               – Reduce the amount of tax that               their pension income at marginal
     one occasion in the PS Review that the most effective         investment performance by Funds SA. As a member
     thing the PSA could do for the financial wellbeing of                                                                       people aged 60 and over pay on             tax rates less a deduction for
                                                                   of the Funds SA board for the past twelve years I have        their super benefits                       personal contributions. This
     our members would be to convince more of you to               been pleased to be part of a big turn-around in
     contribute to super and thereby pick up the                                                                                  The changes depend on the type            would continue to be the case for
                                                                   performance by Funds SA. Today it is a vastly                                                            members under age 60, but after
     government co-contribution.                                                                                              of benefit you receive on retirement.
                                                                   different organisation from the one that greeted me in                                                   age 60 they will receive a
        Well, as they say, there never was a better time           1994. Then it was inward looking and not performing        Specifically:
                                                                                                                                                                            10% tax offset in addition to
     than now! . . . and how is that?                              to benchmark. For many years now our performance           Triple S and Lump Sum Schemes                 the deduction for personal
         Well, for SA Public Servants, the answer is for           has been equal to or has exceeded our targets and we       • When a member of the Triple S or            contributions.
     three very good reasons. The first relates to the budget      can now stand proudly alongside the best super funds           Lump Sum scheme who is aged
                                                                   in Australia. For instance, the performance of the                                                       For example, it is proposed that
     measures announced by the federal government last                                                                            60 or over receives a lump sum            after age 60 a member with an
     month which will take effect in July 2007, the second         balanced product (to which most members belong)                super benefit, they will now pay
                                                                   was 16% per annum for the three-year period until 30                                                     assessable pension income of
     is the excellent salary sacrifice arrangements                                                                               15% tax on the post June 1983             $40,000 would have $4,000 to
     negotiated by the PSA several years ago and the third         May 2006. This is 1% above our internal benchmark              component of that benefit, for
                                                                   and an outstanding performance by any standard.                                                          offset against any tax payable. In
     has to do with the super performance of Funds SA.                                                                            amounts of up to $700,000.                other words, they will pay $4,000
     Tax benefits                                                                                                                 Amounts above this will be taxed          less tax.
                                                                       The take home message therefore is that if you             at the top marginal tax rate.
         From 1 July 2007, for retirees aged 60 plus there         aren’t already do yourself a big favour and start taking                                                If you are planning to retire
                                                                                                                                  Currently a member aged 60 or         before 1 July 2007 and/or before
     will be substantial tax benefits for all those who have       full advantage of superannuation!                              over would pay approximately          age 60, you may need to review
     contributed to superannuation. For those in taxed
                                                                                                                                  $43,000 in tax if receiving a         your retirement strategy and seek
     funds no tax will be payable, for our members                     Kevin Crawshaw served on the PSA Council from              $200,000 post June 83 amount.         professional financial advice.
     fortunate to belong to the pension scheme there will
                                                                   1980 until 1994, as President of the PSA from 1986             Under the proposed changes this
     be a tax off-set equal to 10% of the assessable income                                                                                                                 A detailed outline of the
                                                                   until 1988 and as General Secretary from 1988 until            tax bill would drop to about
     (reducing the tax payable by around 50% for many                                                                                                                   Commonwealth’s plans in relation to
                                                                   1992.                                                          $33,000.
     members) and for members of the lump sum and                                                                                                                       superannuation can be obtained on
     Triple S schemes lump sums will be taxed at 15 per                                                                       • However, if a member who is
                                                                                                                                                                        the following website:
     cent up to a total amount of $700,000. Amounts above              Since 1994 he has been the member-elected                  aged less than 60 receives a lump
                                                                   director of Funds SA. He will also be known to many            sum super benefit, they will still
     this threshold would be taxed at the top marginal tax
     rate. Super has never looked so good!                         members as the Chairperson of Savings and Loans                be taxed at the current rates on          More information will be posted
                                                                   Credit Union, which the PSA got on its feet way back           the post June 1983 component of       on the Super SA website
     Salary Sacrifice                                              in 1949 and as a Director of Health Partners, the              that benefit, for amounts of up to as it becomes
        Thanks to the great scheme negotiated by the PSA           Health Insurance Funds again founded by the PSA in             $700,000. Amounts above this          available.
     some time ago, all PSA members can salary sacrifice           1937. Kevin works for the new Country Health SA.

              1                             Make your super votes count                                                                                                                    1
                                                   SA Superannuation                                                                                       Funds SA
                                                   Board                                                                                                   Elections are to be held for Board positions with
                                                                                                                                                           Funds SA.
                                                   Elections are to be held for Board positions with the
                                                                                                                                                           The ballot will open on Friday 4 August 2006 and
                                                   South Australian Superannuation Board.
                                                                                                                                                           will close on Monday 28 August 2006.
                                                   The ballot will open on Friday 4 August 2006 and
                                                   will close on Monday 28 August 2006.                                                                    The State Electoral Office will mail ballot papers to
                                                                                                                                                           members' homes.
                                                   The State Electoral Office will mail ballot papers to
                                                   members' homes.                                                                                         All members eligible to do so are urged to vote in
                                                                                                                                                           these important elections.
                                                   All members eligible to do so are urged to vote in
                                                   these important elections.                                                                              You must put at least the number “1” next to a
                                                                                                                                                           candidate's name for your vote to count.
                                                   You must put at least the number “1” next to a
                                                   candidate's name for your vote to count.

        Jan McMahon                                                                                            Kevin Crawshaw
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              Pirie St explosion
                                                                                                                                                          PSA staff
                                                                                                                                                          arrive to
                                                                                                                                                          find major
                                                                                                                                                              The PSA building in Pirie Street has
                                                                                                                                                          been repaired after the early morning
                                                                                                                                                          explosion that extensively damaged the
                                                                                                                                                          building directly across the street.
                                                                                                                                                              Damage was sustained to the front of
                                                                                                                                                          the building from flying debris – includ-
                                                                                                                                                          ing a bar stool which shattered a first floor
                                                                                                                                                              Internal damage was not extensive.
                                                                                                                                                              Work was temporarily disrupted in the
                                                                                                                                                          building on the morning of the explosion
                                                                                                                                                          to ensure worker safety.
                                                                                                                                                              The PSA wishes to thank the large
                                                                                                                                                          number of members who voiced their con-
                                                                                                                                                          cern, through phone calls and emails, for
                                                                                                                                                          the safety of staff on the day of the

                                                                                                                                                          Top Left: The facade of the PSA building
                                                                                                                                                                    shows the impact.
                                                                                                                                                          Far left: The scene of the explosion as
                                                                                                                                                                    viewed from the PSA building.
                                                                                                                                                          Left:    PSA President Lindsay Oxlad
                                                                                                                                                                   and Assistant General Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                   Nev Kitchin inspect the damage.
                                                                                                                                                          Right:   The scene on Pirie Street as
                                                                                                                                                                   seen from the PSA foyer.

     PSA meets with                                                                                              Speed camera
     new transport CEO                                                                                           operators win
        The PSA has met with the new Chief                 from the eastern seaboard States.
     Executive for DTEI, Mr Jim Hallion.
         During the meeting, Mr Hallion advised PSA
     President Lindsay Oxlad of his plans to rejuvenate
                                                               To ensure the delivery of major infrastructure
                                                           projects within budget and on time, Mr Hallion
                                                           intends to implement the “Gateway Review
                                                                                                                 backpay victory
     and reinvigorate DTEI and his proposal to revise      Process” (adopted in the UK and Victoria) which
     the organisational structure for DTEI to enable it    subjects major infrastructure projects to more
     to better respond to the Government’s policy          rigorous control of costs and scope through the           Many members of the Traffic                SAPOL payroll has since been
     priorities.                                           use of regular peer reviews during critical stages                                                advised to determine the extent of
                                                           of the project.                                       Camera Unit (TCU) will be entitled to
         Mr Hallion stated he was impressed by the                                                                                                           underpayment for each individual
     dedication of DTEI staff and he sees it as his role       To ensure the efficient and cost effective        back pay for underpayment of penalty
                                                                                                                                                             member – likely to amount to several
     to enhance and improve the performance of the         delivery of major infrastructure projects in          rates after successful negotiations
     Department by improving existing structures and       accordance with the Government’s requirements,                                                    hundred dollars for longer serving
                                                           Mr Hallion will establish the Office of Major
                                                                                                                 conducted on their behalf by PSA            members.
     processes rather than implementing significant
     changes.                                              Projects and Infrastructure.                          representatives.
         He said the Government was concerned DTEI             He also foreshadowed a further review of                                                          The PSA is pleased this matter has
     was experiencing difficulty in delivering major       existing directorates to ensure that their business       The PSA advised the Commissioner        been resolved and will continue to work
     infrastructure projects on time and within budget.    operations effectively and efficiently deliver the    of Police members were not receiving        to ensure members receive their
        He said there was an urgent need to adopt and      Government’s and Minister’s policy priorities and     correct penalty rate payments for work
                                                           objectives.                                                                                       entitlements.
     implement new strategies and processes to                                                                   commenced prior to 7am.
     manage the commercial realities of delivering            The PSA will continue to discuss such
     major infrastructure projects in South Australia in   changes with members, and the department, to
     2006 and beyond due to the level of competition       ensure they are implemented appropriately.
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    rocks PSA building

     Mental health crisis continues                                                                                                                  Rangers seek
                                                                                                                                                     overtime for
     within correctional system                                                                                                                      fighting fires
                                                                                                                                                        The PSA has recently written to the Chief
         A new mental health awareness                 the people within the system are mentally     have committed crimes as a consequence
                                                       ill.                                          of their illness.”                              Executive of the Department for Environment and
     training package for correctional
                                                                                                                                                     Heritage regarding member concerns about
     services officers proposed by the                     “Our message to Government is that            The PSA is concerned the new                underpayment of overtime.
     Department is being assessed by PSA               these people shouldn’t be there,” she said.   Department package would impose health              These concerns were that, when Park Rangers worked
     representatives.                                                                                care professional responsibilities on           overtime fighting fires, the department was not paying the
                                                           “We simply don’t have the resources,      correctional services officers. The PSA         appropriate rate.
         The Department has put forward the            facilities or properly trained psychiatric    believes health care professionals should           Beyond midnight, the department ceased paying
     package suggestion as a means of                  staff to deal with them all.                  be the ones providing such care. Health         overtime and reverted to paying ordinary rates.
     “training” staff to recognise prisoners with
                                                           “In the Adelaide Remand Centre            care services should be provided by                 PSA representatives met with DEH reps to discuss
     mental illnesses.
                                                       alone, 70% of people are on anti-psychotic    qualified health care professionals and         these issues.
         However, the PSA and correctional             medication.                                   paid at a rate that recognises the level of         After considering the information provided by DEH,
     services staff are concerned that such                                                          responsibility.                                 the PSA was of the opinion that an Underpayment of
     steps do little to get to the root of the             “And it is not uncommon for people                                                        Wages could be pursued by the PSA on behalf of its
     problem – an overwhelming number of               who have committed no crime, and are              The assessment of the training              members.
     prisoners with mental illnesses, and lack         facing no charges, to be detained in          package, undertaken by worksite                     The PSA saw no reason why overtime payments for
     of resources to deal with them properly.          prisons under the Mental Health Act           representatives, will determine if it will be   often dangerous and exhausting fire fighting duties should
                                                       simply because there is nowhere else for      of any benefit to staff, or if it is another    be made at a lesser rate than any other required overtime.
         PSA Industrial Officer Margaret               them to go.                                   means of shifting the important                     The Department has sought further advice and is
     Jeffries said correctional services staff                                                       community issue of mental health into the       considering this matter. If unresolved the PSA will take
     were already aware a large proportion of             “Many others are there because they        corrections environment.                        up this matter formally.
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     Expert research shows                                                                                                                                               Committees
                                                                                                                                                                         to promote
     South Australian                                                                                                                                                    professionals
                                                                                                                                                                            Professional Industrial Committees

     economy is recovering                                                                                                                                               have been established and have commenced
                                                                                                                                                                         discussions on a range of areas covered by
                                                                                                                                                                         the Professional Division of the PSA.
                                                                                                                                                                             The purpose of the committees is to promote
                                                                                                                                                                         the status, qualifications and advancement of
                                                                                                                                                                         members. The committees are working on
                                                                                                                                                                         strategies to this effect.
        As part of its response to the                                                                                  prospect of a significant deterioration in
     Treasurer’s review of public spending                                                                              the national rate of economic growth, con-           A general meeting of the Professional

                                                                                                                                                                         Industrial Committee will also be called soon
     and public sector resourcing, the PSA                                                                              cede the need to maintain robust levels of       for other groups wanting to be involved.
     commissioned research on the state of                                                                              public sector activity, especially where
     our State’s economy.                                   Action must                                                 infrastructure spending and training can be
                                                                                                                                                                            As part of the services provided to
                                                                                                                                                                         Professional members, the PSA is conducting
         This study aimed to put any planned                                                                            directed to regions of high unemployment.”       specific reclassification courses tailored to the
     cuts or budget adjustments into the context                                                                             The report warns South Australian           PSO stream.
     of economic reality – examining any real               be taken to                                                 suffers especially from an unfavorable spa-          While the PSA is already pursuing
     pressures, rather than political desires, to                                                                       tial distribution of unemployment.               improvements to the PSO stream to enable
                                                                                                                                                                         progression - including through Enterprise
     reduce jobs and services.                                                                                              While the gap between SA and
        In recent ABC radio interviews, the                 address the                                                 Australian rates of youth employment has
                                                                                                                                                                         Bargaining - personal reclassification is still an
                                                                                                                                                                         avenue for members to demonstrate they may
     Premier, Mike Rann, said he considered                                                                             closed, it still remains at an unacceptably      already be working at a higher classification
     our economy to be “in good nick” and had                                                                           high rate nation-wide.
     “never been better”.                                   deteriorating                                                   The age profile of the Public Sector is
                                                                                                                                                                             The next courses are scheduled for 27
                                                                                                                                                                         September 2006 and 23 November 2006. Trade
         He said we would soon rival Western                                                                            also of enormous concern.                        union training leave is available for members to
     Australia as a mining power, and pointed                                                                                                                            attend these courses.
     towards significant new employment with-               PS age profile                                                  The report notes that years of low
                                                                                                                        recruitment activity have resulted in a              The courses provide a valuable opportunity

     in defence areas.                                                                                                  profile weighted towards older members of        to begin a personal reclassification application,
                                                                                                                                                                         or to continue to work on one, and have access
        He highlighted the State’s Triple-A                                                                             the workforce, who are obviously closer to       to advice, resources and information to improve
     credit rating as evidence things were going                                                                        the retirement age.                              the chances of success.
     well.                                                  – Dr James Juniper                                              An insufficient number of young                  One of the advantages of a personal
        The Premier’s view is reflected in this                                                                         workers is available both to replace retirees,   reclassification is the ability to access backpay
     report, prepared by Dr James Juniper, from                                                                         and to preserve the corporate memory of          if successful.
     the School of Economics, Politics and                ment and a healthy economic environment.                      the existing workforce.                              Members can email:
     Tourism at the University of Newcastle.                                                                                                                    for further information.
                                                              A budget in surplus is not the only                          The situation has worsened over the
                                                                                                                                                                             The Professional Division also held a
        It found there had been an economic               indicator of good financial management.                       past 5 years with the median age of the
                                                                                                                                                                         meeting on June 30 with a representative from
     recovery in South Australia during the first                                                                       workforce shifting outwards from 45 to 49,       the Office of Public Employment to discuss new
                                                              The report says the low spending of the
     term of the Rann Government.                                                                                       and to 53 in 2005.                               guidelines for industry posting – an initiative to
                                                          Federal Government was having negative
                                                                                                                                                                         assist mobility between the public sector and
        In that time, public sector debt was              impacts on unemployment which “can                               The report finds it is clear that “action
                                                                                                                                                                         other organisations.
     “severely reduced” in the bid to achieve a           obviously be compounded by actions taken                      must be taken to address the deteriorating
     Triple-A credit rating – and had quite               at a State level to preserve ongoing budget                   age profile in the South Australian Public
     possibly been reduced too far.                       surpluses in the interests of reducing                        Service”.
        Proper levels of Government spending              outstanding public debt”.                                        This cannot be achieved by job cuts,          Allied Health
     – on infrastructure and services – is needed           It recommends: “That the State                              caps or freezes.
     to stimulate growth and provide employ-              Government, in acknowledging the                                                                               key priority
                                                                                                                                                                             The PSA has highlighted important
                                                                                                                                                                         issues regarding allied health professionals

             Enjoy a PSA holiday home!                                                                                                                                   in a letter to the Health Minister.
                                                                                                                                                                             Following regular meetings with members,
                                                                                                                                                                         the PSA wrote to the Minister to alert him to the
                                                                                                                                                                         substantial undervaluing of allied health
                                                                                                                                                                         professionals and their unique skills base.
       All units are now equipped with colour television and airconditioning.                                                                                                As part of Enterprise Bargaining
          Standard week is 2pm Saturday until 10am the following Saturday.                                                                                               negotiations, the PSA will be seeking
                                                                                                                                                                         significant improvements for allied health
          Members are advised to vacate the units by 10am at the latest. Earliest arrival time                                                                           members      including    social   workers,
          is 2pm.This time will be used to prepare the unit for your arrival.                                                                                            occupational therapists, radiographers and
          It is the responsibility of the member to replace any damages/breakages                VACANCIES
                                                                                                                                                                            This follows in the wake of similar activities
          that occur.                                                                                                         Au g u s t   September   October           by the CPSU in Tasmania where a significant
                                                                                                 Glenelg                       1- 4          9 - 30     7 - 27           improvement in pay and conditions was
          Off-season rates do not apply should school holidays fall during this period.                                       12 - 18                                    achieved.
                                                                                                                              26 - 31                                        Recruitment of qualified staff remains a hot
          School holiday bookings are decided by ballot. You must apply in writing.
                                                                                                 K a n g a ro o I s l a n d   12 - 8                                     issue with many areas understaffed with
          The ballot closing dates are: Christmas holidays - 30 April; April holidays -                                                                                  resultant overwork by others, and poor morale.
          30 November; July holidays - 28 February; September holidays - 31 March.               M a n nu m                    1 - 11        1 - 22     1 - 31
                                                                                                                              26 - 31            30                          Salary also lags significantly behind that
                                                                                                                                                                         received by allied health workers in the private
          Cancellations. If cancelled one month before, full refund is given. If cancelled two   Pt Lincoln                          –        2 -15    14 - 31           sector, and those in similar roles in many other
          weeks before, half refund is given. If cancelled less than two weeks before, one       Pt V i n c e n t              1- 4          2 - 15     1 - 31           States.
          third refund is given.                                                                                              12 - 31                                        The PSA will continue to negotiate on
                                                                                                 Robe                          1 - 31        1 - 30     1 - 31           behalf of members to eliminate these
          FOR INFORMATION CALL 8205 3200 OR TOLL FREE 1800 811 457                                                                                                       discrepancies in pay and conditions, and seek
                                                                                                 G o o lw a                    5 - 31        9 - 22    14 - 31
                                                                                                                                                                         structural change which improves conditions
                                                                                                                                                                         for all.
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                                                                                                                                                                      PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06            P11


     FOR SALE                                                                 450 mm wide x 1210 mm high. $400 o.n.o.                                400 metres to the ocean, cafes and shops. Lock-up undercover
     Washing Machine - 5.5 kg Whirlpool automatic front loader in             Contact Dusty Goodluck on 0401 122 330 or 8303 0247.                   parking for two cars with remote control. Fully fenced rear garden.
     working condition - $200. Contact Helen on 0418 835 678.                                                                                        Small outdoor dogs permitted. Sleeps 6. Rates include linen. $110
                                                                              Baltic Pine Coffee Table with drawer. 1200 mm long x 600 mm            per night (off peak) and $150 per night (peak times). Minimum 2
     Treadmill – Computerised, foldable, 16 km/hr motorised complete          wide x 460 mm high. $100. Contact Dusty Goodluck on                    or more nights, excluding public holiday and school holidays.
     with manual. Brand new condition. Top of the range. $1300 (paid          0401122330 or 8303 30247                                               Enquiries phone 8552 4628 or 0412 922 280.
     $2000). Contact Helen on 0418 835 678.
                                                                              Air-conditioner - Wall mounted, working reverse cycle POPE             Victor Harbor/“Sea Spray” is a beautifully furnished modern two
     Television PHILIPS 32” (76 cm) Colour Flat Wide Screen, model            1.5hp, 10amp. Clean unit with an attractive maple finish fascia.       storey air conditioned 3 bedroom/2 bathroom luxury beach house
     32PW8808.                                                                $100 o.n.o. Call Mike on Ph: 8205 3284                                 100 metres from the beach, cafes and shops. Sea views from the
     2 years old, still under warranty; 100 Hz digital natural motion; vir-                                                                          balcony and two bedrooms. Lock-up undercover parking for two
     tual dolby surround sound; teletext. $800 o.n.o. Contact Dusty           HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION                                                  cars. Sleeps 6. Suitable for the family or for a romantic weekend
     Goodluck on 0401 122 330 or 8303 30247.                                                                                                         for two. $180 per night for first two nights and $150 for subsequent
                                                                              Victor Harbor/“WaterWays Cottage”                                      nights, excluding school and public holidays. Includes white linen.
     Baltic Pine Entertainment Unit / Display Cabinet. 2 x glass              Compact 3 bedroom, air-conditioned beach house overlooking one         Minimum 2 nights. PSA members 5% discount. AAA Tourism 4.5
     doors, 2 x wooden doors and separate shelving. 1950 mm long x            of Encounter Lakes sea water sandy white beaches (60 metres) and       star rating. Enquiries phone 8552 4628 or 0412 922 280.
                                                                              green parklands. Perfect for swimming and picnics. Also about

              THE AMBASSADOR CARD                                             Camel riding with Frontier Camel Tours is a rewarding and fun           432 Prospect Road, Kilburn 5084 Ph. (08) 8262 4565
                                                                              experience. Skilled guides will talk about camels and flora &           Present your Membership Card at time of purchase to receive 10%
     STOP PRESS:         Don’t forget you can use your card at
                                                                              fauna along the trail while you sway along at a leisurely place high    rebate on all products excluding livestock and special offers.
                         Campbell’s Cash and Carry at North
                                                                              on your camel’s back.
                         Plympton and Pooraka.                                                                                                        Peterpans Adventure Travel
                                                                              Spirit of the Night Sky, an award winning presentation of the           123 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000 Ph. 1800 188 799
                         Present your Membership Card on arrival to
                                                                              southern night sky, brings together scientific facts, practical         Present your Membership Card at time of booking to receive:
                         receive a day pass for cash purchases only.
                                                                              knowledge and storytelling in an entertaining and culturally            (1) 20% rebate on all overnight Sailing Adventures
                         Not valid for the purchase of liquor.
                                                                              appropriate way, resulting in an enthralling experience and a new       (2) 20% rebate on all domestic or international Travel Insurance
     Alice Springs is much more than an overnight stop and you                perspective of your place in the Universe. Learn how to find South      (3) $40 rebate on any of Peterpans Favourites Package Deals
     save at the best tourist attractions.                                    using the Southern Cross and the Pointers. Identify Planets, the        (4) 10% rebate on any single product including campervan hire.
     Alice Springs Cultural Precinct is home to the Red Centre’s most         Signs of the Zodiac and other constellations.
     interesting cultural and historical attractions including the Araluen    Hear stories and myths from across the world. Discuss your              Pimpala Road Boarding Cattery
     Centre and Galleries.                                                    experience over good coffee and cake in the Seven Sisters Gallery       Cnr Pimpala & Pine Roads, Woodcroft 5162 Ph. (08) 8381 1215
     The restored Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is a step back         which features early Australian astronomy history, Aboriginal and       Present your Membership Card to receive 15% rebate on boarding
     in time. Stone buildings and other features have been reconstructed      western night-sky artwork, meteorites and space imagery.                fees. Not valid months of December and January.
     to resemble their original appearance. It was one of the 12 repeater     Tour starts after dark each day.
     stations built along the Overland Telegraph line in the early 1870s
                                                                                                                                                      Roger David Stores
     to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin.
                                                                              SOUTH AUSTRALIA - ADDITIONS                                             All Outlets Nationally
     On the southern outskirts of town, the Old Ghan Museum takes                                                                                     Present your Membership Card at time of purchase to receive
     visitors back to the heyday of the legendary Old Ghan.                   LEISURE ACTIVITIES                                                      10% rebate on all full price merchandise.
     Next to the Old Ghan Museum the National Road Transport Hall             South Australian Jockey Club                                            20% rebate on standard ultimate suit hire package.
     of Fame is a must-see for vehicle lovers. The unique display of a        Allan Scott Park, Morphett Road, Morphettville 5043
     bygone era includes Australia's first motorised road train, a            Ph. (08) 8295 0111                                                      Woodside Boarding Cattery
     fantastic collection of old trucks and a great vintage car display.      Present your Membership Card at ticket office to receive one            5 Verco Road, Woodside 5244 Ph. (08) 8389 7499
     Feel part of the fun, excitement and colour that is racing at the Red    complimentary admission with the payment of an adult admission          Present your Membership Card to receive 10% rebate on boarding
     Centre Pioneer Park Racecourse where cardholders enjoy free              of equal or greater value. Not valid on feature race days or in         fees. Not valid months of December and January and Easter week.
     entry.                                                                   conjunction with any other promotion. Valid at Morphettville,
     Desert Quads offer an exhilarating and safe ride on a quad bike          Cheltenham and Victoria Park Racecourses.
     amongst some of the most spectacular outback scenery.                                                                                            Fox Tale Houseboats
     Outback Ballooning offers the wonderful experience of floating           Strathalbyn Racing Club                                                 Morgan 5320 Ph. (08) 8540 2378
     gently in the air with breathtaking views of the vast Australian         Milne Road, Strathalbyn 5255 Ph. (08) 8536 2248                         Mention your Membership Card at time of booking to receive
     outback.                                                                 Present your Membership Card at ticket office to receive free           10% rebate on normal rate December/January school holidays and
                                                                              admission for cardholder and one guest.                                 Easter week. 15% rebate at all other times.
     Alice Springs Reptile Centre is billed as the largest reptile
     display in the Northern Territory and well worth a visit to see                                                                                  Fox Tale Houseboats have a special introductory offer to Card
     snakes (inland taipans, browns and king browns), thorny devils,          GOODS AND SERVICES                                                      members with 20% discount on all hires during September,
     frill neck lizards, goannas and saltwater crocodiles.                    Heliocol Solar Pool Heating                                             October or November. A saving of $250 for a weekend (up to 8
     The Red Ochre Grill Cafe Restaurant is situated in the Mall and                                                                                  people) or $545/week (up to 12 people).
                                                                              Ph. (08) 8326 9260 or 0412 446 046
     welcomes Ambassador Cards after 7 pm seven nights per week.
                                                                              Mention your Membership Card to receive 10% rebate on sola
     Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge is snuggled into the base of the             pool heating collectors, pumps, filters and chlorinators.               DELETIONS
     magnificent MacDonnell Ranges at the southern entrance to Alice          Not valid installation costs or with any other promotional offer.       page 61                       Flagstaff on Franklin
     Springs. Use your Ambassador Card for a rebate on a Lodge Room
                                                                              Northside Pets Superstore                                               page 67                Red Rock Noodle Bar (North Adelaide)
     and in the Tavern.

                                          INFO BY EMAIL                                                                                              FEDERAL WEBSITE
                                                                                                                    The federal office for State public servants, the CPU-SPSF (State Public Services Federation) has
           Increasingly, the PSA is providing information to members on industrial                                  launched a new website, and all PSA members are encouraged to contribute material.
           matters and other benefits via email. To ensure that you receive the very                                The website has general interest areas, an online journal “The Public Interest”, a links page and
                                                                                                                    specific sections for women, schools, higher education and corrective services.
           latest information, please let us know if your email address changes. Just
                                                                                                                    As well as being a useful site to ‘bookmark’, website co-ordinator Ryan Heath believes your
           send an email message to with the details and                                      views and experiences need to be up in writing to make the site work.
           your membership record will be updated.                                                                  If you have anything from a book review to a campaign victory in your workplace to report,

                                        UNION TRAINING PROGRAM                                                                                                     GST
                                                                                                                     Changes to the taxation laws have seen the introduction of a 10% GST from 1 July, 2000.
           The PSA is committed to providing a quality range of relevant training.                                   PSA/CPSU is required to charge the GST for Goods and Services which we provide.While our
                                                                                                                     subscription rates and other charges have not been increased, PSA/CPSU will add the GST cost
           For a full list of course details call Margaret Warner on (08) 8205 3209.                                 in accordance with legal requirements.
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     If you join a non-member in your area now using the forms below, they and you will qualify to be in a draw for a weekend each at a PSA/CPSU holiday home.

          P S A M E M B E R S H I P A P P L I C AT I O N F O R M                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DIRECT DEBIT FORM

                             The Public Service Association of SA Inc                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Methods of Payment
                                                          ABN 62 406 330 782
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Please complete one of the following sections
                                     Community & Public Sector Union
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             Pers o n a l d e t a i l s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PSA subscription rates are 0.95% of substantive base salary (plus GST) to a maximum of the ASO5 rate and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               are tax deductible. The appropriate Goods and Services Tax amount will also be deducted. Unless otherwise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               notified, direct debits occur on the first working day of each month. Below is the authorisation for your
          Title                                  Surname                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       subscription to be paid by direct debit.
          First name/s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To: The Manager
          Home address
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Name of Credit Union/Financial Institution
          Home Phone                                             Gender                                                                                                               Date of birth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Address of Credit Union/Financial Institution

             E m p l oy m e n t d e t a i l s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I/we request you, until further notice in writing, to debit from my/our account described in the schedule below,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               any amounts which the Public Service Association of SA Inc, Community and Public Sector Union, SA Branch
          Dept/agency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (SPSF Group) may debit or charge me/us through the direct debit system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I/We understand and acknowledge that the Credit Union/Financial Institution may in its absolute discretion
          Work address                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         determine:
          Work phone                                              Work fax                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1. The order of priority of payment by it of any money pursuant to this request or any authority or mandate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2. At anytime by notice in writing to me/us terminate this request as to further debits.
                  Full time                                 Part time                                                 Casual                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Date

          Total hours worked per week                                            Classification (eg ASO 2)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Member’s name

          Occupation                                                             Increment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Address

          Annual salary                                                          Referred by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Account name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BSB number                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Account number
             PSA Membership
             I hereby apply to join the Public Service Association of SA and agree to be bound by the rules.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Accounts
             CPSU Membership                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PSA/CPSU membership subscriptions may also be paid by cheque, money order or cash.
             I hereby apply to join the Community and Public Sector Union, State Public Services Federation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If paying via this method, please make cheques and money orders payable to the PSA/CPSU.
             (SA Branch) and agree to be bound by the rules.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I wish to pay quarterly                                                                                                                                  I wish to pay half yearly                                                                                                                                                   I wish to pay annually
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             I do / do not wish to receive a tax statement (please circle).
          The PSA/CPSU is bound by the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000. Information is collected to enable the union to contact you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To pay by credit card on a monthly basis, please complete details below.
          about matters relating to your union membership and to ensure that we have the necessary information to represent your employment
          and related interests. A member can opt out of receiving such information by contacting the PSA/CPSU. The PSA/CPSU Privacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Card number                                                                                                                                                       /                                                                                                                                                            /                                                                                /
          Statement is available from the union’s web site or by contacting the office.
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            Please mail our completed application form to:
                                                                                      For any further information call the PSA on:
            Reply paid number 53006. PSA/CPSU SA Branch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Card type                                                                                                                                           Bankcard                                                                                                                                                                                        Mastercard                                                                                                                                                              Visa
                                                                                      (08) 8205 3200 or freecall 1800 811 457
            GPO Box 2170, Adelaide, SA 5001 (no stamp required)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Signature

                                                                             PSA TRAINING PROGRAM August, September, October 2006
       AUGUST                                                                     For Pension and Lump Sum Scheme members, information                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you are thinking about retirement in the next few years, you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Road, Kadina
       2 - Workplace Bullying                                                     sessions can be conducted at your worksite. If you would like                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        should attend this Retirement Workshop. Some of the issues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Book online at Phone enquiries 1300 369
       The aim of this seminar is to provide participants with an                 more information about worksite visits, please contact Super SA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      covered include Entitlements, Final Salary, converting pension to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              315
       opportunity to identify behaviour that constitutes bullying, discuss       on 1300 369 315 or by email at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lump sum (commutation) and taxation issues. Followed by:
       what is the effect of this behaviour and what strategies can be            This session will be followed by;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Centrelink – Securing your future. Outline of the series of courses                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OCTOBER
       used to address this behaviour.                                            Investing for your Future – Savings & Loans                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          run by Centrelink for PSA members in 2006. Followed by:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16 & 17 Worksite Representatives Level 1
       (9 am - 5 pm)                                                              Thinking about investing, but don't know where or how to get                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Savings & Loans Credit Union. This informative and interactive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Worksite Representatives play a vital role in union organisation.
       14 & 15 – Worksite Representatives Level 1                                 started? Investing for your Future – issues and options. This                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        session covers the following: Choosing the best option for your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Federal Government's changes to Australia's workplace laws
       Worksite Representatives play a vital role in union organisation.          session provides you with an introductory guide to the issues and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Super SA benefit and save on tax using allocated pensions and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  will mean that our workplaces and conditions will be changing in
       The Federal Government's changes to Australia's workplace laws             options faced by investors. Fundamental concepts of investing;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       income streams in retirement – how to maximise your Centrelink                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2006.
       will mean that our workplaces and conditions will be changing in           Risk vs Return, Asset Classes, Diversification. Things that impact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   payments in retirement – where to invest your funds for retirement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             There has never been a more important time in the history of the
       2006.                                                                      on your investments; Taxation, Inflation, Time horizon, Personal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     - “Putting it all together” for your best retirement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trade Union movement. The gains of the past, current conditions
       There has never been a more important time in the history of the           emergencies. Investment Options; Salary Sacrifice, Super or Non-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Lunch n Learn 12.00pm – 2.00pm) No bookings are necessary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and the future generation's ability to be protected is at stake.
       Trade Union movement. The gains of the past, current conditions            Super, Direct investing or managed funds, Borrowing to invest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for lunch time sessions, members and non-members are welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By attending a Worksite Representative training course you will
       and the future generation's ability to be protected is at stake.           Where to get good advice and what to ask when looking for advice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18 & 19 – Worksite Representatives Level 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     learn great skills and gain confidence to help you carry out this
       By attending a Worksite Representative training course you will            The session will be conducted by a highly qualified and experienced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To assist Worksite Representatives to further develop their skills,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            important role.
       learn great skills and gain confidence to help you carry out this          member of the Savings an Loans Financial Planning Team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              knowledge and confidence to organise in worksites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (9am – 5pm both days)
       important role.                                                            (Lunch n learn 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm) No bookings are necessary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (2 day course 9.00am – 5.00pm each day)
       (9am – 5pm both days)                                                      for lunch time sessions, members and non-members are welcome.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        21 – Reclassification Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   12 – Reclassification Course Part 2
       17 – Reclassification Course Part 2                                        9 - Riverland - Super SA Regional Pre-retirement Seminars                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you believe your job should be reclassified the first thing to do is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you have your reclassification application completed or partially
       If you have your reclassification application completed or partially       All day pre-retirement seminar Loxton Hotel, East Terrace, Loxton.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to find out what your chances of success are.             This course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          completed, or if you have attended a reclassification course
       completed, or if you have attended a reclassification course               Book online at Phone enquiries 1300                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            provides practical assistance on how to prepare and lodge an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   previously, this is a practical session to work through written
       previously, this is a practical session to work through written            369 315                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              application for reclassification. Open to all classification streams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          applications.
       applications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm)
       (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm)                                          SEPTEMBER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            27 – PSO Reclassification Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               17 - Super SA Regional Pre-Retirement Seminar – Upper North
       31 - Investing for your Future                                             4 – Union Orientation Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Courses specifically designed for PSO members.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 All day Pre-retirement seminar, Hawker Community Sporting Club,
       Session for Triple S members by Super SA, followed by Investment           The PSA is an organising union. In an organising union members                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (All day course 9.30am – 4.30pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Craddock Road
       Seminar by Savings and Loans.                                              recognise that their union's strength comes from their power as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    28 – Conflict Resolution                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Book online at Phone enquiries 1300 369
       Super SA – Need to find out more about your Super?                         group or collective.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Trainer: Dr Luke Faulkner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      315
       Whether retirement is 30 years away or just around the corner,             Problems at work can be resolved by members working together.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dealing with difficult people and difficult situations can cause a lot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         20 – Delivering Successful Presentations
       Super is a great way of saving for the future. Find out how your           Unions can and do make a difference to our working lives. Your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of stress and worry. Come along and learn basic techniques which                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Delivering effective and successful presentations is a skill and
       Triple S Scheme works and how to get the most out of it. It is never       involvement will make a difference in making workplaces happier,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     will minimise these difficulties and lead to a more pleasant work                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              these presentation skills can be learned. The more effort you put
       too late or too early to start thinking about Super.                       more productive and safer. We are pro-union which does not mean                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      environment. The program will enable and encourage you to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      into developing your skills, the more comfortable and professional
       Topics covered by Super SA;                                                anti management. Come along and find out more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       discuss the kinds of real life situations which can be problematic.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            you will become. These skills can be utilised in all aspects of your
       The importance of making member contributions to Triple S;                 (Full day course 9am – 5pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Half day course 2.00pm – 5.00pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              work from getting a new idea across to actually presenting to a
       Insurance benefits; Member Investment Choice; and Salary                   7 – Pre-retirement Financial Planning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                26 - Super SA Regional Pre-Retirement Seminar – York Peninsula                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 group of people.
       Sacrificing into Super SA.                                                 Super SA – Contributing to your future – Thinking about retirement?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All day Pre-retirement seminar, Farmshed Museum Centre, Moonta                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Half day course 2.00pm – 5.00pm)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           CPSU Elections                                                                                                                                           SPECIAL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Election 06                                                                                                       The parties answer
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Not happy John!                                                                                                                                                                                               for workers’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Port
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roxby Downs, Whyalla, Port                                                                                                                                 rights under                                                                                                                                                                                             Sector                                                                                                       Professor John Spoehr addresses media, with Jan McMahon watching.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rally against                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The promises have been made, the                    “The South Australian Labor Government

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               new IR laws
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    McMahon said the protest was an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     votes have been counted and the                    has a strong record in relation to increasing                                                              INSIDE

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    overwhelming success and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            results declared.                                  services to our community with resulting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      August/September 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    marked the start of an intensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    campaign to have the legislation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thrown out of Federal Parliament.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Campaign posters of beaming hopefuls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have fallen from thousands of stobie poles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           increases in thousands of jobs, primarily in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the areas of health, education and community                                                                          3
                                                                                               Big Protest over proposed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                like autumn leaves, and the gushing torrent of     safety, including child protection.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ms McMahon said the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IR changes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 poor jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    changes presented the greatest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      election material poking from our letter boxes         “Rather than the Liberal approach of slash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    threat to workers’ rights in recent                                                                                                                            The Rann Labor Government has                                                                                                                                                                        has dried up.                                      and burn with accompanying privatisations,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    memory.                                                                                                                                                    promised to protect the existing rights of                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we are committed to rebuilding and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now promises made in the heat of an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Federal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Noted Guest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The changes will affect all                                                                                                                           public sector workers which are under                                                                                                                                                                    election battle have to be kept.                   rejuvenating the public sector.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    workers, including public sector

                                                                                               Federal IR Changes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               threat from the Federal Government’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thousands    of    Public      Service          workers, and their families,” she                                                                                                                          new WorkChoices legislation.                         Government has                                                                                                                                          The result of the March 18 poll, overall, is       “We have made commitments in relation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to working with the PSA to review the public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Speaker for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        quite promising for public sector workers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Association members joined an estimated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 30,000 South Australian workers in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon has           failed its own test                                                                                                                                  The Rann Government has been returned              service classification structure, undertaking                                                          Professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “They will result in South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 national protest against the Howard                Australian workers, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               received a letter from Industrial Relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Minister Michael Wright MP confirming the              of creating a                                                                                                                                     triumphant with a massively increased              workforce planning, retaining the merit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Respected academic Professor John                  Division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Government’s proposed industrial relations         PSA members, losing the current                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     majority, and the Legislative Council remains      principle in relation to recruitment and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               State Government's opposition to individual                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spoehr was commissioned by the PSA to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    protection provided by State                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           promotion, and maintaining payroll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 changes.                                                                                                                                                                                                      contracts (AWA's), and supporting the right of        fairer system                                                                                                                                      a vibrant, well represented House of review.                                                        review the economic impact of the
                                                                                                  PSA     members      joined   workers
                                                                                               throughout Australia on 30th June 2005 to
                                                                                               protest against the Federal Government's
                                                                                                                                                     and superannuation from Awards. Many Awards
                                                                                                                                                     provide notice of termination of up to 16 weeks,
                                                                                                                                                     providing some security in case of dismissal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Several thousand PSA members attended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a mass rally at Elder Park while hundreds of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awards through their abolition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Awards currently define
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    many basic conditions such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               union members to bargain collectively
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               through the PSA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This is a great result for PSA members,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Professor Andrew Stewart – Page 4               PSA General Secretary, Jan McMahon with Health Minister, John Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now the business of governing, rather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        than electioneering is underway – and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           deductions for union members.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “During our first term we have managed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the State’s finances and public employment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Opposition’s proposed 4,000 job cuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Professor Spoehr is the Executive Director of
                                                                                                                                                     Employees, under the changes, will be left out in                                                                                                                                                           others gathered in regional centres as part of a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Public Service Association is heartened by
                                                                                               proposed changes to workplace relations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              penalty payments and leave.                                                                                                                                particularly as we look to the next round of     Professionals, TAFE/Universities and those                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Australian Institute for Social Research at the
                                                                                                  Large numbers of PSA members were joined
                                                                                               by Nurses and Fire Fighters at the office of
                                                                                                                                                     the cold.

                                                                                                                                                     3. Reduce the Minimum Wage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 national day of action against the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 workplace laws.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Twelve buses were chartered for PSA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    These entitlements are now under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    serious threat.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ms McMahon said the protest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Enterprise Bargaining negotiations, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               provides some peace of mind as the Federal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Government continues its attack on the rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                members         working
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in     Statutory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The PSA put forward various proposals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Minister promises to                                                                                   comments made by Premier Mike Rann and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        his deputy, Treasurer Kevin Foley, during the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        election campaign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           responsibly and achieved growth in services.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We will continue taking such responsible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           approach in the next four years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            University of Adelaide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                His research presented at a media conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of workers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Large Turnout
                                                                                               Senator Amanda Vanstone to demonstrate their
                                                                                                  How will the changes affect South Australian
                                                                                                                                                         Employees who receive their annual pay rise
                                                                                                                                                     from Safety Net Adjustments conducted by the
                                                                                                                                                     AIRC will be disadvantaged under the changes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 members to attend the November 15 rally in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Elder Park, which was followed by a protest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 march to Parliament House.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rally on November 15 was the biggest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Adelaide industrial event in decades.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In a historic first, the rally was broadcast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “People expect a Prime Minister to stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for fairness for all Australians, one that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       represents the interest of all Australians, not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       just a few,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         unions to represent workers,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Underpinning the Government changes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is a proposal for a single set of national laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The PSA's recent achievement in gaining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a renewed commitment to Job Security (see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Page 3) if the State Labor Government is re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                aimed at providing ongoing protection of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                existing benefits, even in those situations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                where members were to come under the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 work closely with PSA                                                                                       Faced by Liberal Party promises of 4,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jobs to be shed from the public sector,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Government responded firmly, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “There will of course, as occurred in our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           first term, be some movement of jobs to areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of high priority, in line with community needs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            held at the PSA headquarters in the city aimed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            assess the implications of the job losses in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            context of the ageing of the public sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regional SSO

               • Regular features
                                                                                                                                                     The Howard Government-appointed Australian                                                                                                                                                                     Hundreds of PSA members gathered in             by Sky Channel to enable workers, their                                                              on workplace relations, with the removal of                                                            Federal industrial jurisdiction.                    A SENIOR Cabinet Minister has                      “We (the Rann Labor Government)                                                                                                                      workforce and provide estimates of the likely
                                                                                               workers?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        elected, along with the protection of existing                                                                                                                                                           appropriately, to assure South Australian’s        and expectations, and this will continue to
                                                                                                                                                     Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) will ‘set and                                                                                                                                                                    venues elsewhere across the State, where they      families and the community across Australia            Ms McMahon said the Howard                    State Industrial Jurisdictions.                       conditions through this latest commitment            The PSA believes the new Federal             promised to work closely with the Public          believe in unions, we support unions and we                                                                                                              flow on impacts of the cuts on unemployment in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 watched a national broadcast of the rally, held                                                                                                                                                                                                                workplace laws will apply to employees of                                                          want to work with unions.                            that such a “slash and burn” policy was not on     occur in an orderly fashion with long
                                                                                                                                                     periodically adjust’ minimum wages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to unite against the proposals.                    Government's proposed changes were causing                                                              from the State Government, are good results                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  South Australia.
                                                                                               1. Australian Workplace Agreements
                                                                                                   At present, individual contracts must meet a
                                                                                               no disadvantage test compared to Awards made
                                                                                               by the Australian Industrial Relations
                                                                                                                                                     4. Erode the role of the AIRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 simultaneously in captial cities and regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 centres across Australia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    South Australian regional venues included
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Premier, Mike Rann, attended the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rally, telling the huge crowd that the laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    were “a real fundamental attack on the basic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       significant concern and confusion amongst
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PSA members.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “The Prime Minister has made it very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “The only minimum conditions will be for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         annual leave, personal leave, parental leave          achieved by PSA working on behalf of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mr Wright’s letter followed a meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                trading corporations and that about half of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PSA members will be affected.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The changes are complex and will affect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Service Association if the Rann Labor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Government wins the State Election on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 March 18.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Health Minister, John Hill told a packed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “One of the most important parts of my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   job is to defend the Public Service and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   defend your honour whenever I get the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        its agenda.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In a letter to PSA General Secretary Jan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        McMahon, Premier Rann confirmed his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           established guidelines and involving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           meaningful consultation with unions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “We are committed to further improving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In a statement presented at the media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            conference, Professor Spoehr said: “Apart from
                                                                                                                                                        The Office of the Employment Advocate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Continued page 4                                                               PSA members in differing ways and at                                                               chance. I have a particular warmth for the
                                                                                               Commission (AIRC). However, under the                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bordertown, Ceduna, Millicent, Mt Gambier,         values South Australians hold’’.                   clear that this is an assault on the ability of                                                         with PSA President, Lindsay Oxlad, General                                                        meeting of public sector professionals that he                                                         support for the vital role of public sector        community services.” (The full text of the       the negative economic and unemployment
                                                                                                                                                     (OEA) will be responsible for Australian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   differing times.                                                                                   Public Service.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Secretary, Jan McMahon and Chief Industrial                                                       was committed to entering into a cooperative                                                           workers and the services they provide to our       Premier’s letter is available on the PSA         impact, this is simply bad policy.
                                                                                               Howard Government “reforms”, the lower test           Workplace Agreements.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “You also should be out there as often as
                                                                                               for AWA's will be five legislated minimum
                                                                                                                                                         The independent scrutiny will disappear                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        INSIDE                                 Officer, Peter Christopher.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The purpose of the meeting, sought by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In his letter, Minister Wright said he was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                concerned that South Australian workers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 relationship with the PSA as he embarked on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 widespread reform of the public health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   possible explaining what you do and why the          community.                                         website.)                                            “The 4,000 jobs cut come at a time when

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PSA meets new Health Minister
                                                                                               employment conditions:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           including those in the Public Sector, would be                                                     public requires you.”                                    Claiming the Liberal Opposition would             The PSA welcomes these comments and
                                                                                                                                                     because agreements will become effective from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PSA, was to identify how the changes arising                                                      system.                                                                                                                                                                                                    there is already an ageing population of public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PAGE                                                              harmed by the WorkChoices legislation and                                                              Mr Hill was addressing a seminar of              have had to force redundancies and privatise       commitments.
                                                                                                  These are:                                         the day they are lodged with the OEA. The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from the Federal Government's WorkChoices                                                             Mr Hill also is the Minister for the                                                                                                                                                                   servants, and fewer of them.
                                                                                                                                                     process will no longer involve 'no disadvantage                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           legislation would impact upon SA Public          was supportive of proposals aimed at             Environment and Conservation, Minister for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   public sector professionals which was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        services to reach its target of 4,000 jobs, he                                                                                                            Elections 2006
                                                                                                  • A minimum wage rate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         providing proper safeguards.                                                                       organised by the PSA’s newly-created                                                                                           Continued page 4                                     Continued page 4
                                                                                                                                                     checks'.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sector workers, and to propose mechanisms to                                                      the Southern Suburbs and Minister Assisting                                                            said:
                                                                                                  • Annual leave (no loading)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mr Wright told Ms McMahon the reforms                                                          Professional Division.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               protect PSA members.                                                                              the Premier in the Arts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                were “all about bleeding the award system to                                                           The forum was the first in a series
                                                                                                  • Personal leave                                   5. Abolish unfair dismissal and redundancy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The PSA was particularly concerned that                                                           A former teacher and honorary union           planned this year by the Professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               many members would come within the               death, slashing workers entitlements and         official, Mr Hill told the meeting he appreci-
                                                                                                  • Parental leave                                   payment                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Public Service Association has met           imaging      staff,  laboratory   technicians,            “PSA also took the opportunity to raise                                                                                                                                                                                                            Division.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               definition of “Trading Corporations” and         destroying employment security.                  ated the role of the PSA and other unions in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with the new Minister of Health, John Hill,          administrative      officers,   radiographers,        issues which only affected particular groups of                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr Hill outlined his vision for the
                                                                                                  • Maximum number of non-overtime                       Businesses that employ up to 100 employees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to raise concerns about the impact of the            physiotherapists, dieticians and speech               members,” she said.                                      SSO EB                                    therefore move from the State to the Federal         “I assure you and all your members that      helping to protect the rights and conditions of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   continued reformation of the South
                                                                                                      hours per week                                 will be exempt from unfair dismissal laws. Also,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          industrial jurisdiction.                         the Rann Labor Government is absolutely          public sector employees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Howard Government’s proposed industrial              pathologists.
                                                                                                  Employers will therefore not have to provide       small businesses without an Enterprise                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “These included roster arrangements, proper                                    PAGE                 The main areas expected by the PSA to be                                                          “I understand very much where you are
                                                                                               equal pay rates or working conditions received        Agreement in place will be exempt from paying                                                                                                                                                               relations changes on the public health                   “Under the Prime Minister’s proposed              use of child protection funding and the proper                                                     affected were Health, including Allied Health                           Continued page 4          coming from,” he said.                                                  Continued page 4
                                                                                               by colleagues employed on an Enterprise
                                                                                               Agreement or Award.
                                                                                                  AWAs will be able to include pay and
                                                                                                                                                     redundancy payments.

                                                                                                                                                     6. Potentially limit Occupational Health and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      changes to Industrial Relations, virtually all SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      public sector health workers will fall under the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      federal jurisdiction. This results from health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            formal recognition of PSA as a registered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            industrial organisation.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another subject discussed during the
                                                                                                                                                     Safety (OH&S)                                                                                                                                                                                               President Lindsay Oxlad and Chief Industrial
                                                                                               conditions which are less than those provided for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      workers not being Crown employees under the           meeting was bullying within the public health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Officer Peter Christopher told Mr Hill the
                                                                                               in Awards and Enterprise Agreements without               The Howard Government has flagged a             7. Limit union presence                                            INSIDE                                                                                                                                    Public Sector Management Act, but employees

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 proposed changes would impact on thousands of                                                              system.
                                                                                               meeting a no disadvantage test.                       national industrial relations system that will          The Howard Government has committed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 health workers across South Australia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of incorporated health units.                                                                                  Bool Lagoon
                                                                                                                                                     override current State laws. Among other things,    pursue stalled legislative measures that will limit                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “The hierarchical structure of health,
                                                                                               2. Strip back Awards                                  this could eliminate the rigorous OH&S              union presence in the workplace and make                                                                                                                   “Under the Howard Government’s changes,               “PSA suggested to Minister Hill that health       including difficulty in recruitment and retention                                PAGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of people, can result in bad or inappropriate



                                                                                                   Under the guise of award simplification, the      legislation implemented by States such as South     collective bargaining difficult. These include                                                                                                          every South Australian health worker employed        workers be brought back under the PSM Act in

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                                                                                               Howard Government proposes to remove notice           Australia and replace them with weaker,             tougher laws relating to right of entry, and laws                                                                                                                                                            order to provide ongoing protection within the        behavior not being properly dealt with,” said Ms

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by a public health organisation which is a



                                                                                               of termination, jury service, long service leave      employer-friendly regulations.                      encouraging pattern bargaining.                                                        lR                                                                                                                    State Industrial jurisdiction. The Minister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 corporation, such as the Central Northern




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Adelaide Health Service, is affected,” said Ms       advised that legal advice is being sought                 “PSA suggested to Minister Hill that a clear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 McMahon.                                             regarding available options to provide suitable       policy statement is needed from the top about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SSOs take a bow                                                                                                                                        protection.”                                          standards that are expected, and a uniform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “PSA advised Minister Hill this includes                                                                                                                        More IR Rally
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 psychologists, social workers, dentists,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pharmacists, medical scientists, occupational
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 therapists, audiologists, optometrists, medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PSA discussed several other issues with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Minister Hill, including the recognition of Allied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Health workers and outsourcing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            method of dealing with complaints introduced.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Department of Health chief executive,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jim Birch, also attended the meeting.

                                                                                                  The Full Bench of the South Australian Industrial Relations                      The No Extra Claims provision will operate until 1 June 2006.
                                                                                               Commission has handed down its Decision in the long running salary
                                                                                               campaign and arbitration case.                                                      Despite Government opposition, the Full Bench had previously
                                                                                                                                                                               determined an interim 3.5% which was payable from October 2004.                                                                        th
                                                                                                   Members will recall that the South Australian Government referred the       Payment of the new rates will take this into account.
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                                                                                               matter to arbitration after refusing to negotiate with the PSA, following the                                                                                   Conference
                                                                                               rejection of its offer at ballot.                                                   The Decision of the Full Bench is final and not subject to appeal.
                                                                                                  The Full Bench has determined the following salary adjustments:
                                                                                                  • 1 October 2004 – ASO 1–3 (or equivalent)
                                                                                                                     – ASO 4-6 (or equivalent)
                                                                                                                                                         – 4.0%,
                                                                                                                                                         – 3.75%.
                                                                                                                                                                                   PSA General Secretary, Jan McMahon said “the overwhelming
                                                                                                                                                                               feedback from members is recognition of the PSA's efforts in trying to
                                                                                                                                                                               improve the Government offer, and disappointment that the Government

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                                                                                                                     – ASO 7 and above (or equivalent) – 3.5%                  does not value all of its Public Sector workers equally.”
                                                                                                  • 1 October 2005 – ASO 1–3 (or equivalent)             – 4.0%,
                                                                                                                     – ASO 4-6 (or equivalent)           – 3.75%.                 PSA will continue to explore options for future improvements, within         Country Roundup
                                                                                                                     – ASO 7 and above (or equivalent) – 3.5%                  Agencies and across the Public Sector.

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