Community Public Services

PSA membership in the community sector is growing rapidly. To make sure your interest are fully represented, we've made changes to our structure and created the Community Public Services sector.

This sector covers people working in:

  • disability
  • mental health/ drug and alcohol
  • home support
  • social services, and
  • aid and development organisations

The Community Public Services sector has its own national committee and a seat on the PSA Executive Board.  This ensures your sector has a voice at all levels of PSA decision-making.

The difference the PSA can make

We know that funding in the sector is tight.  It is getting harder for organisations to meet the growing demands in their communities and elsewhere.  It's also getting harder to provide employees with job security and the pay and conditions they deserve.

The services and support that you provide are important.  With a growing membership, the PSA will be in your corner.  We have the expertise to work with you for decent pay and employment conditions, a good working environment, and for your voice to be included in workplace decisions.

We will be a strong advocate for you and for the work you do.

Jenny Goodman, convenor,

Carol Hastie,

Frances Lazarus,

Carol Mace,

Mele Sanaerivi (to August),

Harry Pihema.


The committee remembers Liz Bowman, a long serving CPS sector committee representative, who passed away in 2014

Media Releases

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Inquiry to social service provision should be a genuine evaluation says PSA

The Public Service Association says that the Productivity Commission’s inquiry on more effective social services is a chance to genuinely evaluate what currently works and what doesn’t.

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Congress 2014

Post-election analysis, Transforming the Workplace, a union merger and gender equity were the hot topics at last week’s congress.

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Carers' strategy has to be backed by resources

The PSA supports the government's ‘Carers’ Strategy’ but says it must be backed by the resources required for extra use of residential care.

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Travel case latest

An agreement has been signed between the government, workers and home support providers to resolve the travel time pay issue and improve working conditions in the sector.

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Home support worker welcomes agreement between Govt, unions and providers

Healthcare of New Zealand (HCNZ) worker and Public Service Association (PSA) member Jenny Goodman has welcomed the news that an agreement has been signed between the Government, workers and home support providers to resolve the travel time pay issue and improve working conditions in the...

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