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Community Corrections Update

November 2018

High Performance Engagement Coordinator secondment

Stevie cartoonI'm Stevie Hallett and as part of the Terms of Settlement and to support the Department’s commitment to the High Performance High Engagement model I have been seconded to the role of High Performance Engagement Coordinator – this is basically a fancy title for ‘walking delegate’.

It’s an important step for the Department to welcome a full-time PSA delegate into National Office to represent PSA members in working groups and to senior management. I’m looking forward to increasing the engagement of PSA members in Community Corrections and ensuring that your voices are heard.

To that end, the best way for me to represent you is to get to know you. Feel free to drop me an email and organise a time to chat if you’d like to share your ideas. A bit about me – I have been a Programme Facilitator with the Department for 2.5 years. I stepped into the National Delegate role earlier this year, became a member of the bargaining team and from there have stepped into the role of walking delegate for Community Corrections.

Terms of Settlement:

  • Safety & Wellbeing

If you’ve read the Terms of Settlement you might have noticed that the work stream around Safety and Wellbeing needed to be initiated by the 31st of October 2018. The Department has made solid efforts in the Health and Safety space by holding Health and Safety Rep elections, conducting an engagement survey on HS Reps and introducing a Worker Participation principle into the HS Committee structure which requires a minimum of 51% of those attending meetings need to be workers, rather than managers or senior managers.

As noted in the previous update, the PSA also believe that manageable workloads form an important part of your safety and wellbeing and are currently in the process of raising this issue with the Department formally under the Health and Safety Act. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress in this area.

  • Psychs Competencies

During bargaining the Department made a commitment to finalise the new competencies for Psychologists by the 1st of November 2018. Together with the PSA they have managed to generate a new set of competencies. It is yet to be finalised because the proposed competencies were sent out to members and the Department is currently working to incorporate the feedback they received. Even though this means the work is behind schedule, the PSA believes that it is moving in the right direction as the Department is prioritising the input from the psychologists themselves. Diana Johnson is heavily involved in this work on behalf of the PSA and psychologists and is happy to answer any queries you have about it.

Psych Progression

What’s next?

The next work streams need to be initiated by the 18th of November 2018 and these include a review of TOIL, review of Community Work Supervisor role and the working party to review competencies, supervision and training for Programme Facilitators. Please contact Stevie Hallett if you have any queries about any of these.

The next Community Forum will be the 19th and 20th of November 2018 and will be attended by Stevie Hallett, John Gibbons, Diana Johnson, Michael Johnson and Phil Coutts. Please contact any of us if you have anything you would like raised at the Forum.

The next National Delegates Meeting will be held on the 29th and 30th of November 2018 and will be attended by all National Delegates or their proxies. If you have anything you would like raised at the National Delegates meeting please contact the National Delegate for your region. If you don’t know who that is, contact the PSA to find out.

Backpay

For those among us who received a pay increase in the latest round of bargaining the increase was received in the pay on the 30th of October. Many of you will have received your back pay. If you haven’t, please query it with payroll in the first instance and if it remains unresolved contact the PSA to follow up. 

Download this Community Corrections October Update as a PDF

Previous communications 

Community Corrections September Update - PDF

Community Corrections - Terms of Settlement

The latest for frontline managers at Corrections.

Download the union update from 20 September here.