Disability and Homecare Services

Disability Services

The NSW Government is privatising all public disability services in NSW. As members in disability transfer to the federal system their membership comes under the CPSU NSW banner. All members of the PSA are automatically also members of the CPSU NSW so disability members can feel confident in their continuity of membership and continued support.

Members in these workplaces are disability support workers, team leaders, managers, psychologists, occupational therapists, dieticians, case managers and other clinical services and support for people with disability.

Tenders for the privatised services have been let on a regional basis, in the case of group homes, to a variety of providers. The tender for the provision of clinical services for the whole of NSW was let to The Benevolent Society.

Staff who worked for the Government transferred to the relevant private provider. The CPSU NSW (PSA) is still their union and will continue to represent them. They have been given a guarantee of employment for permanent workers for two years and for casual staff for six months. Their employment conditions transferred with them for up to five years.

Home Care Services

In 2016 The NSW Government privatised their Home Care Service transferring all staff to the new provider Australian Unity.  All members of the PSA are automatically also members of the CPSU NSW.

CPSU NSW members in these workplaces are Service Co-Ordinators, Service Allocators, Administrative Support, Managers and other office based staff supporting home care clients.

Who can be a member of the CPSU NSW?

The CPSU NSW covers employees in:

  • The Benevolent Society
  • Australian Unity
  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Life Without Barriers
  • House with No Steps
  • Northcott
  • Livebetter Community Services
  • Mid North Coast Disability Services
  • Hunter Valley Disability Services
  • Achieve Australia

We still have a large number of disability members working for the NSW Government who may transfer to private providers over the next few years.  These members continue to be supported by the PSA while they are government employees. If you work in disability and remain a public servant visit the PSA website here: http://psa.asn.au.

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