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General secretary of Public Service Association: "the NSW juvenile justice system is in crisis"

Stewart Little, the general secretary of Public Service Association, says the NSW juvenile justice system is in crisis, with violence against staff spiking and inadequate care. “The relentless cuts and outsourcing of public services mean that opportunities for intervention with these kids are consistently missed David Tune's independent report on child protection, which the government kept secret for 18 months, revealed a system in failure. Of the $1.86 billion the state spent on vulnerable families, $960 million, half, is spent on outsourced, privately provided out-of-home care. It costs nearly double to put a kid in an NGO-run home rather than a Family and Community Services (FACS) -managed service. The erosion of funding for FACS means it is now a crisis-driven system. Case workers are operating in survival mode, unable to deliver long-term outcomes for anyone.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

The PSA has taken steps to protect its members from new time monitoring practices

The Public Service Association of New South Wales has taken steps to protect its members from new time monitoring practices recommended by private consultants. “This is yet another case of the State Government getting it wrong by engaging private sector consultants instead of seeking the advice of the experts in the public sector—in this case highly experienced professionals dedicated to child protection. We urge Family and Community Services (FACS) to enter into genuine and meaningful consultation so that caseworkers can get and on and do their jobs without being subjected to inhumane and intrusive changes in their workplace.”

Source: Public Service Association

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The government has privatized $50 billion in public sector assets

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little reports that the latest figures show the government as led by O’Farrell, Baird and now Berejiklian “has privatized $50 billion in public sector assets in a little over six years. This is compared to $6 billion over 16 years under Labor” (p. 10). Speaking of the privatized train-to-airport system, Little also points to media reports saying it “costs you more than $17 each way; $13.50 of that goes straight to the private consortium; money that could go to child protection, Disability Services, the environment or justice system” (p. 11).

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