Public Sector CSA Agreement Guidance Material

The Public Sector CSA Agreement 2021 (GA9) was registered in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) on 24 September 2021.  The Agreement commences operation on 24 September 2021 and expires on 12 June 2022.  Salary increases apply from the expiry of the predecessor agreement (GA8) on 13 June 2021.

While GA9 largely reflects GA8, there are a number of key changes, which are explained further below.

Summary of changes to the Public Sector CSA Agreement 2021

Provision

Summary of changes

Resource materials

Conversion to Permanency

New provisions at clauses 18 and 19 in GA9 provide an ongoing mechanism requiring the review of fixed term and casual Employees for conversion to permanent employment. 

Key principles of conversion are:

  • Right to review after two years continuous employment in the same or a similar role on a fixed term or casual basis;
  • Right to conversion to permanency for a fixed term contract employee if a review finds the contract does not meet one of the defined circumstances for use of fixed term contracts;
  • Right to appointment for a casual employee to a position created if a review demonstrates the availability of ongoing work.
  • Right to request a review in certain circumstances.

The operation of these provisions will be reviewed during the life of GA9.

More information can be found in the attached Guideline.

Guidance note
Employee Data Reporting

Changes to current employee data reporting obligations have been introduced in clauses 15, 18 and 19 to monitor the impact of the strategies in the instrument designed to increase the use of direct and permanent employment.

The following data is to be provided:

  • Biannual reports detailing numbers of commencements and cessations by agency, including standard high-level reasons for separations;
  • Within two months of registration, and thereafter on request, names, work locations and work email addresses of all fixed term and casual employees.

More information can be found in the attached Guideline. 

Guidance note
Employer Contract Reviews In recognition of the disruption to usual agency operations during the life of GA8, Agencies now have until the expiry of GA9 to complete the contract review described at clause 58.  
There have been a number of cosmetic changes to this clause, however additional information is intended to focus the review scope towards relevant information to assist identify opportunities to return services to direct employees, if appropriate.  
The key change to this clause is the addition of a requirement to report to the Union or JCC within three months of registration on the contracts to be subject to the review, and a target completion date. 
More information can be found in the attached link.
Guidance note
All other changes A complete list of changes can be found in the ‘Summary of Changes’ document attached. Guidance note

 

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