Sunday 25 February 2024

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NSW puts the public back in public housing upkeep

NSW puts the public back in public housing upkeep

Minister reverses yet another outsourcing failure.

The maintenance of the state’s public housing stock has been returned to Housing NSW.

Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) staff have now been briefed on the proposed reform of the Portfolio Management Branch.

The PSA will be involved in the transition.

The maintenance contract, which commences on 1 July 2024, involves significant organisational change and the creation of several business units to accommodate a more hands-on approach to the upkeep of housing stock.

The reform itself is subject to a Change Management Plan (CMP). The CMP outlines the rationale for change, the processes for filling roles and the timelines. Consistent with the position the union has advocated for on behalf of members, all staff have been assigned to a role in the draft organisational design.

“For some members, there will be little change in the functions that they administer,” said PSA CPSU NSW General Secretary Stewart Little. “However, there will be changes for some roles which require training and support.

“LAHC will be delivering an education program to provide the necessary upskilling and support for members to accommodate their new proposed roles.”

As part of the consultation obligations, LAHC had to take into account the feedback and views of members.

The PSA urged members to provide their feedback to LAHC.

“This is a welcome development,” said Mr Little. “It is encouraging that we have a State Government in Macquarie Street that is not only listening to our concerns, it is taking real concrete action.”

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