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    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Report into the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA) tabled in Queensland Parliament today

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Report into the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA) tabled in Queensland Parliament today

    Today, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services Bill Byrne tabled in parliament a report into an independent review of the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA).

    Minister Byrne said the review had been conducted by the Public Service Commission over a six month period in 2015, and fulfils an election commitment to address management and union concerns about the operations of the PSBA.

    The Public Safety Business Agency (or PSBA) was created by the former Newman Government in 2013 following a recommendation of the Keelty review into Police and Community Safety operations.

    “At the time of its creation, I placed on record my concerns with the former government’s agenda to drive outsourcing and privatisation through the PSBA, and with the placement of uniformed officers in a support agency,” Minister Byrne said.

    “Since then, I have heard concerns from staff across the portfolio about the way the PSBA has been operating, the levels of support provided to frontline staff, the encroachment of the PSBA on – particularly Police – activities, and the concerns of uniformed Police officers working in the PSBA.

    “That’s why we committed to conducting a review, to determine whether the PSBA is effectively supporting public safety service delivery to the community.

    Minister Byrne said the review contains findings and recommendations to change the operating model and organisational structure of the PSBA and refocus it as a corporate services support agency.

    “These recommendations have been accepted by government and are another example of the Palaszczuk Government getting on with the job,” he said.

    Minister Byrne said implementation of the review’s findings would result in some changes for staff, but that all changes would be undertaken in accordance with the government’s commitment to public sector employment security.

    “I am confident that through the implementation of the report’s recommendations, a more effective and efficient support service will be provided to the public safety agencies, which in turn, will enable them to deliver a better service to the community.”

    The full report can be accessed here: www.psc.qld.gov.au

     

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