Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 02, 2023


Police Employees Psychological Review

240 The Hon. L.A. HENDERSON ().8 March 2023).

1. Have the 300 employees identified under the employee assistance section policy 14, who are in roles where there is higher psychological demand, completed their required annual psychological reviews in the past 10 years?

2. What does the psychological review entail?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services has advised:

A police employee's manager is accountable to monitor if an employee is fulfilling the requirements of their position information document (PID). The employee assistance section (EAS) facilitates these reviews, but the work group maintains their own records of compliance.

While the employee's manager has knowledge of whether the review has been completed, the content discussed remains confidential within EAS guidelines.

SAPOL does not have a centralised system to monitor compliance and cannot report the rate of compliance in the past 10 years.

A psychosocial review requires an assessment to be conducted. The review focuses on areas including work duties and relationships, stress management techniques, physical health and fitness and significant work and life experiences.

Where the clinician identifies any areas of concern, they will provide further support.