Australia's ONLY Commonwealth Law Enforcement Association
- We are the only professional organisation available to all AFP employees. Associate membership is also available to any Commonwealth Law Enforcement employee.
- Membership is organised into Zones established within your own area or function.
- Members elect their own representatives, ensuring employees retain control over their own issues.
- Provides dual membership of our Association and the Police Federation of Australia.
- AFPA membership is 1% of base salary, plus composite penalty rate and if applicable any higher duty allowance, however fortnightly salary deductions to the AFPA are still set at a cap of $41.50 and a base of $22.00. That is, you pay 1% or a minimum of $22 up to a maximum of $41.50. The cap and base will automatically adjust in relation to future pay rises. The increase currently reflects the payrise in the recently passed Enterprise Agreement.
Another good reason to join now - Limitations on Legal and Financial Assistance for Retrospective Actions
As you may be aware from browsing the membership pack and our website, the AFPA provides many services, some of which include specialised legal and industrial advice and financial assistance in certain legal and industrial actions.
Most of our members join the AFPA at the very beginning of their employment with the AFP, however some members also choose to wait before joining the AFPA. While all financial members are entitled to the full AFPA services once joined, members that have chosen to wait some time, or that have joined subsequent to having knowledge of an action or issue involving them, will have some limitations in assistance for retrospective actions that occurred prior to joining.
Members that have been employed with the AFP, and were not a member of the AFPA, will have their legal and industrial assistance limited to verbal advice only for matters that occurred while they were not members. To the major majority of members, this will not create any issues. Under industrial legislation, we are restricted to providing assistance to our member's only, therefore, we cannot provide direct assistance for matters involving employees who were not our members at the time the incident or employee dispute arose.
Our current and new members have expressed positive agreement with this limitation as it allows our member contributions to go directly to those who are contributors to the Association. Further, it allows us to provide full assistance for new members from the date of the start of their membership, as opposed to having a waiting period for full assistance. It is therefore very beneficial to join now to take full advantage of legal and industrial assistance for matters that will occur in the future, and likewise to limit the possibility of having limited assistance if joining after the event, when the need for assistance arises.
Application for Membership
The Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA) is proud to enrol both full and Associate members. To be eligible for full membership an applicant must be an employee of the Australian Federal Police and eligible to participate as a full member in compliance with the Workplace Relations Act 1996. To be eligible for Associate membership an employee must be a previous employee of the Australian Federal Police, an employee of the Commonwealth engaged in a law enforcement role or such other employee as deemed eligible for Associate membership by the AFPA.
An Associate member has full access to all services offered by the AFPA and shares all the rights and obligations of full membership other than those entitlements precluded by the Workplace Relations Act.