AFPA Member Meetings 2018

A program of delegate and member meetings at AFP offices around the country for 2018 has been provisionally set. AFPA President Angela Smith and AFPA Vice President Graeme Cooper look forward to the opportunity to hear directly from you about issues and events in your workplace and to provide information about activities and issues being undertaken or pertinent to the AFPA.
Further information and a list of scheduled meetings can be found here.

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Industrial Dispatches

AFPA Industrial Dispatch #30

  • Professional Standards (PRS) investigations
  • Comcare claims
  • What is “no win-no fee” legal representation?
  • Mental Health Senate Inquiry – Reminder
  • Industrial Queries


AFP and AFPA merchandise catalogue and prices can be found here

Welcome to BLUESTAR March 2018

This Month:

In this Issue:

  • Sydney Hotel Bombing – Victims Remembered
  • Training our PNG Colleagues
  • Keeping our Prime Minister safe

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Senate Inquiry into Mental Health of First Responders – AFPA Submission

The Education and Employment Senate Committee is conducting an inquiry into the role of Commonwealth, state, and territory Governments in addressing the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers, with particular reference to:

  1. the nature and underlying causes of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers;
  2. research identifying linkages between first responder and emergency service occupations, and the incidence of mental health conditions;
  3. management of mental health conditions in first responder and emergency services organisations, factors that may impede adequate management of mental health within the workplace and opportunities for improvement, including:
    • reporting of mental health conditions,
    • specialised occupational mental health support and treatment services,
    • workers’ compensation,
    • workplace culture and management practices,
    • occupational function and return-to-work arrangements,
    • collaboration between first responder and emergency services organisations,
    • post-retirement mental health support services, and
    • resource allocation; and
  4. any other related matters.

The AFPA is currently preparing a submission for this inquiry on behalf of members.

If you have any information or experiences you would like us to consider for inclusion in the submission, please send us an email at by Tuesday, 12 June.

Any information put forward will be de-identified and members will remain anonymous, unless otherwise specified.