L&I-newsletter2022-08-29T13:33:18+10:00

Legal and Industrial Dispatch

If you’ve ever required assistance from your Association, help has likely been provided through our Legal and Industrial team. AFPA industrial officers give advice and support to members facing employment-related issues.

Whether it be a Professional Standards investigation, interpretation of the Enterprise Agreement, submitting a Comcare claim, or representation during a dispute; your Association is here to help.

The AFPA Legal and Industrial report ensures you are up-to-date with the work of the legal and industrial team, including any collective industrial issues and ongoing litigation. It also gives an oversight on any emerging trends that we are seeing in our case work, as well as providing reminders to ensure you are making the most of your Enterprise Agreement entitlements.

911, 2022

Timeframes for Industrial and Legal Matters

We would once again like to encourage members to reach out to us as soon as reasonably possible for any assistance they may require for industrial/legal advice and assistance. This places us in the best position to assist you in relation to your matter. We especially encourage members to be aware of certain timeframes for specific matters. With this in mind, we provide the following information regarding common deadlines: Comcare While they are no time limits to lodge a Comcare claim for psychological or physical injury, we strongly advise members, as a rule of thumb, to do so sooner [...]

2610, 2022

Workers’ Compensation Claims – Comcare

Prior to submitting any claims for Workers’ Compensation, it is important that members contact the AFPA for advice and assistance. We can provide invaluable assistance to members when they are preparing a claim. Claims for Workers’ Compensation for injuries or illnesses are not always straightforward. The burden of proof of injury remains with the worker who must be able to prove their employment is a significant contributing factor to their injury or disease. For a Comcare claim to be accepted, claimants must show that they are a ‘worker’ as defined in the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation [...]

2109, 2022

Help us Help you

Your Legal and Industrial (L&I) Team want you to get the most out of our service and for your matter to be dealt with as promptly and efficiently as possible The Cardinal Rule The most important request we have for you is to notify us as soon as possible if either an issue has arisen, or you anticipate that an issue may arise! It is better to pre-empt an issue and to engage us right away rather than leave it to the last minute. Examples of this may include: reaching out to us before you submit [...]

2109, 2022

Successful Policing Experience Result – Mounted Unit

Members may recall that in our dispatch on 16 June 2021, we relayed advice received from AFP Industrial Relations regarding how Policing Experience is determined and members’ ability to have previous roles recognised as Policing Experience. Policing Experience is recognised under section 8(XLIV) of the EA and is defined as: “time spent in a role that is restricted to police due to the requirement to exercise police powers and/or police experience, knowing and training. This can include Police Experience from another policing organisation or any role determined by the Commissioner.” The decision to have previous employment classified as Policing [...]

2208, 2022

End of Three-Month Averaging Period

The end of the current averaging period is nearly upon us! This Three-Month Averaging Period is due to end on 31 August 2022. In preparation for this, we urge members to be mindful of their obligations at the end of an averaging period. Operations Working Pattern Members are required to work an average of 40 hours per week over a Three-Month Averaging Period. Time Recordings Members must ensure their time recordings are submitted to their supervisors for approval within a maximum of seven days from the completion of duty. If this is not possible due to [...]

1708, 2022

Flexible Working Arrangment

All AFP employees covered by the AFP Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020 or the AFP Executive Level Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019 are entitled to request a flexible working environment to accommodate, wherever possible, an employee’s preferences to achieve a healthy work-life balance while still meeting the operational requirements of the AFP. FWAs allow members to achieve a healthy work-life balance by way of increased flexibility in how they may perform their roles. All AFP appointees are able to apply for an FWA for various reasons, with approved applications being considerate of operational requirements and the reason behind the request. FWAs [...]

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