President and Media Dispatch2022-08-17T15:18:33+10:00

President and Media Dispatch

This section of the AFPA Dispatch gives you greater insight into the day-to-day work of the AFPA President. The President is the voice of the Association, representing members to achieve the best employment outcomes possible.

This report provides updates on the President’s efforts to further your interests. It focuses primarily on the President’s advocacy on your behalf, including discussions with the AFP Senior Executive, the federal government, and the ACT government.

It also includes a summary of the President’s appearances on television, radio or in print.

1902, 2024

February 2024 Dispatch

Greetings everyone,This past month has seen a lot of focus on potential legislation to enshrine the ‘right to disconnect’ for AFP appointees. You can find our 7 February media release here. This reform has been on the AFPA’s agenda for some time. The recent AFPA Enterprise Agreement Membership Survey has highlighted that the majority of members are simply not afforded the opportunity to disconnect from work during their downtime. I am finalising a report speaking to the results of the survey as we speak. The findings will be a cornerstone of our upcoming media appearances and discussions with the government.The [...]

1501, 2024

January 2024 Dispatch

Hello everyone. I hope those who were able to take a break over Christmas enjoyed their time off with family and friends. I must begin by acknowledging the challenges that some of our comrades are currently facing. It can be extremely difficult to maintain a work-life balance while being a parent or a partner. Additionally, factors such as the cost of living, diverse backgrounds, and having to work away from your family further exacerbate these challenges. Regardless of the difficulties you may be encountering, I strongly encourage you to reach out for assistance if needed. There are a variety [...]

1312, 2023

December 2023 Dispatch

Greetings everyone, I would like to begin by acknowledging the death of South Australia Police (SAPOL) Brevet Sergeant Jason Doig. AFPA General Manager Paul McCue represented the Association at a state funeral for Brevet Sergeant Doig in Adelaide on Monday, December 4. I take some solace from the progress of the recent talks about a national firearms registry, and hope that Australia is continuing to move closer to a reality of fewer firearms-related crimes and assaults. I would also like to express my condolences to SAPOL Commissioner Grant Stevens and his family on the loss of his son Charlie. [...]

1511, 2023

November 2023 Dispatch

Greetings everyone, The EA has remained a core focus for the Association over the last month, and we have held musters in Sydney and Adelaide recently to ensure that our members have the latest information and the chance to engage with us face to face. We will also be conducting musters in Canberra commencing 20 November 2023. The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has formalised a policy that significantly constrains the environment where the EA can take shape. The APSC has capped pay increases at 11.2% over a three-year period with no front loading allowed and has also disallowed [...]

1710, 2023

October 2023 Dispatch

Hello everyone, and welcome to the October edition of the AFPA Dispatch. A few weeks ago saw the end of the Heart2Heart Walk. The Walk sought to raise awareness and funds for first responders living with mental health injuries acquired during the course of their duties, with participants walking from the centre of Australia all the way to Parliament House in Canberra. The Walk officially concluded on Thursday 28 September, the day before National Police Remembrance Day. On Saturday 16 September, AFPA staff were on hand at EPIC in Canberra to welcome the Wall to Wall Riders as they [...]

1309, 2023

September 2023 Dispatch

It has been a while since our last Dispatch. In the last few weeks, I have been travelling around Australia to conduct member musters with the support of AFPA Industrial and Membership staff.The musters proved very fruitful and constructive. I was especially pleased with the high attendance of members and prospective members, notably at some of the more remote AFP locations.These musters would not have been possible without the support of the AFPA’s network of Workplace Delegates and Convenors; I would like to thank them all for their tireless assistance, both with these musters and the ongoing support they provide [...]

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