The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has limited the pay rise that you can receive to be capped at 11.2% in total – without any allowances or changes to safety nets or broadbanding 

You are being treated as if you are the same as any public servant. This is unacceptable and frankly insulting. It does not recognise the value of the work that you do and will not raise AFP wages above where they are at present – the lowest in the country. The government thinks it can continue to undervalue the work you do and take for granted your commitment to your job to get it done.  

It took the AFPA to force the AFP to commence bargaining for the new EA in September 2023 by issuing a notice pursuant to s173(2A) of the Fair Work Act 2009. Despite the AFPA genuinely trying to reach an agreement with the AFP, those negotiations stalled at the end of October when the Commissioner of Police cancelled any further meetings scheduled for 2023. Meetings held this year have merely addressed APS Common Conditions, and the AFPA is yet to be provided with any draft conditions other than loosely worded intentions. 

The AFPA then undertook due diligence by surveying its membership, where over 75% of respondents made their intent clear when asked if they would undertake industrial action. It was an overwhelming YES. 

It is because of this, and the lack of willingness by the government to listen to our concerns, that we are again being forced to act, this time by making a Protected Action Ballot Order, to allow members to take protected industrial action to support and advance the log of claims for the new EA. 

This does not mean that we will cease bargaining on your behalf – we are as committed to the bargaining process as we have been from the start. It does mean that we will have an avenue to show the government directly that we are ready and willing to fight for the pay and conditions you deserve.