As indicated above, it is likely that the mandate will be regarded as lawful and reasonable for the majority of the AFP workforce. The AFPA has obtained independent legal advice on this issue which has confirmed this position. Therefore, the AFPA does not intend on challenging the mandate as whole.
There may be some grounds on which the AFPA may seek to challenge the mandate, but that would be on a case-by-case basis if the AFP refused to provide an exemption to a member who had genuine grounds for seeking being exempted. However, we stress that this would be completely dependent on that individual’s circumstances, rather than the Commissioner not having the power to issue such a mandate to the workforce at large.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against or disadvantaged in the workplace, please consider notifying us of your concerns, and we’ll assess the situation and offer you advice.