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 came to the end of a mammoth ride honouring fallen mates and raising funds for the different Australian Police Legacy bodies.

AFPA General Manager Paul McCue and I attended the ACT Regional Morning Service at 9 a.m. and the National Service at 4 p.m. – both services held at the National Police Memorial in Parkes.

I would again like to acknowledge the fantastic support of our sponsors for their kind donation of funds and merchandise (totalling $5,000) for the raffle and show bags we were able to make available to the Riders. Through these donations, we were able to raise in excess of $ 1,000 for AUSPOL, the AFPA’s police welfare charity.

Thank you to:

The arrival of the Wall to Wall Riders was part of Police Week. Police Week concluded on 29 September with the observance of National Police Remembrance Day.

National Police Remembrance Day is a significant occasion on the policing calendar, both for the AFPA membership as well as the broader Australasian policing community. Representatives of all Australian policing services attend the National Police Memorial to lay wreaths and pay their respects. The Memorial comprises the flags of each jurisdiction and a wall of touchstones, each representing a fallen member.

Tragically, three touchstones were added this year. Again, the AFPA acknowledges the selfless service of QPS Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow and WAPOL Constable Anthony Woods.

The AFPA’s EA Bargaining Team is continuing its involvement in the EA 2023 bargaining meetings. In lieu of a separate EA report, I will be posting a video update after each meeting; click here to access a playlist and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Please also visit our EA page to learn more and submit a suggestion to inform this next EA for AFP appointees.

Below, you can find a summary of the media appearances I have made over September.

As always, stay safe and please reach out if you need assistance at any time.

In unity,

Alex

Media Releases
15/09/23 Bail after allegedly fracturing a child’s skull AFPA Website
08/09/23 Should a police officer’s mental health wait for debate?  AFPA Website
External Media
03/10/23 AFP officers in 20 per cent pay push  The Australian
14/09/23 Federal Police caught up in huge law firm data breach  The Senior
14/09/23 AFP Officer data leaked to dark web  Yahoo News
14/09/23 AFP officer data impacted by cyber attack  9News
07/09/23 Calls for police compensation reforms to be removed from IR bill  The Australian
06/09/23 Federal Police Association cautions APSC over stalling their pay negotiations  The Mandarin
06/09/23 ‘These reforms will be life changing’ Senator David Pocock calls for IR bill to be split  Canberra Times