PIA2024-05-28T17:05:46+10:00

Protected industrial action (PIA) refers to lawful industrial action taken by employees and their union representatives during negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement, or when disputes arise in the workplace. PIA can include strikes, stoppages of work, bans on performing certain tasks, and other actions aimed at putting pressure on employers to address employees’ concerns during bargaining.

PIA is conducted in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and must comply with specific requirements to be considered lawful. As the industrial action is protected, the employer cannot take adverse action against any employee for taking part in it.

The AFPA has taken all the necessary steps to prepare for taking PIA, but now we need you.

Below is the list of Protected Industrial Actions and the status of each action:

  • Green: Action is active in all locations and can be undertaken by any AFPA member.
  • Amber: Action is active in limited locations and can only be undertaken by members who are directly contacted by the AFPA.
  • Red: Action is not to be undertaken at this time.

PIA Active

Action is active in all locations and can be undertaken by any AFPA member.

Order No. Action Location Who can undertake the action?
1 Action: Indefinite or periodic bans on members agreeing to perform voluntary duties
Time Recording: No (Fact Sheet will be available soon)
Restriction on performing this action: Nil
All Locations All AFPA Members
2 Action: Indefinite or periodic bans on all forms of criminal or traffic infringement notices, except for traffic infringement notices relating to drunk / drug driving, antisocial or dangerous driving behaviours or penalty notices triggering an immediate disqualification or suspension of licence
Time Recording: No (Fact Sheet will be available soon)
Restriction on performing this action: Nil
All Locations All AFPA Members
9 Action: Indefinite or periodic bans on a member contacting another member (the second member) who is not in receipt of an availability allowance, outside the second member’s working hours, except for in the circumstance of an emergency situation or genuine welfare matter
Time Recording: No Time Recording (Fact Sheet 6, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Nil (except for circumstance of emergency or genuine welfare)
All Locations All AFPA Members
15 Action: The interruption of work periodically at any location, over an indefinite period or for specified periods, to allow members to speak to the public, media, politicians and/or government representatives about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
Time Recording: Yes (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction on performing this action: Only undertaken between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon each shift for up to 30 mins
All Locations All AFPA Members
16 Action: The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order for members to write on AFP vehicles at any location, with non-permanent markings on the vehicle to inform the public about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
Time Recording: Yes (Fact Sheet 2, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Action can only be undertaken between 10:30 am - 12:30pm and between 2:30pm-4:30pm, for up to 5 mins
All Locations All AFPA Members
17 Action: The indefinite or periodic interruption of work for members to park any AFP vehicle at any location, with non-permanent markings on the vehicle to inform the public about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
Time Recording: Yes (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction on performing this action: Action can only be undertaken between 8am - 10am and between 3pm-5pm each shift, for up to 30 mins
All locations All AFPA Members
18 Action: The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order to affix campaign material in work locations stating the concerns of members relating to workloads and staffing shortages
Time Recording: Yes (Fact Sheet 3, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Action can only be taken during first or last hour of the shift, for up to 5 mins
All Locations All AFPA Members
19 Action: The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order to affix campaign material such as pins, stickers, or badges to uniforms and other work locations
Time Recording:Yes (Fact Sheet 3, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Action can only be taken during first or last hour of the shift, for up to 5 mins.
All Locations All AFPA Members
20 Action: The indefinite or periodic interruption of work to don apparel that is Hi-Vis, colourful and/or with union logo and slogans
Time Recording: Yes (Fact Sheet 7, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Action can only be taken during first or last hour of the shift, for up to 5 mins
All Locations All AFPA Members
33 Action: Indefinite or periodic bans on the filling in of AFP vehicle logbooks
Time Recording: No Time Recording (Fact Sheet 5, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Nil
All Locations All AFPA Members
36 Action: Indefinite or periodic bans on attendance at AFP offices where tasks can be undertaken remotely
Time Recording: No Time Recording (Fact Sheet 12, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Only undertake three days per week
All Locations All AFPA Members
List of Actions
Order No. 1
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on members agreeing to perform voluntary duties
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction of Performing this action Nil
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 2
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on all forms of criminal or traffic infringement notices, except for traffic infringement notices relating to drunk / drug driving, antisocial or dangerous driving behaviours or penalty notices triggering an immediate disqualification or suspension of licence
Time Recording No Time Recording (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction of Performing this action Nil
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 9
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on a member contacting another member (the second member) who is not in receipt of an availability allowance, outside the second member’s working hours, except for in the circumstance of an emergency situation or genuine welfare matter
Time Recording No Time Recording (Fact Sheet 6, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Nil (except for circumstance of emergency or genuine welfare)
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 15
Action The interruption of work periodically at any location, over an indefinite period or for specified periods, to allow members to speak to the public, media, politicians and/or government representatives about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction of Performing this action Only undertaken between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon each shift for up to 30 mins
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 16
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order for members to write on AFP vehicles at any location, with non-permanent markings on the vehicle to inform the public about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet 2, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Action can only be undertaken between 10:30 am - 12:30pm and between 2:30pm-4:30pm, for up to 5 mins
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 17
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work for members to park any AFP vehicle at any location, with non-permanent markings on the vehicle to inform the public about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction of Performing this action Action can only be undertaken between 8am - 10am and between 3pm-5pm each shift, for up to 30 mins
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 18
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order to affix campaign material in work locations stating the concerns of members relating to workloads and staffing shortages
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet 3, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Action can only be taken during first or last hour of the shift, for up to 5 mins
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 19
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order to affix campaign material such as pins, stickers, or badges to uniforms and other work locations
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet 3, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Action can only be taken during first or last hour of the shift, for up to 5 mins
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 20
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work to don apparel that is Hi-Vis, colourful and/or with union logo and slogans
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet 7, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Action can only be taken during first or last hour of the shift, for up to 5 mins
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 33
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the filling in of AFP vehicle logbooks
Time Recording No Time Recording (Fact Sheet 5, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Nil
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members
Order No. 36
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on attendance at AFP offices where tasks can be undertaken remotely
Time Recording No (Fact Sheet 12, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Only undertake three days per week
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? All AFPA Members

PIA Active in Limited Locations

Action is active in limited locations and are to be undertaken by members who are contacted by AFPA.

Order No. Action Location Who can undertake the action?
3 Action: Indefinite or periodic bans on the attendance at any Australian Court as informants or witnesses other than in reply to a subpoena
Time Recording: No (Fact Sheet 4, Click Here)
Restriction on performing this action: Nil
All Locations Only AFPA members who are contacted by the AFPA to perform this specific action
4 Action: Indefinite or periodic bans on the transport of witnesses for the Office of Public Prosecutions
Time Recording: No
Restriction on performing this action: Nil
All Locations Only AFPA members who are contacted by the AFPA to perform this specific action
21 Action: The indefinite or periodic interruption of work for members to park police vehicles in front of speed cameras, at school zones and any Australian Federal Police related Government facility while displaying emergency lights
Time Recording: Yes (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction on performing this action: : Only undertake between 8 am and 10 am, and between 3 pm and 5 pm each shift for up to 30 mins
All Locations Only AFPA members who are contacted by the AFPA to perform this specific action
List of Actions
Order No. 3
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the attendance at any Australian Court as informants or witnesses other than in reply to a subpoena
Time Recording No (Fact Sheet 4, Click Here)
Restriction of Performing this action Nil
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? Only AFPA members who are contacted by the AFPA to perform this specific action
Order No. 4
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the transport of witnesses for the Office of Public Prosecutions
Time Recording No
Restriction of Performing this action Nil
Location All locations
Who can undertake the action? Only AFPA members who are contacted by the AFPA to perform this specific action
Order No. 21
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work for members to park police vehicles in front of speed cameras, at school zones and any Australian Federal Police related Government facility while displaying emergency lights
Time Recording Yes (Fact Sheet will be avaliable soon)
Restriction of Performing this action Only undertake between 8:00 am and 10:00 am, and between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm each shift for up to 30 mins
Location All Locations
Who can undertake the action? Only AFPA members who are contacted by the AFPA to perform this specific action

PIA Inactive

Action is not to be undertaken at this time.

Order No. Action
5 Indefinite or periodic bans on the collection of data, recording of daily industrial action instances and provision of information to the Australian Federal Police and Government regarding protected industrial actions
6 Indefinite or periodic bans on the giving of a direction by a member to another member to perform work which is inconsistent with any form of protected industrial action
7 Indefinite or periodic bans on compliance with a direction to perform work which is inconsistent with any form of protected industrial action
8 The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order for members to speak to the media in relation to the bargaining process, protected industrial action and concerns regarding workloads, Australian Federal Police resource shortages or disadvantages with the existing Enterprise Agreement
10 The indefinite or periodic interruption of work, in order to change signature blocks in emails and replace it with the protected industrial action signature block and campaign messages circulated by The Australian Federal Police Association
11 Indefinite or periodic bans on the preparation and entry of Management Significant Entries into any Information Management System provided there is no identifiable risk to public safety
12 Indefinite or periodic bans on the collection of administrative statistics
13 When requested by a member of the public to sign a statutory declaration or witness a document, the indefinite or periodic interruption of work to inform them about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
14 The interruption of work periodically, over an indefinite period or for specified periods, when answering the phone to inform the public about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign, provided that the phone call does not relate to an emergency matter
22 The indefinite or periodic bans on attending any Federal Politicians functions or events that do not carry a “significant” threat rating or higher
23 Indefinite or periodic bans on escorting Federal Politicians through airports where there is no known or assessed risk
24 Indefinite or periodic bans on investigating any referrals sent to the AFP from the offices of Federal Politicians where no offence has been committed
25 Indefinite or periodic bans on any liaison visits to any Federal Politicians offices as well as any Foreign Embassy or Consulates
26 Indefinite or periodic bans on assistance in the controlled delivery of substituted illicit drugs or other substituted illicit items
27 Indefinite or periodic bans on assistance to other Commonwealth Agencies Executing Warrants, or other processes including arrest, where there is no need for a Specialist Tactical Resource
28 Indefinite or periodic bans on attendance at Australia Post mail centres and calls for assistance for detection of drug packages
29 Indefinite or periodic bans on AFP involvement in other Commonwealth investigations (Tobacco (excise), Fraud, etc.) unless so entrenched in Organised Crime as to make it necessary
30 Indefinite or periodic bans on familiarisation tours for dignitaries and International Protected Persons
31 Indefinite or periodic bans on the provision of information to the Australian Institute of Criminology
32 Indefinite or periodic bans on the provision of training to other Commonwealth Agencies or international equivalents
34 Indefinite or periodic bans on involvement in CACT operations
35 Indefinite or periodic bans on the submission of criminal asset restraining orders to court
List of Actions
Order No. 5
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the collection of data, recording of daily industrial action instances and provision of information to the Australian Federal Police and Government regarding protected industrial actions
Order No. 6
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the giving of a direction by a member to another member to perform work which is inconsistent with any form of protected industrial action
Order No. 7
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on compliance with a direction to perform work which is inconsistent with any form of protected industrial action
Order No. 8
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work in order for members to speak to the media in relation to the bargaining process, protected industrial action and concerns regarding workloads, Australian Federal Police resource shortages or disadvantages with the existing Enterprise Agreement
Order No. 10
Action The indefinite or periodic interruption of work, in order to change signature blocks in emails and replace it with the protected industrial action signature block and campaign messages circulated by The Australian Federal Police Association
Order No. 11
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the preparation and entry of Management Significant Entries into any Information Management System provided there is no identifiable risk to public safety
Order No. 12
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the collection of administrative statistics
Order No. 13
Action When requested by a member of the public to sign a statutory declaration or witness a document, the indefinite or periodic interruption of work to inform them about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign
Order No. 14
Action The interruption of work periodically, over an indefinite period or for specified periods, when answering the phone to inform the public about the Australian Federal Police Association industrial relations campaign, provided that the phone call does not relate to an emergency matter
Order No. 22
Action The indefinite or periodic bans on attending any Federal Politicians functions or events that do not carry a “significant” threat rating or higher
Order No. 23
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on escorting Federal Politicians through airports where there is no known or assessed risk
Order No. 24
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on investigating any referrals sent to the AFP from the offices of Federal Politicians where no offence has been committed
Order No. 25
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on any liaison visits to any Federal Politicians offices as well as any Foreign Embassy or Consulates
Order No. 26
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on assistance in the controlled delivery of substituted illicit drugs or other substituted illicit items
Order No. 27
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on assistance to other Commonwealth Agencies Executing Warrants, or other processes including arrest, where there is no need for a Specialist Tactical Resource
Order No. 28
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on attendance at Australia Post mail centres and calls for assistance for detection of drug packages
Order No. 29
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on AFP involvement in other Commonwealth investigations (Tobacco (excise), Fraud, etc.) unless so entrenched in Organised Crime as to make it necessary
Order No. 30
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on familiarisation tours for dignitaries and International Protected Persons
Order No. 31
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the provision of information to the Australian Institute of Criminology
Order No. 32
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the provision of training to other Commonwealth Agencies or international equivalents
Order No. 34
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on involvement in CACT operations
Order No. 35
Action Indefinite or periodic bans on the submission of criminal asset restraining orders to court

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