Welcome to the second edition of the AFPA Dispatch.
I would firstly like to acknowledge the passing of Elizabeth II, and the ascension of His Majesty King Charles III.
Over the last month, there have been a few important meetings I have had or been involved in:
On 5 and 6 September, I attended the Association Forum of Leaders Conference. At the Conference, I met various leaders from other Australian associations, and the focus of the day was very much on member benefits and how associations can improve their value proposition in this area. Presentations also touched on recruitment and retention, COVID, labour issues and legal matters.
On 9 September, I laid a wreath on behalf of the Association at the Pond of Remembrance at the AFP College in honour of those members who have unfortunately passed away.
Last Saturday (17 September), I was at the 2022 Wall to Wall Riders as they arrive in Canberra and gather at the National Police Memorial to pay their respects to fallen members. An all-member email has already gone out with further details for those who would like to attend.
This week (w/c 19 September), I will be at the Police Federation of Australia (PFA) Federal Council in my capacity as PFA Vice-President, and will also be accompanying Vice-President Clare Fitzpatrick, AFPA Executive member Jane Thompson and AFPA Senior Industrial Officer Maria Nazir at the Women’s Advisory Committee.