As members are aware the 2012 amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (“the Act”) introduced a number of significant changes to workers compensation benefits.
The Association’s campaign on your behalf against these amendments was successful in convincing the Government to exempt police officers from the changes. Firefighters and Paramedics also benefited from this campaign.
These changes if applied to Police Officers would have resulted in a significant reduction in entitlements to:
• Weekly payments;
• Medical expenses;
• Coverage of journey claims;
• Lump sum and pain and suffering compensation.
The significance of these exemptions is highlighted in the recent ABC story http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-07/are-workers-compensation-laws-hurt... and demonstrates the importance of maintaining this exemption.
Unions NSW is running a campaign to restore entitlements and whilst police are not affected your Association is supporting the campaign. See the following link for background information http://www.unionsnsw.org.au/general-news/workers-compensation-cuts-someone-pay
The attached circular and election notice was distributed to members on 3rd February via email and fax and, along with the Nomination form, is uploaded on the website.
The election process commences today under the control of the Australian Electoral Commission.
The Police Association of NSW congratulates the nine members of the NSW Police Force formally recognised by the Governor-General in this year’s Australia Day Awards.
The Australian Police Medal (APM) is awarded by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AV CVO, for distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force.
The awards are announced twice annually, on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday in June.
The nine recipients of the APM are:
• Superintendent Wayne Starling,
• Detective Inspector John Maricic;
• Detective Inspector Christopher Olen;
• Inspector Richard Steinborn;
• Inspector Lynette Kaesler;
• Detective Sergeant Andrew Marks;
• Sergeant Robert Minns;
• Sergeant Karen Owen; and;
• Sergeant Glenn Griffiths.
The Police Association of NSW (PANSW) today welcomed the common sense approach and decisive action by Premier, Barry O’Farrell to address the escalating problem of alcohol-fuelled violence.
Measures such as Sydney CBD lockouts, a freeze on new licences and the closure of bottle shops state-wide at 10pm are what the people of NSW have asked for and that is what the NSW Government have delivered.
Mandatory minimum jail sentences of eight years for alcohol or drug-fuelled “one punch" assaults will also be introduced. A special sitting of Parliament next week will introduce these measures. This is decisive action from the Premier, the Minister of Police and the Attorney General in protecting the community and emergency service workers.
The changes affect an expanded CBD precinct which spans from Kings Cross to Darling Harbour. No new liquor is to be approved in the zone and "periodic" risk-based licensing will be introduced for some venues.
Exactly one week ago I was getting ready to commence working my 14th New Years of the sixteen I have been a police officer. As with so many of those I was being deployed to the city, Darling Harbour in fact. On the way into town on the train with 21 of my colleagues, we were in high spirits. For the most part my experience of NYE has been one of celebration and with so many new police working their first NYE they were excited to be part of that celebration.
Arriving at our briefing we were given the standard speech of the night being one of celebration and international attention but if things turned ugly we were to take appropriate action. I was deployed to my area with a crew of three. One a 'veteran' of three NYE's and two facing their very first. One was in her 18th day of being a police officer.
The night progressed well with large numbers of families converging on Darling Harbour. Our only job was to continually smile for the barrage of photos we were asked to be in, appropriate when celebrating.
However around 11pm the night started to 'turn ugly'. I started hearing call after call of my colleagues across the entire CBD area breaking up fights and arresting 'revellers'. My precinct turned from a family environment to one of a walkway of people of varying levels of intoxication.
I ask this question as I reflect on how I spent New Year’s Eve. At 9.20pm I was standing on Victoria Street at Potts Point being briefed by a hard working team of men and women.
These young men and women had just done all they could to save the life of Daniel Christie: immediately arrested the alleged offender, comforted Daniel’s brother, rounded up dozens of witnesses and preserved the horrific crime scene. All in the space of a few minutes.
As we put the crime scene tape up, it was lost on no one that we were using a light pole bearing a tribute to Thomas Kelly to secure the tape. The way it covered his eyes in his photo was poignant, as if to say, “You don’t need to see any more of this meaningless violence”.
As the facts of the case became known my heart sank. I knew that the name of Daniel Christie would soon become known to many, for all the wrong reasons. I knew in my heart that all the campaigning that I have done to reduce alcohol fuelled violence would be swallowed up in the rhetoric of personal responsibility, one size doesn’t fit all and that it still wasn’t even 10pm.
The Association unveiled this exciting new member benefit initiative in the PANSW E-Newsletter sent to members on Tuesday 17th December.
The PANSW Privileges Program is a secure online shopping facility providing you access to over 500 retailers, three million products and bonus Cashback rewards which can be redeemed as Cash in your account.
You and your loved ones can take advantage of exclusive savings and buying opportunities with products and services from Australia and overseas.
It’s available to all members and their families and marks a significant development in what we can provide members.
If you haven't read the newsletter we would encourage you to do so and take advantage of countless discounts on presents, services and holidays.
Join the hundreds of members who are already shopping and saving.
The PANSW Privileges Program delivers you infinite rewards and benefits all year round - there is something for everyone.
We honour the late Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson VA on the first anniversary of his death.
Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson VA, a 45-year-old father of three, died after he was fatally stabbed while trying to calm a neighbourhood dispute over a bird cage in Oakville, in Sydney's northwest, on December 6 2012.
Bryson was protecting fellow police officers when he was killed. He was posthumously awarded the Valour Award and the Pride of Australia Medal for Heroism because he gave his life to serve fellow officers and to the people of NSW.
The police family is still haunted by the senseless attack and death of the veteran police officer and for Bryson’s widow, daughter and two sons, the pain is ongoing.
Bryson has left a lasting legacy; one that will never be replaced or forgotten.
He paid the ultimate price for his bravery and it’s yet another painful reminder of the risks and dangers involved in police work.
Police officers trying to protect the community routinely put their lives on the line for their chosen profession. They never know when they will find themselves in harm's way and their loved ones can never be sure they will return home.
We are all beholden to officers like Bryson Anderson.