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The Police Association of New South Wales (PANSW) was founded on 8 September 1920 to represent the best interests of the serving police officers of New South Wales.

The PANSW is a registered trade union organisation pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act and represents the professional and industrial interests of more than 17,000 Full Members, covering all ranks of sworn police officers in NSW. In addition retired officers often retain an Associate Membership.

The PANSW is governed by the Executive that meets for two days every second month. The Executive consists of elected members from across every region of the state, including a representative of Commissioned Officers, who perform this function in a voluntary capacity in addition to their regular policing duties. Within the Executive there are three dedicated Executive Officer positions: President/ CEO, Vice President and Treasurer.

The Association’s key democratic decision-making event is its Biennial Conference – held every two years. Policy directions and priorities are set at the Conference, and matters affecting the membership arising between Conferences are addressed by the Executive.

The highly skilled staff of the Association work to support the Executive and local branch officials to influence and achieve meaningful advances across a broad range of issues. The driving purpose of this work is to improve and protect the working conditions, rights and entitlements of PANSW Members.

The PANSW’s internal structure is headed by a Secretary and Assistant Secretaries. Teams consist of Organisers and an Industrial Division (assigned by region and supported by an Information Organising Centre), a Legal Services Division, Administrative Services, Member Support, Research and Communications.

The PANSW is affiliated with the Police Federation of Australia, Unions NSW and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Links to Association Rules and Association Reports are located on our Member-only pages – Member Login.