22 March 2020 

The Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) continues to work closely with the NT Police department regarding the rapidly evolving situation around COVID-19 and the impact on our members and their families.  This follows yesterday’s announcement by the Chief Minister and Police Commissioner outlining the NT’s strict border controls which will come into effect on Tuesday 24th March at 4.00pm.
NTPA President, Paul McCue, has been briefed by Assistant Commissioner, Michael White, who provided updates specific to that announcement.

“We appreciate this is a fluid situation and we’re doing everything we can to obtain answers to the various questions which arise around industrial entitlements, for the weeks and months ahead. As a priority, we are seeking information around remote deployment to communities, as well as border posts, and specifically industrial conditions in relation to this unique and specific deployment.

“Our primary focus is the welfare and wellbeing of our members being deployed to the borders, regional and remote areas and, more generally, in the wider community. They’re now on the frontline of a global health emergency and it’s absolutely vital they have the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), and adequate processes and procedures are in place to ensure their safety.

“Our members are being called on to undertake an unprecedented and essential role to keep the Northern Territory safe from the spread of COVID-19. We want to thank all our members and their families, for their dedication and bravery in serving our community, we are proud to support them in this role,” said Mr McCue.

Mr McCue is also working with Union and Association presidents from all jurisdictions in relation to member implications for border controls and will take part in a Police Federation of Australia (PFA) teleconference tomorrow morning.


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