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All police officers who are members of each State, Territory and Federal Police Association and Union are members of the Police Federation of Australia, this number equates to over 60,000 members.

The importance of being a member of an Association is invaluable and as members it is important to know that YOU are the Association, not the Executive and not the staff members it is YOU. And as a member you have an obligation to ensure that the issues that are affecting yourself and your colleagues are raised and addressed by your elected officials with the relevant work areas that can assist.

Your Association has 14 elected Executive members who are there to represent the regions located throughout the Northern Territory, and in the office are seven staff members who are there to assist you in any way they can.

My role as your Industrial Officer is to ensure that you receive the right advice when it comes to industrial issues relating to the legislation under which you are bound and employed by.

The following is a list of key responsibilities and roles which I undertake in my position:

  • Provide Industrial advice to all members
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Complaints against police
  • Initial contact on member criminal matters
  • First point of contact for external legal matters
  • Interpretation of the Consent Agreement (CA), Police Arbitral Tribunal Determination (PATD) and other industrial agreements when required
  • Workers compensation matters
  • Interpretation of the NTPA Constitution, By-Laws and Schemes
  • Representation on a variety of working groups

In your role as a member of the Association it is important to know how to get the
issues that are affecting you and your colleagues raised in the correct way via a motion to be actioned by the Association on your behalf.

A motion is a formal proposal for consideration by a Branch meeting, it may be raised by members at the meeting or a member may give advance notice of the motion prior to the meeting taking place.

When choosing an issue to be raised as a motion it is important to consider the following points.

Will the issue:

  • Be winnable/partly winnable?
  • Be widely felt?
  • Be deeply felt?
  • Result in real improvement?
  • Give members a sense of their own power?
  • Be easy to understand?
  • Increase the visibility of the Association?
  • Be non-divisive among members?
  • Send a message to management?
  • Build Association solidarity?

When creating a motion, the proper format should be used to avoid any confusion.

The wording of the motion should begin with The (applicable regions name) directs the NTPA Executive to and in here you should be inserting what the result is that you are seeking.

It should be about a change or an action to be taken regarding an issue that is affecting members, an explanation or rationale should be provided why the motion is being put forward by the region.

The motion is to then be voted on by the region and forwarded on to the NTPA for actioning.

An example of a clear motion is as follows:

The Darwin Region directs the NTPA Executive to lobby the Commissioner of Police to comply with CIA Legislation regarding arrested suspects being held in a safe and secure area as required under the Legislation.

The above example clearly identifies that the Darwin Region is directing the NTPA Executive to lobby the Commissioner of Police for a certain outcome in relation to the holding of suspects at police facilities.

The Region would then follow up with a brief explanation below the motion detailing why the Region is requesting the action be taken and the impact the issue is having on the members of the Region putting forward the motion.

In most instances a member of the NTPA Executive and a staff member should be present at branch meetings to assist with any questions around putting forward motions, and if there are any specific questions in relation to my article please contact me on 0455 104 148 or email andrea.wyllie@ntpa.com.au.