Voting on the EA has now commenced and closes at 4pm Thursday 14 December

LIVESTREAM – MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017 – 1300 AEDST

If you miss the opportunity to attend one of our member meetings or would like to hear from us again before you vote, we invite you to join us via livestream for a member information session on Monday 11 December at 1pm AEDST.

Further details on how to access this livestream will be provided once confirmed.

We look forward to having one last opportunity to speak with you and answer any queries you might have before you vote

CONTACT US

  • If you have further questions or would like more information, please send an email to afpa@afpa.org.au
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    This morning the electronic ballot opens for the AFPA Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020. Voting will end at 4pm (AEDT) Thursday 14th December 2017.

    The AFPA's position in respect of supporting the proposed Agreement is pragmatic.We are not offering a glowing endorsement of the document or indeed the process, rather, we now feel support for the proposed Agreement is in the best interests of employees, noting the broad similarities between the proposed Agreement and EA2012 and the time taken to reach this point. Further delay is unlikely to yield additional improvement.

    For members who have not had the opportunity to hear from us this week, we are holding a Livestream commencing 1.00pm (AEDT) Monday 11 December. You can access the Livestream here and on our website at ea2017.afpa.org.au/

    Email the AFPA at afpa@afpa.org.au with any questions you may have!
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  • ACCESS PERIOD

    What is the access period?
    As defined under section 180(4) of the Fair Work Act (2009), the access period is the period ending immediately before voting begins; this period must be a minimum of seven days. The AFP will be providing an eight- day access period.
    During the access period the AFP is required to ensure that all eligible voters have been provided with, or have access to a copy of the proposed agreement, as well as any other material referenced in the proposed agreement.
    The access period allows all eligible voters to review and consider the proposed agreement prior to voting commencing. During this time no changes can be made to the proposed agreement.
    The Access Period commenced on Thursday 30 November and closed on Friday 8 December 2017.

    VOTING PERIOD

    The voting period will commence immediately after the access period. The voting process will be carried out by an external ballot provider, and you will be able to vote online or via phone.
    Voting will be open for a period of seven calendar days.
    The voting period commenced on Friday 8 December and closes at 4pm Thursday 14 December 2017.
    Voting instructions will be sent to employees via email to their AFP email address, or an alternate email address where one has been nominated. We encourage members who will be absent over the access or voting period to advise the EA Bargaining team at ea2017@afp.gov.au of alternate contact details as soon as possible, if they anticipate they will not be able to access AFP Net emails during the voting period.
    What happens at the end of the vote
    The vote outcome is determined by the majority (50% plus one) of votes. The result of the vote will should be known on Friday 15 December and will be communicated to all staff as soon as possible after the vote closes. What happens from this point on depends on the outcome of the vote.
    If there is a ‘yes’ vote
    The proposed agreement will be submitted to the Fair Work Commission for assessment. Before approving the agreement the Fair Work Commission must be satisfied that the AFP has met all requirements of the Fair Work Act; including:
    • the pre-approval steps taken
    • that the agreement does not contain terms which exclude provisions of the National Employment Standards (NES)
    • that certain terms are contained in the agreement.
    The Fair Work Commission must also ensure the agreement passes the better off overall test. This test requires that each of the employees to be covered by the agreement is better off overall than under the relevant modern award. The better off overall test is outlined in section 193 of the Fair Work Act.
    If approved by the Fair Work Commission, the agreement will commence seven days from approval.
    If there is a ‘no’ vote
    In the event of a ‘no’ vote, your terms and conditions will remain unchanged and no salary increase will be applied.
    The AFPA will engage with members in relation to next steps before bargaining recommences on a revised proposal that would need to go to a third vote.

    AFPA Position

    The AFPA believes support for this proposed Enterprise Agreement is in your interests as an AFPA member.
    The AFPA campaigned strongly for a NO Vote in June, because that Agreement would have seen you worse off.
    Since bargaining recommenced, the AFP has addressed those important provisions we highlighted before the vote.
    The AFPA believes the proposed Enterprise Agreement maintains our important terms and conditions and provides the largest pay increase available under the Workplace Bargaining Policy.
    Why you should Vote Yes, this time:
    • The proposed Enterprise Agreement maintains all our important workplace terms and conditions
    • The pay rise offers of 3%-2%-1% represents about $2,000 additional income over the life of the Agreement
    • Allowances have been maintained and will increase with the pay rises
    • You will continue to receive two MRDs each six-months
    • For the Rostered Operations Working Pattern, shift change notification time remains the same
    • For the Operations Working Pattern, proposed ‘Flexibility Descriptors’ have been removed and the 60-hour in 7-day Safety Net returned
    • Broadbands which exist at the commencement of the Agreement cannot be changed or removed during the life of the Agreement
    • The High-Volume arrangements have been returned to the Operations Working Pattern.
    Why is an acceptable Agreement being offered at this time?
    Simply, the outcome of the vote for the first proposed Agreement was extraordinary and forced the AFP to abandon those changes the AFPA objected to before the vote.
    A No Vote would be counter-productive:
    The Workplace Bargaining Policy imposes significant constraints on the ability of the AFP to offer a better Agreement to employees. The AFPA has advocated strongly to government for an exemption from the policy, but this has not been forthcoming. The AFPA believes the proposed Agreement represents the best outcome which can be achieved through this bargaining process.

    The Agreement

    Click here  for a copy of the Australian Federal Police Enterprise (1) Agreement 2017 – ­2020