Become a Member
Posted 12 Apr '17

APA (NSW) Member Update – Commencement of Shift

APA (NSW) Member Update

Commencement of Shift

Thursday 13 April 2017

Dear Member,

Following the update from Service Delivery yesterday that paramedics could be responded to ‘any case’ at commencement of shift which is contrary to current Work Instruction (WI) which specifies that paramedics are only to be responded to ‘urgent incidents’, APA (NSW) sought urgent clarification from the NSWA.

APA (NSW) were confident that we would have been able to resolve the matter with NSWA without the assistance of the IRC. Despite this, the matter was urgently listed by the IRC this morning at the request of another party. APA (NSW) expressed our concerns & objections with respect to paramedics being responded to ‘any case’ against the parameters of the current WI.

The IRC handed down recommendations that the parties consult further regarding aspects of the WI in disagreement. Until this occurs, the IRC recommended that paramedics can be responded to ‘any circumstance’ by the Control Centre Supervisor. 

This is an opportune time to remind members that there is no expectation or obligation to commence work, including checks, prior to your rostered start time. Nor should members ignore obligations under road rules & legislation or WHS legislation. 

We ask members to continue to report instances where they are directed to respond prior to having completed all commencement of shift activities.


APA (NSW) Executive

Your Choice, Your Voice

Keep up to date with APA (NSW) news at

APA (NSW) members can communicate with each other in the APA (NSW) forum

A printable copy of this update may be found here. 

Related News

Still No Uniform Solutions from NSW Ambulance

NSW Ambulance (NSWA) continues to bury their head in the sand when it comes to our uniform.
The current polyester uniform, including the short-sleeved shirt, has been causing work health and safety concerns for several members in hot and/or humid climates. This is unacceptable.

Paramedics take action against public sector wage cut

Today the Australian Paramedics Association (NSW) are commencing industrial action to stand against the announced wage cut by the Premier. For months, Paramedics and other essential workers put our lives and the lives of our families at risk to look after the people of New South Wales during the COVIID-19 Pandemic.

APA (NSW) appalled by NSW Premier plan to freeze our wages

The NSW Premier’s announcement to freeze the pay of public sector workers for 12 months is disgraceful. Paramedics and our frontline colleagues have been used, yet again, as scapegoats for this Government. We are praised as heroes for our hard work, and in the same breath served a pay cut that will ultimately send our wages backwards.