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Posted 23 Mar '17

APA (NSW) Member Update – ECP Pay Grade & Change of Substantive Location

APA (NSW) Member Update

ECP Pay Grade & Change of Substantive Location

Friday 24 March 2017

Dear Member,

Recent change of substantive location of some of our ECP members lead to a dispute with NSWA regarding whether or not they would be able to maintain their ECP pay grade. NSWA initially argued that because the transfer/merit selection indicated a ‘paramedic’ position and not a ‘paramedic specialist’ position, the ECP rate would not be maintained. 

Historically, due to the way ECPs operate, NSWA have allowed ECPs to maintain their ECP pay grade upon change of substantive location (whether by transfer or by merit selection). The reason for this is because there are no ECP positions attached to stations. Instead, ECPs are attached to ECP rosters. This means, in addition to rotating through the ECP roster as required, ECPs are also required to work the normal roster at their substantive station.

We are pleased to inform you that we have convinced NSWA to maintain the pay grade of ECPs when changing substantive locations in accordance with past custom and practice. Should NSWA decide they wish to change this practice in the future, they have agreed to follow the dispute resolution process in the Award. 

We encourage ECP members who have recently changed or about to change substantive locations & have been told they are not entitled to maintain their ECP pay grade to get in touch with APA (NSW) for assistance via email. 


APA (NSW) Executive

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