Become a Member
Posted 15 Jan '17

APA (NSW) Member Update – IRC Proceedings – Uniforms

APA (NSW) Member Update

IRC Proceedings – Uniforms

Monday 16 January 2017 


Dear Member,

NSWA today filed an urgent dispute at the IRC about APA (NSW) recommendations to minimise the negative impacts of the current uniforms, which was originally issued in November 2016.

NSWA believes that paramedics would be unsafe if they were to not wear the over shirt or the work shirt. APA (NSW) has a different view, and based on the feedback of members, believes that in hot temperatures and/or humid weather in particular, this uniform poses an unacceptable risk.

APA (NSW) delegates will be meeting with NSWA later this week to discuss any other options that NSWA may have. Paramedics however are being put at risk now, and APA (NSW) will continue to support paramedics who are required to take appropriate risk management steps. 

APA (NSW) reminds Paramedics, that along with the recommended measures, they should use established sun smart activities (use wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, stay in shade where possible etc.).


APA (NSW) Executive

Your Choice, Your Voice

Keep up to date with APA (NSW) news at

APA members can communicate with each other in the APA 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.