APA (NSW) Member Update
On Call Requirements
Friday 23 September 2016
There has been some confusion about when we can be placed on call. Some paramedics have reported being placed on call on their final shift before going into days off, which is contrary to the Award.
The Operational Ambulance Officers (State) Award states the following at clause 23(vi):
“Employees shall not be required to be on call during any part of a rostered day off duty, ie. from the end of the shift before the rostered period off duty and the commencement of the shift after the rostered period off duty.”
APA (NSW) believes this subclause also applies to your last shift before commencing planned leave. In such circumstances, you should not be placed on call after the end of the last shift and before the start of your period of planned leave.
We hope this clears up the requirements for being placed on call. If you need additional assistance please contact your local Liaison Officer or the APA (NSW) office.
APA (NSW) Executive
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