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Posted 8 Feb '17

APA (NSW) Member Update -Uniforms

APA (NSW) Member Update


Thursday 9 February 2017

Dear Member,

Yesterday, as a result of direction from the IRC, an extraordinary uniform committee meeting was convened to discuss the ongoing issues with the current uniform.

Thanks to the valuable feedback from our members who work on the front-line every day, APA (NSW) raised agenda items regarding: 

Unfortunately, the NSWA was not interested in discussing an interim solution or amendment to the uniform policy. 

NSWA gave APA (NSW) an undertaking to prepare a briefing note to the Executive of NSWA in relation to the inception of polo shirts.

NSWA appeared unenthusiastic about APA (NSW)’s proposal for the introduction of shorts, and raised a counter argument regarding potential work health and safety concerns. APA (NSW) made NSWA aware that various jurisdictions within Australia employ the use of shorts in the workplace. NSWA indicated that they will consult with their Risk Management team for advice.

The feedback from the trial of the updated work shirts was mostly negative and the issues surrounding heat and moisture retention remain unresolved. A further updated version of the work shirt will be rolled out for trial next week. We will keep you posted regarding outcome of this trial.  

As there is no interim solution or final resolution as yet, APA (NSW) would like to remind our members that we will support any members that need to take appropriate precautions to maintain their safety in the workplace particularly when extreme climatic conditions are prevalent.


APA (NSW) Executive

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