Thursday 25 January 2018
Firstly, we remind members that there is no requirement for existing employees to apply for the WWCC prior to 31 March 2018. That is, an application for a WWCC must be in by this date but the application is not required to be finalised by this date.
As previously advised, APA (NSW) have been in discussions with the NSW Government about the requirement for us to pay for the WWCC. Notably we met with the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, where we expressed our position that the cost of the check should not be borne by paramedics. APA (NSW) will support measures to protect children, including stronger checks, but expecting employees to pay for it themselves is unacceptable.
Following an extensive delay, and no formal position, we wrote to the Treasurer again in November 2017. Despite having nearly 2 months, the Treasurer is yet to respond. This is extremely disappointing considering it was the Treasurer who claimed that the Government wants to “provide as much support as they can” to paramedics.
APA (NSW) Executive will be meeting shortly to discuss our next steps. Members will be receiving a short survey via email in the coming days to provide their feedback.
APA (NSW) Executive
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