President's Message August 2018

POLICE BLUE RIBBON INSURANCE

The PANSW has been campaigning for the NSW Government and NSW Police Force to make changes to extend the income protection product to officers who are aged 60 and above.

Presently officers who are aged 60 or above have insurance that provides coverage for Death, Total and Permanent Incapacity (TPI) and terminal illness, they do not however have income protection insurance.

Delegates at the PANSW 2018 Conference again reinforced the views of the membership, passing motions to support lobbying the NSW Government to provide income protection insurance for officers aged 60 and over.

Your Association raised this with the Minister, both verbally and in writing, outlining the issue for our members aged 60 and above without insurance coverage, and the need for their inclusion in the scheme.

As a result, we received a written commitment from the Minister of Police stating:

“I am of the view that the Association’s suggestion about policy benefit coverage for officers aged 60 years and over is worth exploring further, as one potential remedy. Accordingly, I have written to First State Super seeking their advice on options to extend benefit coverage to police officers aged 60 years and over. Obviously, any potential change to the group policy would require careful consideration by Government and the Association, along with consideration of any other options that may remedy the issue”.

We welcome the Minister’s commitment and willingness to fight with us to resolve this important issue and his continued correspondence in the coming months.

Your Association will continue to pressure the NSW Government, NSW Police Force and First State Super to extend income protection insurance to officers aged 60 and above, to ensure all of our membership has proper cover and is treated fairly.

NSW STATE BUDGET IGNORES POLICE

The Berejiklian Government missed the opportunity to support police and Back the Blue by failing to adequately invest in police resources. The Budget did nothing to increase Police numbers by 2500 or fix prisoner transport issues.

All the Premier committed to was a 100 new police officers, when NSW needs 500 additional police officers immediately, and 500 each year over the next term of Government to fill vacancies and meet rising workloads.

This government has woken up to the problem that emergency service workers are facing with population growth and we applaud the commitment to increase the numbers of paramedics, nurses and doctors.

But the failure to increase police numbers in line with what’s needed means we will need those additional medical staff when under-staffed police cannot respond quickly to call outs for assaults, domestic violence or responding to people affected by ice.

PANSW members can read the media release that the PANSW sent to all politicians and media outlets statewide at https://bit.ly/2Mx5cZP (no login required).

We will never give up the fight for a properly resourced police force and to keep our members safe.

MAKE THE MOST OF PANSW MEMBERSHIP

PANSW membership provides many workplace benefits.

In addition to these, we are dedicated to delivering additional value for members by negotiating a range of member-only discounts and exclusive offers with selected retailers and providers.

To take advantage of these great deals either log in to the PANSW website or download the PANSW Mobile App.

All our Member Benefit Scheme Partners are included on both the PANSW website and PANSW Mobile App.

Members who have not logged onto the PANSW website, go to the Member Login Box https://pansw.org.au homepage and click on First time login help, follow the prompts provided to receive your login details.

Information about the PANSW Mobile App including how to access is in this magazine on page 16.

POLICE WEEK

Our national union, the Police Federation of Australia (PFA) will be holding its inaugural Police Week in September.

Between 15 – 29 September, there will be a range of events in Canberra and across the country, held in honour of Australia’s policing family, past and present.

Providing a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement, Australia’s Police Week 2018 will draw together supporters of policing from across the country, in a range of formal and informal activities.

It is envisaged that Police Week will become a major event on the law enforcement calendar.

Events that will be held during Police Week include the inaugural Australian Police Bravery Awards, a Police Summit, the annual Wall to Wall Motorbike Ride, a 100km Century Bike Ride, as well as the 2018 PFA Federal Council Meeting.

All information about Police Week activities can be found on page 21 and also the Police Week website http://policeweek.org.au/

Tony King

President