Membership Benefits

APA (NSW) is a Trade Union for Paramedics and Support Staff which is run by Paramedics. The APA Executive consist of CTP qualified peers who understand the needs of NSW Ambulance Staff as affected individuals themselves. A major benefit as a member is the ability to contact an executive member and know your problem is understood.

Legal Support

APA (NSW) has a track record of providing legal advice and support for members when needed.

Advocacy

APA (NSW) has a proven track record advocating on behalf of members within a multitude of forums.

Networking

APA (NSW) maintains a network of regional and metropolitan Liaison Officers who provide on the ground support and assistance for members.

FAQ’S

To find out more please read Frequently Asked Questions.

About APA (NSW)

The Australian Paramedics Association (NSW), referred to by its members as APA (NSW), is a registered Trade Union built on the foundations of freedom of choice and transparency.

The association represents the interests of Paramedics and Support Staff employed within the NSW Government Sector and covered under a State Award system.

APA (NSW) Staff and Committee

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Harini Kasturi

Senior Industrial Officer

Industrial.officer@apansw.com.au
Having a background as a solicitor with experience in work issues and workers compensation Harini joined APA (NSW) in October 2013
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Donna Foley

Assistant Industrial Officer

assistant.industrialofficer@apansw.com.au
I have successfully completed degrees in Law and Psychology undertaking my legal training at Redfern Legal Centre. I have successfully dealt with various matters concerning workers compensation, award interpretation, misconduct, transfers, under/over payment disputes and many more since commencing with APA (NSW) in 2015
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Tilak Nabi

Industrial Organiser

tilak.nabi@apansw.com.au
As the industrial organiser at APA (NSW), you will see me at worksites across NSW working with members to improve the lives of paramedics. I choose to work with paramedics as you are a vital part of the community which has often been forgotten. The community expects paramedics to be there when needed, for this to happen paramedics need the right support.
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Steve Pearce

President

president@apansw.com.au
0414 718 542
A 3rd generation unionist of 30 years mostly as a paramedic both on road and in the Control Room. I can confidently say, “APA (NSW) delivers more personal service to its membership than any other union in this space”. We have an uncompromisingly unified mission to look after each other. As a frontline paramedic I encourage all paramedics to come on board.
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Jeff Andrew

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Gary Wilson

Secretary

secretary@apansw.com.au
0414 645 274
In my ‘previous life’ as a Project Engineer for a large multi-national I experienced the employers’ side of the industrial relationship with the large construction unions. As a Paramedic I came to truely appreciate the need for good union representation that was more about the member and less about the union.
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John McCormack

Position Title

albury2@apansw.com.au
My background includes the British military and business management. I started my medic career in British Army, and after arriving in Australia around 10 years ago I joined NSW Ambulance. I soon realised the industrial challenges Paramedic’s face on a daily basis and I’m passionate about assisting and providing support to my colleagues.
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Trent McLennan

Executive Committee (Communications)

communications@apansw.com.au
0414 969 253
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John Hill

APA (NSW) Media Manager

Mountain Media
0412 197 079

Ambulance Paramedics and Support Staff who are eligible can apply for membership by clicking the Join APA (NSW) button and following the directions provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

APA (NSW) is a Trade Union run by paramedics for paramedics. Full time staff are also employed in the capacity of Industrial Officers and Union Organisers. APA (NSW) is always looking for members wishing to become more involved and encourage you to contact our Secretary if you want to do more in the workplace.

The membership of APA (NSW) is limited to NSW Ambulance employees and as such all members are bound by NSW Ambulance Media and Social Media Policies. The only protection for members is to ensure comment from APA (NSW) is reported from the correct source. This will ensure accuracy and continuity of all outgoing information for use in the public domain as well as protect members. The Media Managers details are on the web and all requests should be referred to them.

You are covered from the moment you become a financial member of APA (NSW), for incidents that occur subsequent to you joining APA (NSW). If you have not received information from the Association within 4 weeks via email, or bank deductions of subscription fees have not commenced within 2 pay periods, please contact us at treasurer@apansw.com.au

Legal assistance at short notice is a rarity and in the experience of the executive has never actually been required within 24 hours except for the purpose of peace of mind. As a member of APA (NSW) you will be provided the opportunity to have your matter evaluated by our designated legal team as required while at the same time having the support of a registered industrial body.

All enquiries should be directed to our office or your local delegate.

Yes, APA (NSW), now an industrially registered body. We are a free voice. We believe in not being constrained by politics and we are not aligned to any particular political party. We put our members first as we exist ONLY for our members.

Yes you can be a financial member of both the HSU and APA (NSW).

Your first point of call will be your Regional or Metro Liaison Officer. All members of the Executive Committee are available by email or phone and will assist where possible. All suggestions and comments are welcome. APA (NSW) is driven by its members, meaning the success and potential of APA (NSW) is dependent on members offering ideas and opinions, and standing together to become a united force.

All employees covered by the Ambulance Officers Operational (State) Award are encouraged and welcomed to join APA (NSW). This includes paramedics, patient transport officers, communication staff and volunteer ambulance officers.

There are three (3) categories of workplace coverage:

A. Professional Indemnity
B. Award coverage
C. Professional/Clinical/Administrative coverage

A. Professional Indemnity

Normally, when an employee causes loss, damage, injury or death to a third party whilst working in the employment role and provided the employee has followed proper working procedures and protocols and has not been grossly negligent in carrying out their duties of employment, then the employer is legally responsible for the actions of the employee. In the unlikely event one was to be involved in a workplace matter which as part of one’s duties attracted the potential for litigation the employer has this indemnity in place to provide protection to individual employees having external litigation brought against them.

B. Award Coverage

Award Coverage is provided by the Industrially Registered body for your workplace (union). Essentially the union represents all persons within the workplace who are covered by the specific award conditions for that workplace. A non-union member is covered under the same award as union members but if representation is not forthcoming by the union, and you are an APA member, we will advise you with a view to representation and the possible provision of a lawyer.

C. Professional/Clinical/Administrative coverage

Professional/Clinical/Administrative Coverage is the area APA (NSW) has historically provided services to members. Legal assistance, representation and information can be provided to members of the APA (NSW) for workplace and employment related matters. Allegations relating to criminal conduct, sexual harassment and other serious conduct may not be covered under the APA (NSW) Rules and By-Laws and as such each case will need to be reviewed on a case by case basis by the APA (NSW) Executive Committee in respect to this coverage.

Legal/Industrial assistance, representation and information can be provided to fee paying members of the APA (NSW) in relation to an incident or allegation that arises in the course of their employment.

In the first instance you need to contact our office administrator via the APA website legal enquiry form and be prepared to advise the following information:

i. the nature of the inquiry, implication or allegation
ii. the date of the alleged incident
iii. the location of the alleged incident
iv. any other material fact relating to the alleged incident

Initial and ongoing approval for the provision of legal assistance is at the discretion of the APA (NSW) Executive Committee. Once a matter is referred to the legal team, members will receive legal representation. This may include but is not limited to having a lawyer attend an interview with (NSW) Ambulance, allocated investigators, the police or attendance in court.

If a lawyer’s attendance is required it will be determined by the legal team in consultation with the APA (NSW) Executive Committee.

The APA (NSW) Executive Committee have been working incredibly hard to deliver the best outcomes for APA (NSW) members. The Executive Committee is made up of volunteers, most of whom are full time paramedics and who have given many hours of their time to ensure the smooth running of the Association. We face many challenges, but we are in a state of change and looking forward to a positive future for APA members.

Contact APA (NSW)

Postal Address: PO Box 152, Ulladulla NSW 2539

Office Address: 13 Canonbury Grove, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203

General Inquiries, Phone: (02) 9564 3261

If no answer, call secretary on: 0414 645 274

Fax: (02) 8079 0634

Legal Inquiries (Members Only): 1300 000 APA (1300 000 272)

General Inquiries, Email: tilak.nabi@apansw.com.au

APA SMS: 0473 APA NSW (0473 272 679)