Working together to protect our future

What an exciting start to the new year this has been, an interstate move for myself and my family, a fantastic new role doing the job I love (in an amazing part of the country), and to top it off a record breaking monsoon to welcome me back! Im not sure things could get any better.

By way of introduction, let me tell you a little bit about myself; I relocated from Western Australia about six weeks ago where I was working in the same position with the Western Australian Police Union (WAPU), and I am very passionate about my role as an Industrial Officer.

In 2014, when I was also working for WAPU, my husband began work at INPEX, and as a family we decided to relocate to the Northern Territory, for the adventure of a lifetime.

We rented properties in Humpty Doo and Berry Springs and got a real taste for the Territory Life. Sadly, my husbands contract ended after 12 months and we had to pack up and move back to WA.

So, when the opportunity presented itself, for us to get back up here, I grabbed it with both hands.

Prior to my departure from WAPU, WA had just finished negotiations for the 2017 Industrial Agreement. Even though the majority of members voted yes, the offer on the table was dismal, due to the draconian nature of the State Wages Policy which was set at a flat $1000 per year regardless of rank. WAPU challenged the policy with vigour, which saw members resort to standing down and effectively going on strike (as much as any Police Officer can, without putting lives in danger), still the Western Australian Government would not budge.

It was an interesting time for me to step into my new role with the NTPA, after negotiations had finished and a second offer was put on the table for NT Police Officers, which far outshone the offer WA had just accepted.

It is my understanding this was long drawn-out process and took a lot of hard work from the negotiating team, which is commendable. The result is a very sound and fair deal for NTPA members. I have seen firsthand the working relationship between the NT Police representatives and the NTPA, and look forward to working in what appears to be an effective consultative environment.

I've had the pleasure of getting out and about this past six weeks and meeting some hard-working Territory cops in Katherine, Alice Springs and many of the stations in the Darwin Metropolitan Command and look forward to meeting many more of you in the months to come.