"Ministers agree to national police registration working party"
Union News, Information – www.wapolun.org.au Union seeks more government consultation RUSSELL ARMSTRONG PRESIDENT More consultation on all types of service agency officer advising the EAC in their clear agreement on the position of WA delivery involving police is the major deliberations to ensure the ‘voice’ from Police per capita expenditure compared theme of a Police Union submission to the an agency perspective can be heard,” to other jurisdictions, including the State’s Economic Audit Committee (EAC). the Union stated. reasons for differing expenditure levels The submission follows an invitation It also noted with concern that reforms leading to such variations. from the Committee for responses on and reviews by Government and WA The Union told the committee that six areas of government service delivery Police were becoming commonplace and the base issue first needing resolution including modernising the public sector. causing “difficulties for police officers” was the disconnect between police In its submission, the Police Union who, while dealing with increasing budget appropriations and Government said it was prepared to work with volumes and complexity of work were not service delivery expectations. A major the Commissioner of Police and the sufficiently consulted. weakness was that Government and Government on removing police from The result was that outcomes WA Police did not each have a clear non-traditional policing roles. from such reforms and reviews were and common understanding on service Also, it questioned the efficacy questionable in some instances with delivery expectations to be achieve from of the Government’s 3% public sector anticipated savings not being fully budget funding. cuts saying that the enforcement of the achieved and officers becoming With the Government setting police cuts without consultation was producing disillusioned. numbers, having the controlling hand “questionable outcomes”. The Union told the committee that “other in setting police salary, setting vehicle “The Police Union would strongly instances existed where reviews have been lease rates etc. the committee needed suggest the EAC requires some form conducted but the outcomes not effectively to consider the amount of effective of agency representation, or the communicated to police officers”. autonomy the agency should have incorporation of a senior and respected Also, it said that there needed to be in a modernised public sector. Ministers agree to national police registration working party Australian police ministers have agreed to security industry • overseas recruits being assessed set up a working party on the feasibility of • boost the standing of policing nationally for suitability and a national police registration board. • develop national standards of education educational qualifications by a single This means that Ministers and their and continuing education and a national body. police forces and departmental policy national code of conduct and ethics The key registration elements would advisers will be participants in developing • facilitate employment mobility for include: a scheme which suits all jurisdictions and members, and • national registration of police the working party will be co-ordinated • allow the PFA to be a key player in • national accreditation of education through the Ministerial council on the developing the profession nationally. and training Administration of Justice Secretariat in the He said that governments and police • independent national police Federal Attorney General’s Department. agencies would benefit through: registration board Police Federation of Australia (PFA) • police being held in higher esteem • model legislation by the chief executive Mark Burgess said that by the community Commonwealth and each jurisdiction. the presidents of police unions and • having an established national code Current Police Acts and Regulations associations in each jurisdiction had of conduct and ethics would be unaffected with no loss previously signed on to a framework for a • national educational qualifications, of jurisdictional control. Registration national police registration scheme. entry requirements and continuing on its own would not guarantee He said that a national police professional development requirements employment and Commissioners’ ‘hiring registration scheme would: • mobility between jurisdictions being and firing’ and disciplinary regimes would • ‘protect our patch’ e.g. from the private as seamless as possible remain the same. WA Police News October 2009 17