October 2, 2015

Productivity Commission’s Report on Mobile Broadband Spectrum a Cop Out

In September the Productivity Commission released its long awaited report, Public Safety Mobile Broadband. The draft report is a serious disappointment to the PFA and State Governments. It fails to recommend dedicated spectrum for public safety’s national broadband network; it recommends a commercial provider, presumably Telstra, be contracted to deliver the service, while at the same time acknowledging that “priority …

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September 18, 2015

Nanny Pilot Programme Applications for Families Now Open

The Interim Home Based Carer Subsidy Programme (Nanny Pilot Programme) is aimed at supporting families who are experiencing difficulties accessing mainstream child care to meet or increase their workforce commitments such as working non-standard hours, living in remote or rural areas, and those who have children with additional needs. Applications from families wishing to participate in the Nanny Pilot Programme …

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April 10, 2014

PFA Congratulates Greg Davies

A number of Presidents from PFA Branches last week attended the farewell function for Greg Davies who retired from the Victoria Police Force and as Secretary of The Police Association (Victoria) after a long and distinguished career.  Greg has made a significant contribution to the work of the PFA since taking over the role of Secretary of the Victoria Branch and …

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March 28, 2014

Motorola Solutions Brings Concept Police Car to Canberra

Motorola Solutions recently brought their new “Police Car of the Future” car to Canberra.  It provided an opportunity for the PFA’s Women’s Advisory Committee (female representatives from across Australia and New Zealand), to have a demonstration of the vehicles technical capabilities.  The PFA was also able to organise for the vehicle to be taken up to Parliament House where a …

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January 13, 2014

Policing community rallies behind injured members to launch recovery fund

Victoria’s policing community has banded together to launch a fund to support the three police officers who were badly injured in an explosion recently. Sergeant Tony Scully, First Constable Emma Quick and Constable Varli Blake all received horrific injuries from the blast as they attended a routine welfare check at Constable Varli Blake. The new recovery fund – an initiative undertaken by …

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July 23, 2013

Australian public big winners from Joint Parliamentary Committee findings on spectrum for public safety mobile broadband

On 23 July 2013 the Parliamentary Joint Committee tabled the report of its inquiry into spectrum for public safety mobile broadband and strongly backed the PFA’s call for 20MHz of spectrum to be made available for an interoperable national public safety mobile broadband network. The recommendations of this searching inquiry vindicate all the effort the PFA and its branches have …

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