Monday, 10 October 2016

Australian Prison Officers Association FREE Membership

The Australian Prison Officers Association offers all Prison Officers throughout Australia a FREE membership.

No more excuses, Prison Officers throughout Australia can now unite in support of each other FREE.

No more political influences, no more political game playing that suck your fees into political parties you didn't sign for, and no more poor representation, just good old fashioned peer to peer representation.

Prison Officers supporting Prison Officers.... Australia wide.

To find out more about our range of membership, visit the Australian Prison Officers Association page.

Never walk alone... solidarity forever.

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Townsville Prison Officers Called On To Support Unfair Dismissal Hearing

Townsville Prison Officer Kevin Armstrong is going through a tough time as he fights to win his job back this month in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).

Kevin's ordeal is a reminder to all Prison Officers of the importance to retain competent, efficient and effective representation in matters concerning your employment.

All Townsville Prison Officers are invited to support Kevin by attending the Townsville 3 day sitting at the Townsville Court House 27-29 June 2016.

All Brisbane and SEQ Prison Officers are invited to attend the Brisbane part of the hear on 30 June and 1 July 2016 at the QIRC.

We look forward to seeing you all there in support of our colleague, comrade and mate Kevin Armstrong.

It could so easily be any one of us in this situation and the APOA calls on your support.

If you have any workplace issues which may require representation, please call our office on 0738073807 to arrange a confidential consultation. | 07 3807 3807 |

Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Importance of Prison Officers Intelligence Reports

In R v Robertson & Ors [2015] QCA 11 the importance of the Prison Intelligence is highlighted and supports the proposition for increased training amongst Prison Officers and the un-restricted opportunities for up-skilling.

"The appellants were convicted after a trial of the murder of Robert James Buckley on 16 June 1999. On that date, he and they were inmates of 10 Block at Etna Creek Correctional Centre. His body was found hanging in a shower cubicle at about 5.30 pm. The Crown case was that the appellants had assaulted and then killed Mr Buckley around lunch time that day, with suicide excluded as a rational hypothesis. The case against each appellant was put on alternative bases - as principal or aider - under s 7 of the Criminal Code. None of the appellants gave or called evidence."

To read this case, follow the link below. You will note that the case relates, in part, to the importance and relevance of hearsay evidence.

Source: Supreme Court of Queensland Library, R v Robertson & Ors [2015] QCA 11 (1 May 2016) <>

To learn more about the training courses offered by the Australian Prison Officers Association and Workers First, please visit our website or email | 0738073807 |

Meeting with Victorian Prison Officers this week

This month we're off to meet with workers and Prison Officers in Melbourne this Wednesday. 

To arrange a confidential meeting, call Danielle on 0738073807 or email

We are in Townsville the following Wednesday 11 May 2016, Sydney on Wednesday 18 May 2016 then back to Townsville after that on 6 June 2016 preparing for hearings and meeting with our members and clients.

#victorianprisonofficers #workersfirst #apoa #prisonofficers #queenslandprisonofficers #newsouthwalesprisonofficers

Friday, 15 April 2016

Queensland Prison Drugs a Growing Problem

The ABC released a story of 2015 statistics last year detailing the perils confronting Queensland Prison Officers concerning drug use within Prisons and the Corrective Services system generally post release. 

We can tell you that not much has changed and some say the problem continues to grow.

The story presented a genuine opportunity for the Australian Prison Officers Association to share the information with the general public via responsible media engagement.

Information given to us by members about the nationwide problem confronting our people in their workplaces continues to come in and reveals a continuing trend of illicit drug use within our prison systems.

If you have an issue you would like some assistance with, please email | 0738073807|


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

New South Wales Prison Officers Meeting

18 May 2016, we are also in Sydney meeting with members and Prison Officers considering taking on a membership with the APOA.

This is the first of our regular meetings in Sydney and we are looking forward to catching up with Prison Officers and hearing more about the issues that have been confronting Prison Officers in the Premier State for some time without resolution.

We don't say we have all the answers, but we can assess the issue and provide some advice on a sound strategy.

To arrange a private consultation with Brian Newman or to get further details about this meeting, please email or call 07 3807 3807.

Victorian Prison Officers Meeting

4 May 2016, we are back in Melbourne meeting with members and Prison Officers considering taking on a membership with the APOA.

The issues fielded in Melbourne last month have caused great concern to the APOA and in particular those matters concerning rosters and the workplace health and safety of Prison Officers and staff within Victorian Prisons MUST be addressed with urgency.

To arrange a private consultation with Brian Newman or to get further details about this meeting, please email or call 07 3807 3807.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Townsville Prison Officers Meeting

The Australian Prison Officers Association and Workers First will be in Townsville on 11 May 2016 meeting with Prison Officers and discussing local concerns and sharing information passed on from our colleagues and members in the southern States including Victoria and New South Wales.

Brian Newman said "this is a very exciting time for the APOA and Workers First as all the hard work starts seeing our respective membership grow and prosper".

To arrange a private consultation with Brian, email | 0738073807|  

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Victorian Meeting This Wednesday

Victorian Prison Officers meeting this week is sure to set the tone for the immediate future of negotiations in Victoria for Workers First and APOA members.

Send your issues to and we will put them on the agenda for discussion this week. | 07 3807 3807 |

#workersfirst #apoa #joinworkersfirst #joinapoa #prisonofficers #victorianprisonofficers #australianprisonofficersassociation

Friday, 25 March 2016

Victorian Prison Officers Getting Organised

Workers First and APOA are in Melbourne again this Wednesday, we are meeting with Prison Officers and workers enjoying the benefits of our representation. 

To arrange a confidential meeting with us in Melbourne this week, email or call 0738073807.

#joinapoa #prisonofficers #victorianprisonofficers #workersfirst #joinworkersfirst #gethelpatworkersfirst | 0738073807 | 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Victorian Prison Officers Leading the Way Forward

An exponential growth in Victoria amongst Prison Officers is proving that the Workers First and APOA membership concept, which was designed specifically for workers to take advantage of the services we offer, is proving to be a winner in the southern states of Australia's east coast and it olblynlooks like getting bigger.

To find out more about membership, email

Saturday, 19 March 2016

we face what you fear, every day

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Join the APOA FREE

Join the Australian Prison Officers Association. It's FREE. #apoa #joinapoa #workersfirst 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Townsville Prison Officers Getting a Visit

18 March 2016 Workers First Director Brian Newman will be in Townsville meeting with Prison Officers and fielding concerns about current issues within the Prison.

If you need a confidential meeting with Brian during this visit, email or call us on 0738073807.

Join today for just $2 a day and enjoy the peace of mind that you'll have the Workers First Ultimate Membership.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

They're Not All Together Serious Are They?

So once again, the minority benefit because why? 

Because they just don't care enough about Corrective Services Officers. 

You're the minority to them and I don't mean the minority that benefitted in this negotiation.

You're a very small part of a huge machine that does NOT specialise in Corrective Services matters. 

They let delegates do the heavy lifting whilst they sit on their asses and do nothing. 

What a disgraceful situation and what an all together crappy performance. 

Recently, members of this so called Union have complained to us about the poor responses and offers of "templates" for show cause responses and investigations when they contacted this mob for help as long standing financial members.

Is that what you'd expect when you're under the microscope and your jobs in jeopardy? 

Give yourself a pay rise and quit this mob. 

Join the Australian Prison Officers Association, it's FREE.

At least we care enough to keep our gloves up and keep showing up for you.

You be the judge. It's your job, your career and your family that relies on you. 

Surely they can do better... can't they? After all they're a "Union".