Shaping a Web for Inclusion, by Andrew J. Dunn
Organizational Profile of the Police Association of South Australia (PASA)
PASA is a registered union affiliated with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the peak and "umbrella" union body in Australia, and the Police Federation of Australia and New Zealand (PFANZ), the peak national policing industrial organization.
PASA represents the industrial and professional interests of its 3500 plus members all of whom are sworn members of the South Australia Police (SAPOL). Civilian employees of SAPOL are represented by other unions. PASA has a membership rate in excess of 99% of those persons eligible to join the organization. Such a membership level is not unusual in Australian police unions, nor in fact in emergency service unions. SAPOL polices a State larger than Texas with a population of 1.5 million.
The management of PASA rests with an Executive Committee elected from and by the entire membership. The President and Secretary are elected and fulfil their roles on a paid full time basis while on unpaid secondment from SAPOL. The ten remaining members of the Executive Committee hold honorary positions. PASA employs a staff of ten including the President and Secretary. The Industrial Officer, Research Officer and Field Officer are the remaining principle positions at PASA.