When a QAS employee causes loss, damage, injury or death to a third party whilst working in the employment role and provided the employee
has followed proper working procedures and protocols and has not been grossly negligent in carrying out their duties of employment, then
the employer is legally responsible for the actions of the employee. In the unlikely event one was to be involved in a workplace matter
which as part of one's duties attracted the potential for litigation the employer has this indemnity in place to provide protection to
individual employees having external litigation brought against them.
APA QLD also provides Professional Indemnity Insurance to financial Paramedic members since July 2018. Members are provided with a
Certificate of Currency when they join, and the policy refreshes in September each year. It is part of the National Regulation of
Paramedics that they have appropriate Professional Indemnity Cover.
Legal assistance can be provided to members of the APA QLD for employment and paramedic registration related matters. Allegations relating
to criminal conduct, sexual harassment and other serious conduct may not be covered under the APA QLD Rules and By-Laws and as such each
case will need to be reviewed on a case by case basis by the APA QLD Executive Committee in respect to this coverage. We understand each
case is unique.
Legal assistance and advice can be provided to fee paying members of APA QLD in relation to an incident or allegation that arises in the
course of their employment.
In the first instance you need to contact APA QLD via the website member enquiry area and be prepared to advise the following information:
i. The nature of the inquiry, implication or allegation.
ii. The date of the alleged incident.
iii. The location of the alleged incident.
iv. Any other material fact relating to the alleged incident.
Initial and ongoing approval for the provision of legal assistance is at the discretion of the APA QLD Management Committee. Once a matter
is referred to the legal team, members will receive legal representation. This may include but is not limited to having a lawyer attend an
interview with QAS, allocated investigators, the police or attendance in court.
If a lawyer's attendance is required it will be determined by the legal team in consultation with the APA QLD Executive Committee.