MORE THAN A COP
It can be daunting and confusing to visualise life after Police. Recognising your service with NSW Police Force we want to continue to support you through your career transition.
If you are unable to return to work with NSW Police Force due to medical restrictions these resources aim to provide you with all the information and support services that you require to manage your transition.
This initiative has been a partnership between NSW Police, EML and BACKUP for Life.
Together we are committed to continually improving the process so that we do all we can to support current and former officers,” Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon APM.
Leaving a job you enjoy can be challenging. Even more so if it is a forced change due to an injury that was out of your control. But there is much that can be done to improve your experience as you leave NSWPF and move on to seek something new.
Understanding the process of transition, knowing who to ask for assistance, taking the time to prepare yourself for this big change in your life and knowing that the skills you have acquired are easily transferrable to other roles can all help to minimise stress for you and your family.
What does the process involve?
There are multiple steps to the transition process, but it can pass by rather quickly. If you are unsure of where things are up to, the best person to check in with is your Injury Management Advisor (IMA). They should be able to advise or make enquiries on your behalf.
Regardless of where you are up to with your transition, knowing how the process works can help make things go smoothly and seem easier. For starters, look at the Career Transition brochure and Medical Retirement FAQs.
I have been told my last day of service is soon. What next?
Your last day of service will coincide with the end of a pay period. This means that you should receive payment for all your leave entitlements and anything else owing with your last pay from NSWPF. A breakdown of this payment will be posted to you by NSWPF.
The NSWPF Personnel Unit in HR Transaction Services will pay your final entitlements into your nominated bank account up to two weeks after your final last day of service.
If you haven’t already, you will be transferred to a new case manager at EML who specialises in assisting former police officers. Whether you require ongoing support with your treatment and recovery, want to know more about your options moving forward or are ready to consider a new career, there are some great programs and people your case manager can discuss with you and your treatment providers. Discover support services available >
EML will take over paying you directly so it is important that you speak with your case manager about what is required. They will send you some forms to complete along with your preferred bank details, tax file number etc. Find more information on managing finances >
If you have a claim for income protection with TAL, it is important that you also speak to your case manager there to make sure everything is in order. Income protection payments from TAL are made monthly in arrears. For specific questions around TAL payments, speak with your TAL case manager. Find more information on managing finances >
Who can help with that?
YOUR SUPPORT TEAM
Leading up to your last day of service, your Command contacts are best to assist you with things such as:
- obtaining your certificate of service
- returning your work belongings
- collecting your personal items from your locker
- dealing with payroll
- extending your last day of service
Injury Management Advisor
Your IMA is the key contact leading up to your last day of service with NSWPF. They can help you with:
- understanding the process and what is required
- providing updates on where things are up to
- recommending support services to help with transition and beyond
NSWPF Shared Services
The NSWPF Personnel Unit in HR Transaction Services will pay your final entitlements into your nominated bank account up to two weeks after your final last day of duty.
BACKUP for Life – A NSW Police Legacy Initiative
The BACKUP for Life program was initiated specifically to assist former police officers as they transition back to civilian life. BACKUP for Life offers:
- counselling services
- mentorship programs
- financial assistance
For more information visit the NSW Police Legacy website.
EML Case Manager
Your Case Manager will arrange a time to introduce you to a new Case Manager at EML who specialises in transition support services and can assist you in the next stages of your recovery.
Your new Case Manager will ensure your payments continue directly from EML. These payments will be set up from your last date of service, will be based on your capacity and your weekly benefits will be paid directly into your nominated bank account.
EML can provide you with career transition services and recruitment support to assist you in returning to new employment.
Family members and close friends can be great support for you but sometimes they need a bit of help too. Did you know that family members can access help in several ways? Including:
- NSWPF Family Support Coordinator (ask your IMA for further info)
- NSWPF Employee Assistance Program (up to 6 sessions with a counsellor free of charge for family members of current/former employees)
- referral to a private psychologist as part of your workers compensation claim (speak with your EML Case Manager)
- Kookaburra Kids provides age-appropriate mental health education and early intervention for children whose parents have a mental illness. The program is available for families of NSW Police Officers who have a current workers compensation claim involving psychological injury and have children aged between 8 and 18.
All I know is the cops, what job could I possibly do now?
What options do I have for future work?
Regardless of your length of service with NSW Police, you have acquired some very effective and desirable capabilities. The skillset that a Police Officer develops is desirable for both public and private employers.
Read former officer Stuart Churchill’s story about converting his work history to qualifications and then using them to find a job.
The following outlines some capabilities and what this looks like in the workplace aligned to different ranks. You may find this useful in considering how to apply your skillset to a new role outside of the Police Force.
Constable / Senior Constable capabilities guide
Your useful Constables / Senior Constables capabilities guide to help you apply your skillset to a new role outside of the Police Force.
What can I do to best prepare for civilian life?
The transition from Police Officer to civilian can be daunting and the impact on some individuals profound. Research indicates that the impact of this change can be minimised by preparing for the change ahead of time and understanding the impact of the change as it occurs. As such, NSWPF and EML have partnered with Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to develop a guide to help officers, family, friends and treatment providers make transition easier.
View the Leaving the NSW Police Force guide.
You can also find information to help officers, family and friends after a potentially traumatic incident in the Recovery after Trauma guide.
Leaving the NSW Police Force – Career transition guide
Information on the stages and phases of career transition for officers leaving the NSW Police Force, their family and friends.
Stuart: Transferrable skills
Stuart's mission was to be a Police Officer with the NSW Police Force, helping people in the worst times of their lives.
Mell: My decision
From the age of five years Mell was drawn to action – her favourite character on TV was a female police officer.
The following information relates to sworn Police Officers only as they are considered exempt workers in the Workers Compensation Act 1987 No 70. If you are an administrative employee of NSW Police, please see the SIRA claims management guide or consult your Case Manager regarding your benefits.
Workers compensation exists to help you recover from work-related injury by supporting access to and payment of required medical treatments and supporting your income if your capacity to work is negatively impacted by your injury.
Benefits and entitlements change as your situation changes and may be provided by different organisations over the duration of your claim.
Benefits and entitlements scenarios
The following information outlines the benefits paid under different scenarios and how to ensure you receive your entitlements as seamlessly as possible.
Workers compensation entitlements while employed by NSWPF
While you are employed by NSWPF, you are paid by NSWPF as normal and workers compensation benefits you receive are reimbursed to NSWPF by EML.
Workers compensation entitlements after medical retirement from NSWPF
Following confirmation of your medical retirement date and cessation of your employment by NSWPF your weekly benefits will be paid to you fortnightly by EML.
Completing and returning the below forms to your case manager will assist in making this change easier.
Please complete and return these forms to your case manager:
The amount that you will be paid following medical retirement will depend on the value and length of payments made to you prior to your medical retirement.
The information in “Your entitlements” provides general advice on the entitlements that may be available to you depending on your capacity for work.
To obtain an accurate indication of your individual entitlements, please speak to your Case Manager.
Secure your financial future
Prepare your finances for life after medical retirement, including budgeting and superannuation.
- MoneySmart Cars app to find out how much a car will really cost you
- Budget planner
- Mortgage calculator
- Financial advice toolkit to find and prepare to meet with a financial adviser
There are numerous free and paid apps available to help manage your finances, understand where your money is going and manage savings goals. You can search for these and download from both the App store or Google Play.
For Police Officers who are still employed by NSWPF or had your last day of service less than 12 months ago, you can benefit from Converge Employee Assistance Program.
Their Money Assist service can help you work through your financial wellbeing concerns. Phone 1300 667 197 or visit their website for more information.
Superannuation is not payable while an employee is on workers compensation. If you wish to continue contributions to your fund this will have to be arranged independently between you and your superannuation provider.
The following information provides general advice on the entitlements that may be available to NSW Police Officers depending on their capacity for work.
No capacity for work
You have had your last day of service with NSW Police and you remain certified as having no capacity for work.
Capacity for work outside of NSW Police
You are unable to return to work with NSW Police, however your treatment providers have certified you as having some capacity for work outside of the NSWPF.
Working in a new career
General advice on the entitlements that may be available to NSW Police Officers transitioning to working new career.
Earning Capacity Assessment
An Earning Capacity Assessment is performed to determine the appropriate weekly pay rate for a worker whose circumstances are described in Section 40A of the 1987 Act.
There are numerous options available to support you regardless of what stage in your rehabilitation you are at. Transitioning officers generally require support in line with one of the following pathways:
- WellnessIndividuals who remain quite symptomatic and require ongoing assistance in the form of treatment and support.
- Transition SupportIndividuals who are doing ok but are unsure about their options upon leaving NSWPF. EML can arrange recognition of prior learning and training courses to build upon your existing skills. Contact your Case Manager who will talk you through the services best suited to your needs.
- Career DevelopmentIndividuals who have a good idea about what they want to do next and just need some help with things like formalising qualifications, resume writing and applying for jobs.
We have worked hard to identify quality support services that are fit for purpose regardless of which pathway you feel you are on.
Please take the time to review the information provided below and speak to your EML Case Manager for more information.
BACKUP For Life
- Holistic Health & Wellbeing
- Former Police & their families
- Learn to move beyond trauma
- Sensitive to Police needs
- Trusted advisors with lived experience
- Former Police Officers who are trained mentors based across the state
Career confidence workshop
- Develop greater understanding of yourself and circumstance
- Learn how to move beyond the traumas
- Build your self-confidence and coping skills
- Gain insights and move forward with life
- Achieve personal and practical tools to find a new career
Beyond the Badge
- Career Transition Program
- Facilitated by Former Police Officers
- 4-day practical preparation
- Resume, job interview prep
- Network with leading Australian based companies
- Prepare for your first 6 weeks at work
- Ongoing mentor support
Career Management Services
Career Management Services (CMS) are one of Australia’s leading career transition specialists for police and emergency services members. This team of highly experienced professionals possess extensive industry knowledge and expertise to support you in making a change to a rewarding, alternative career outside of law enforcement. CMS recognise your unique skills and competencies, and offer a wide range of services, specifically designed to support transitioning to opportunities outside of law enforcement and to suit your individual needs.
CMS will make the process easy – from helping you to identify a future satisfying career pathway where you can utilise your strengths, to supporting you with effective job search strategies and the practical support you need to ensure you land your next dream job. With results three times the industry average, their team of dedicated consultants and coaches, will help you with the next steps in your career to give you the employability edge and confidence to achieve your goals.
Career transition and development services
- Career Coaching – career exploration, guidance, counselling and planning
- Professionally written resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
- Job application support - addressing key selection criteria and written capability statements
- Interview coaching and preparation
- Job search strategies and job seeking support
- Psych testing preparation
Prestige Health Services Australia (PHSA)
Active wellbeing program
- Assigned a Wellbeing Specialist
- Taking first steps to return to health at home and in the community
- Develop a wellness action plan tailored to needs and wants
- Working with their treaters
Engage Transitional Services is a voluntary support program designed for NSW Police Officers who are transitioning or who have transitioned from the force.
This service recognises that periods of transition are challenging and is designed to complement existing treatment plans and assist members to identify and work towards important and meaningful life goals.
A dedicated Procare allied health consultant will collaborate with each member to develop holistic goals aligned with their values, interests and will support the member to achieve these goals.
Procare injury management - transitional brochure
Find information about the Engage Transitional Support Program, designed for NSW Police Officers who are transitioning out of the police force.
College For Law, Education And Training (CLET)
Recognition of prior learning
- Outlines qualifications mapped to the ranks within Police to assists with transferable skills
- Qualifications can be provided prior to last date of service
- Provides confidence & clear vocational options
Activity based prescription program
- Designed to help people suffering from chronic & mental health injuries
- Encourage to become participants in their lives
- Evidence based strategies
- Biopsychosocial model
Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation
Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation are a team of vibrant professionals with the utmost standard of care delivered to all clientele, and an unwavering level of exceptional service provided to all customers and stakeholders.
Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation provides prescription of therapeutic exercise and is a very keen believer-in community-based exercise-rehabilitation to ensure independence and convenience in completion during programming, and autonomy into the long-term - ultimately ensuring durability with outcomes and self-efficacy for clients.
Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation abides by the five principles outlined in the Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services:
- Measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment
- Adopt a biopsychosocial approach
- Empower the injured person to manage their injury
- Implement goals focused on optimising function, participation and return to work
- Base treatment on best available research evidence
Mental wellbeing program
- Experienced, mental health exercise physiologists
- Flexible, convenient and comfortable environment – home, outdoor, park, gymnasium, or pool
- Unlock the natural medicine cabinet of the brain
- Focus on the holistic physical and mental wellbeing interlink
- Build confidence to achieve your meaningful health and life goals
- Integrate elements of diet, sleep, mindfulness – based off your preferences
- Collaborates with other members of your support team
- Digital telehealth services are also available
- Supporting children whose parents are suffering with mental illness
- Education on parent’s injury
- Provides children with a support network
Kookaburra Kids - website
Learn more about how the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness.
Your Future Career and Wellbeing
Your Future programs are tailored to each person’s requirements as they consider what a new job may look like. The Your Future team understand that a new career conversation and the scope of options, can be overwhelming. It may also feel unachievable, when there are other life obstacles in the way.
The team's role is to make the transition process a little easier, and ensure that they support your readiness and motivation when it comes to career planning and employer engagement. Your Future also works with you at any point in your decision making to return to work, and will tailor their guidance, resources, coaching and tools to your plan.
Their expert team will support you in finding balance and confidence to secure your next role, working with you to:
- Convert career ideas to goals
- Provide preparation expertise per application through to post placement support
- Secure long term meaningful employment
BACKUP For Life - services brochure
Support for transitioning and former police officers and their immediate families.
Career transition brochure
Click here if you're thinking about or in the process of leaving NSW Police.
Medical retirement FAQs
Learn more about medical retirement from NSW Police with frequently asked questions and answers.
Leaving the NSW Police Force – career transition guide
Information on the stages and phases of career transition for officers leaving the NSW Police Force, their family and friends.
Family Support Coordinator - brochure
Learn more about the role of the Family Support Coordinator and how they support the family, that are in turn supporting the employee in their recovery process.
Recovery after Trauma - Guide for Police
Guide for Police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - to help officers, their friends and family recover after a potentially traumatic incident.
EFT form - claims payments
Electronic funds transfer (EFT) request form - claims payments.
Specialist Claims Team
For information regarding your workers compensation payment while employed by NSW Police call: (02) 8835 8400
NSW Police Force Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program offers counselling to police employees and their immediate family through its extensive network of providers. P: 1300 667 197
NSW Police Legacy BACKUP for Life
Support services to assist former police officers as they transition back to civilian life. P: (02) 9264 4531 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and services available to support NSW Police Force Officers' families and keep them well. P: 131 444
Police Association of NSW
Workers compensation entitlements, return to work and welfare support. P: (02) 9265 6777 E: email@example.com
Police Blue Ribbon Superannuation
For more information on income protection, total and permanent disablement or terminal illness. First State Super. P: 1300 650 873 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. P: 1300 22 4636
A national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. P: 13 11 14
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. P: (02) 9382 4530 E:email@example.com
We are always looking to improve the support for transitioning NSW Police employees, so your feedback is valuable, and we would love to hear from you.
Please feel free to provide your feedback here.