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Standard Operating Policy

Tracking Surveillance
Notice under section 10 of the Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (NSW)
Document Number
File No.
Date issued

SOP2010-007
05/917 (D10/1537)
23 February 2010

Author Branch

General Operations

Branch contact

J Vernon
Project Manager, Operations

Division
Summary

Applies to
(bold indicates
selection)

Review date
Previous reference
Status
Approved by

General Operations
Tracking surveillance notice to all staff under section 10 of the
Workplace Surveillance Act 2005
All Ambulance Service of NSW staff
All Operational Staff
All Administration staff
All Headquarters staff
Division staff (select Aero medical, Northern, Southern, Sydney,
Western)
Operations Centres (select All, Aero medical, Northern, Southern,
Sydney, Western)
August 2011
N/A
Active
Chief Executive

Compliance with this policy directive is mandatory.


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Standard Operating Policy

Tracking Surveillance of Ambulance vehicles


Notice under s.10 of the Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (NSW)
1.

Introduction

All ambulance vehicles with a Mobile Data Terminal are fitted with an electronic device that operates
to monitor and record the location, movement and status of these vehicles.
This monitoring and recording of the location, movement and status of ambulance vehicles contributes
to the effective operation of ambulance services and the safety of paramedics.
2.

Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (NSW)

Tracking surveillance is defined in the Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (NSW) as surveillance by
means of an electronic device the primary purpose of which is to monitor or record geographical
location or movement (such as a Global Positioning System tracking device). Consequently, the
monitoring and recording of the location, movement and status of ambulance vehicles fitted with a
Mobile Data Terminal falls within this definition of tracking surveillance.
3.

Further details about the operation of the tracking surveillance

The tracking surveillance of these ambulance vehicles is via the Mobile Data Terminal and Automatic
Vehicle Location devices fitted to each vehicle. The tracking surveillance of each vehicle commences
when the vehicle is switched on and continues to operate for up to four hours after the vehicle is
switched off.
4.

Additional notification in each ambulance vehicle

A sticker advising staff that ambulance vehicles are the subject of electronic tracking surveillance will
be placed in each vehicle.
5.

New Employees

A copy of this Standard Operating Procedure will be provided to all new employees before they
commence work for the Ambulance Service.

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