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INQUIRY INTO FIRE SERVICES LEGISLATION (REFORM) BILL 2017

 

Inquiry into the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation (Reform) Bill 2017

 

THE STATE GOVERNMENT’S LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION of reform of Victoria’s fire services was passed by the Legislative Assembly on 8 June 2017. Without enough support to pass through the Legislative Council it was resolved on 21 June 2017 to establish a Select Committee to inquire into the Fire Services Bill.

The Terms of Reference from the Legislative Council was that a Select Committee of eight members be appointed to inquire into, consider and report, no later than 8 August 2017, on the restructuring of Victoria’s fire services as contemplated by the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 and, in particular, the —

a. impact on fire service delivery across Victoria

b. effect on volunteer engagement and participation in fire service delivery

c. short term and long term cost impact on fire service provision

d. underlying policy rationale.

The Select Committee invited submissions from individuals and organisations addressing one or more of the issues identified in the Committee’s terms of reference. Hearings commenced on 7 July 2017. The Inquiry will provide an important opportunity for consultation with CFA staff, volunteers and the broader community about reform of Victoria’s fire services. As this edition of ‘Fire Wise’ goes to press the hearing opened on the first day  (7 July) hearing submissions from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Volunteer Firefighters’  Association and Volunteer Fire Brigades’ Victoria (VFBV). Refer to page 2 regarding VFBV’s submission. The second day (Monday 10 July) heard submissions from the Officer In Charge and 1st Lieutenants at CFA integrated stations in the North East Region (being Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wodonga), key North East Region senior volunteer representatives (total of seven), Acting Assistant Chief Officer, North East Region, Ross Sullivan and the Rural City of Wangaratta. See our Facebook Page for more information – http://www.facebook.com/pages/FireWise/ 351678354181

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