• Victorian Auditor-General reports on effective management of CFA and VICSES
• Victorian Coalition Government committed to improving operational planning
• Coalition Government working to keep our communities safe
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells has welcomed the Victorian Auditor-General’s report and its recommendations for the effective management of Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) volunteers.
“The Managing Emergency Services Volunteers report has highlighted the commitment of both CFA and VICSES to improve operational planning and support around its volunteers,” Mr Wells said.
“Our volunteers are critical to the delivery of all aspects of emergency management and the Victorian Coalition Government is proud of the work they do protecting the community from fires, floods and other emergencies.”
Mr Wells said the CFA and SES have welcomed the report of the Auditor-General, with both agencies already in the process of implementing the recommendations.
“I am assured by both agencies that these issues are being addressed, with processes in place even before the Auditor-General’s audit was released,” Mr Wells said.
“The CFA also continues to implement the recommendation of the Jones Report, including the recognition in legislation of CFA volunteers through the Volunteer Charter.”
The Victorian Coalition Government is continuing to support its emergency services volunteers and emergency management reform program through:
• enshrining the Volunteer Charter in legislation which recognises the importance of CFA volunteers
• the Volunteer Consultative Forums, which provides Victoria’s emergency management volunteers with a voice to facilitate direct feedback to theGovernment on issues affecting them;
• the recently enacted Emergency Management Act, which recognises the significant role volunteers play in our emergency arrangements;
• $125.8 million in the upgrade or replacement of ageing CFA stations around the state; and
• a record $12.2 million investment in the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) to assist emergency services volunteer organisations providing operational equipment.
“The Coalition Government will continue to support our volunteers by ensuring they have the tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” Mr Wells said.
The Coalition Government greatly appreciates the significant contribution volunteers make to the well-being and safety of the people of Victoria. In particular, the Government recognises the dedication and contribution of more than 55,000 operational and non-operational CFA volunteers and 5,000 SES volunteers.
“I am confident that CFA and SES will be able to address these issues quickly, which will lead to further improvements for our volunteers,” Mr Wells said.