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October 25, 2016 2820

Important Update for all Volunteers

NOTE TO MEMBERS – 25 October 2016 - Download Media Release Here IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS In the last few weeks VFBV has achieved major breakthrough in the long running dispute flowing from the CFA/UFU enterprise bargaining deal (EBA) that undermines the volunteer based nature of CFA, impacts on the way volunteers are supported and work, and overrides CFA decision making including on matters impacting on volunteers. VFBV has… (more)
Oct 05, 2016 297

WA Passes Firefighters' Cancer Law

The Western Australian Parliament has just passed its Firefighters’ Cancer Law for volunteers, adding to the momentum of presumptive legislation around the country and the pressure for legislation in… (more)
Oct 05, 2016 293

VFBV Multi Agency Youth Network Takes Off

The VFBV Multi-Agency Youth Network is really taking off; young members are already organising their first activities in four Districts, and 17 VFBV Districts have identified experienced volunteer… (more)
Sep 05, 2016 4430

Supporting and Valuing our CFA Volunteers - MAKE A DONATION

SEEKING PUBLIC DONATIONS - DONATE VIA MYCAUSE cheque or bank deposit Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria has launched a crowdfunding campaign to give the public the chance to support the work we are… (more)
Aug 24, 2016 2733

The Federal Government’s Volunteer Protection Amendments to the Fair Work Act

UPDATE FOR MEMBERS - 23 AUGUST 2016 Yesterday, Monday 22 August, the Federal Government released its draft legislation, the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016… (more)
Jul 12, 2016 4036

NEW VIDEO: Computer Model of Major Incidents

Click on the map below for computer generated modelling from VFBV and the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, showing how CFA uses its huge volunteer capacity… (more)
Jul 11, 2016 1668

CFA Surge Capacity – Essential for Victoria

Big fires happen every year in Victoria. Victoria is one of the most fire prone areas in the world. But Victoria’s CFA volunteers and career staff are always ready to help keep you safe. Here’s how… (more)
Jul 08, 2016 1171

Independent Review of Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) is conducting an Independent Review into equity and diversity in CFA and MFB, to examine discrimination, including bullying and… (more)
Jun 03, 2016 7484

Hands Off CFA - signs for Brigades

Many Brigades have asked for suitable sign designs to support their local efforts to publicise volunteers’ concerns with the proposed CFA/UFU Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. This Hands Off CFA… (more)

VFBV Volunteer Welfare & Efficiency Survey

Volunteers from the following agencies have participated in this years 2016 Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey.

If you are a volunteer firefighter from an agency outside of Victoria, click here for a full listing of the surveys currently open across Australia, through your local association.

Want to learn more about the survey? read here.


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  • 14 September 2016 in VFBV News Read 1507 times Position Vacant - VFBV Support Officer
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  • 07 September 2016 in VFBV News Read 1351 times Send an Email Today
    Send an Email Today SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR VOLUNTEER BASED CFA - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS/COMMENTS: 12 SEPTEMBER The proposed Federal legislation to protect the volunteer based CFA and other volunteer based emergency services from industrial interference is now being examined by a Senate Committee. The Senate Committee is encouraging volunteers to send in submissions/comments by 12 September 2016 – send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (see the message from the Senate Committee below) Submissions can be a simple email to…
  • 16 August 2016 in VFBV News Read 1013 times VFBV Injunction Application to Suspend EBA Processing
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  • 13 August 2016 in VFBV News Read 9267 times Statement on the Actions of the CFA Board to Adopt the UFU's EBA
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  • 03 August 2016 in VFBV News Read 1808 times 2 August 2016 - Update on the CFA/UFU EBA
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  • 29 July 2016 in Other News Read 1154 times Weekend Training Courses from EMV
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  • 29 July 2016 in Other News Read 168 times 2016 Fire Awareness Awards
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VFBV Welfare Fund

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