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August 24, 2016 1457

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 in accordance with its commitment made during the Federal Election (you can download a copy of the Bill below). VFBV was able to provide valuable input to the development of the legislation, and we are very pleased that it has shaped up in a way that… (more)
Aug 29, 2016 3637

Survey for Emergency Volunteers - Final Days

MONDAY UPDATE - 3,900 Victorian volunteers have taken the survey - Click on your agency's logo to start. Volunteer Firefighters' Associations Around Australia Click on your Association's Name to… (more)
Aug 19, 2016 2630

Judge's Decision: The EBA will go to the Supreme Court

IN THIS UPDATE: NEW - 22 AUGUST MEDIA RELEASE - download below -- VFBV Welcomes Federal Govt Legislation EBA suspended by Supreme Court -- Trial begins on 22 September -- Volunteers’ Concerns -- The… (more)
Aug 17, 2016 1239

Valuing Volunteers Fund Donations

VFBV has established a Valuing Volunteers Support Fund that is open to the public wishing to make donations to support the work we are doing to protect, advocate and represent CFA volunteers. This… (more)
Aug 14, 2016 3464

CFA Board Approves UFU EBA – No Changes Put Forward By Volunteers Included

Aug 13, 2016 8900

Statement on the Actions of the CFA Board to Adopt the UFU's EBA

Jul 12, 2016 3452

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 1140

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 830

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 6754

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

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