The Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and other Acts related to CFA can be found on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website. Search under 'Victorian Statute Book'.
Unlike most statutes enacted by the Victorian Parliament in recent years, the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 does not contain a section which spells out the purposes or the objectives of the Act. Rather, these must be determined by reference to particular sections of the Act, which spell out the powers, duties and responsibilities of CFA, the Chief Officer, other officers, municipal councils, etc. Of necessity, statutory interpretation and inference are important activities in working out what CFA can and must do, to fulfil its statutory charter.
Powers, Duties and Responsibilities
The following Sections of the Act appear to be the principal sources of direction as to the powers, duties and responsibilities of CFA and its personnel.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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It should be noted that some of the duties and responsibilities placed upon the CFA and its personnel derive from other statutes, for example, the following:
- Building Act 1993
- Liquor Control Act 1987
- Caravan Parks and Mobile Dwelling Regulations 1993
- Dangerous Goods Act 1985
- Dangerous Goods and Handling Regulations 1989
- Fire Services Commissioner Act 2010
- Emergency Management Act 1986
The Volunteer Charter (PDF 333k) is an agreed commitment by the State of Victoria, CFA and VFBV on behalf of CFA Volunteers to each other. It ensures the State of Victoria and CFA will commit to consultation with Volunteers about all matters which might reasonably be expected to affect Volunteers.