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Additional Information - Relevant Legislation and Policies

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Financial Management Act 1994

Information applicable to the report of the financial year is retained by CFA, in accordance with the Directions of the Minister for Finance under the Financial Management Act 1994. The relevant information is available to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Parliament of Victoria, and the public on application to the accountable officer (Chief Executive Officer).

Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001

In relation to the matters specified in section 104 of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 (Whistleblowers Act), during the reporting year:

Freedom of Information

The following information is provided in accordance with section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Requests for access to documents in the possession of CFA are dealt with by CFA's Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer.

Making a Request

A request generally falls into one of two categories:

A request for access to a document must be made in writing and should be addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Country Fire Authority
PO Box 701

The two main categories of information normally requested under the FOI Act include individuals asking for their personal documents and documents relating to the activities of the agency.

CFA has various record-keeping systems which may assist applicants to identify the types of documents to which access is sought. CFA holds files relating to employees and volunteers, operational and policy matters, general administrative responsibilities and correspondence. The FOI Officer can provide assistance in determining the categories of files relevant to a request.

Some documents are destroyed in accordance with the Public Records Act 1972. It should also be noted that the FOI Act does not entitle an applicant to have access to a document created before July 1978 unless the document relates to the applicant's personal affairs.

Fees and Charges

A request must be accompanied by an application fee*. The application fee may be waived in cases where payment is likely to cause financial hardship to the applicant. An application for waiver of the fee should state grounds such as that the applicant has a low income or is the holder of a Commonwealth Health Care Card. Once documents have been located and processed access charges may also apply. These include charges for searching time and photocopying, which are the amounts prescribed by the legislation. Some access charges may be waived in certain cases.

(* $22.70 as of 1 July 2008 or $23.40 as of 1 July 2009)

Further Information

Further information regarding the FOI Act may be obtained from the FOI Act and regulations under the FOI Act and The FOI Act and regulations under it may be purchased from:

Information Victoria
356 Collins Street
Tel: 1300 366 356

Freedom of Information Contact:
CFA FOI Officer
Tel: (03) 9262 8512

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Building Act 1993

In November 1994 the Minister for Finance issued guidelines pursuant to Section 220 of the Building Act 1993 to promote conformity in building standards for buildings owned by public authorities. CFA aims to comply with building standards and regulations at all times.

National Competition Policy

CFA complies, to the extent applicable, with the National Competition Policy

Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP)

In accordance with the requirement of the Victorian Industry Participation Program Act 2003, government agencies are required to include a statement summarising the implementation of the VIPP in annual reports. Financial Reporting Direction 25 specifies that VIPP is to be reported for contracts valued at more than $3 million in metropolitan areas and $1 million in regional areas.

CFA commenced one contract totalling $1.5 million in value to which the VIPP applied. The value of this contract is fully applicable to regional Victoria.

Commitments by contractors under VIPP included:

The benefits (as highlights) to the Victorian economy in terms of skills and technology transfer increases:

No contracts were completed during the 2007-08 year to which the VIPP was applied.


During 2007-08 CFA engaged a total of six consultancies. Two consultancies were individually valued at greater than $20,000 (exclusive of GST) and totalled $99,000. The remaining four consultancies were individually valued at less than $20,000 (exclusive of GST) and the total expenditure on these engagements was $34,000 (exclusive of GST).

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Contributions by Insurance Companies

The following companies which insure against fire, property situated within the country area of Victoria, made contributions in accordance with sections 77-77B of the CFA Act in 2007-08:

Ace Insurance Limited Guild Insurance Ltd
AIOI Insurance Co. Ltd H.W. Wood Australia Pty Ltd
AIS Insurance Brokers  Pty Ltd HSB Engineering Insurance Ltd
Allianz Australia Insurance Limited Insurance Australia Limited
American Home Assurance Co Insurance Manufacturers Of Australia Pty Ltd
Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd InterPacific Underwriting Agencies Pty Limited
Asia Mideast Insurance and Reinsurance Pty Ltd JMD Ross Insurance Brokers Pty Limited
ASR Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd JUA Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd
Assetinsure Pty Ltd Liberty International Underwriters
Ausnet Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd Lumley General Insurance Ltd
Australian  International Insurance Limited Mansions Of Australia Pty Limited
Australian Alliance Insurance Limited Manufactured Homes Insurance Agency Pty Ltd
Australian Associated Motor Insurers Ltd Marsh Pty Ltd
Australian European Insurance (Brokers) Pty Ltd Millennium Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd
Australian Unity General Insurance Ltd Miramar Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd
Auto and General Insurance Company Limited Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Ltd
Axis Underwriting Services Pty Ltd Mutual Community General Insurance Pty Ltd
BHP Billiton Marine & General Insurances Pty Ltd Nipponkoa Insurance Company Ltd
Calliden Limited QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited
Catholic Church Insurances Ltd QBE Insurance (International) Limited
Catlin Australia Pty Ltd QBE Mercantile Mutual Ltd
CGU - VACC Insurance Limited Sompo Japan Insurance Incorporated
CGU Insurance Limited Sportscover Australia Pty Ltd
Chambers Gallop McMahon Pty Ltd SRS Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd
Chronos Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd Suncorp Metway Insurance Ltd
Chubb Insurance Co Of Australia Ltd Territory Insurance Office
Commonwealth Insurance Ltd The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd
Cumis Insurance Society Inc Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co Ltd
Curasalus Insurance Pty Ltd Universal Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd
Defence Service Homes Insurance Scheme Vero Insurance Limited
EIG-Ansvar Limited Victorian Managed Insurance Authority
Elders Insurance Ltd Wesfarmers Federation Insurance Ltd
F.M. Insurance Company Ltd Westpac General Insurance Limited
Farmers Mutual Insurance Limited Willis  Australia  Ltd
Freeman McMurrick Pty Ltd XL Insurance Company Ltd
Gerling Australia Insurance Co. Pty Ltd Yourinsurancegroup
GIO General Ltd Zurich Australian Insurance Ltd
Guardian Underwriting Services Pty Ltd  

Contributions other than Insurance Companies

Section 80A of the CFA Act addresses property in the country area of Victoria insured against fire with a person carrying on a business of insurance against fire, not being an insurance company required to make a return under section 77 of the CFA Act.

The following companies made contributions in accordance with section 80A of the CFA Act during 2007-08:

Aon Risk Services Mahony & Company Limited
Armbro Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd Marsh Pty Ltd
Ausnet Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd Miller & Associates Insurance Broking Pty Ltd
Australian Underwriters OAMPS Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd
Benfield (Australia) Pty Ltd Redpath Ideal Greenhouses
BHP Billiton Limited Ricegrowers Limited t/as Sunrice
BMW Australia Finance Limited Rosemaur Properties Pty Ltd
Continental Insurance Co Rural & General Insurance Broking Pty Ltd
Corion Pty Limited Shell Australia Limited
Dominion Underwriting Agents Pty Limited Specialised Broking Associates
Drake Australia Pty Ltd Strathearn Insurance Brokers
East Victoria Plantation Forest Company of Australia Tartakover
Trafalgar Insurance Brokers (NZ)
Genesis Insurance Brokers Australia Unilever Australasia
Green Triangle Plantation Forest Company of Australia Pty Ltd Vero NZ Ltd
Willis Australia Ltd
High Street Underwriting World Insurance Network
Horsell International Pty Ltd  
Insurance Advisernet Australia Pty Ltd  
Jardine Lloyd Thompson  

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