Additional Information - Relevant Legislation and Policies
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).
In relation to the matters specified in section 104 of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 (Whistleblowers Act), during the reporting year:
- CFA has procedures in accordance with Part 6 of the Whistleblowers Act.
- CFA received one disclosure under the Whistleblowers Act.
- CFA referred one disclosure to the Ombudsman for determination as to whether it is a public interest disclosure.
- The Ombudsman did not refer any disclosed matter to CFA.
- CFA did not refer any disclosed matter to the Ombudsman to investigate.
- The Ombudsman did not take over any investigation from CFA of a disclosed matter.
- CFA did not decline to investigate any disclosed matter.
- There were no disclosed matters that were substantiated on investigation and which required further action to be taken.
- The Ombudsman did not make any recommendations relating to CFA in relation to the Whistleblowers Act during the reporting period.
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.
A request generally falls into one of two categories:
- requests for access to documents of the agency, which must contain sufficient information to identify the documents sought
- requests for amendment of personal records, which must identify the record involved sufficiently and specify the amendment sought.
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
MT WAVERLEY VIC 3149
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 regarding the FOI Act may be obtained from the FOI Act and regulations under the FOI Act and www.foi.vic.gov.au. The FOI Act and regulations under it may be purchased from:
356 Collins Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Tel: 1300 366 356
Freedom of Information Contact:
CFA FOI Officer
Tel: (03) 9262 8512
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.
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:
- an overall level of local content of 95 per cent of the total value of the contract
- 15 full-time equivalent jobs.
The benefits (as highlights) to the Victorian economy in terms of skills and technology transfer increases:
- CFA contracts have encouraged the use of locally developed technology in production of specialist firefighting assemblies and ancillary equipment.
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).
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|