Additional Information - Powers, Duties and Responsibilities

The CFA Act provides the principal source of direction as to our powers, duties and responsibilities including:

Section Summary of Power, Duty or Responsibility
14 Control of the prevention and suppression of fires in country areas
20 General duty of the Authority
20AA General powers of the Authority
20A Attendances unconnected with fire
27 Chief Officer to have control of all brigades
28 Powers and duties of Chief Officer
29 General powers and duties of Chief Officer
30 and 33(2) Powers of officers at fires
35 Authority to inform the Secretary to Department of Human Services in certain matters
36 Authority may require certain municipalities to provide hydrants in streets, etc
44 Duties of officers as to inspection, etc.
44A Power of Chief Officer to close roads
48 Power of Police, Chief Officer, etc, to direct extinguishment of fires
97 Authority as a protection agency
97A Authority may provide rescue and extrication services
97B Authority may provide road accident and rescue service
97C Authority may provide protection service
98 Power to investigate fires

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In addition, the Act sets out a number of powers that can be exercised by CFA that relate to fire prevention including:

Section Summary of subject matter
4 Declaration of the fire summer period
37 General prohibition against lighting open air fires
40 Provisions about total fire bans
41 Fire prevention notices
41F Issuing notices by the Chief Officer

Regulation provides a clear framework for our operations. Relevant legislation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Country Fire Authority Act (Vic) 1958
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act (Vic) 2004
  • Financial Management Act (Vic) 1994
  • Audit Act (Vic) 1994
    Freedom of Information Act (Vic) 1982
  • Information Privacy Act (Vic) 2000
  • Emergency Management Act (Vic) 1987
  • Planning and Environment Act (Vic) 1987
  • Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks & Movable Dwellings) Act (Vic) 1997
  • Subdivision Act (Vic) 1988
  • Rail Safety Act (Vic) 2006
  • Electricity Safety Act (Vic) 1998
  • Environment Protection Act (Vic) 1970
  • Telecommunications Act (Cth) 1997
  • Public Administration Act (Vic) 2004
  • Ombudsman Act (Vic) 1973
  • Whistleblowers Protection Act (Vic) 2001
  • Equal Opportunity Act (Vic) 1995 & 2010
  • Dangerous Goods Act (Vic) 1985
  • Fair Work Act (Cth) 2009
  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act (Cth) 1986
  • Disability Act (Vic) 2006
  • Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (Vic) 2006

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