Relevant Legislation and Policies

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:

Privacy – Information Privacy Act 2000

The Information Privacy Act 2000 regulates how we protect the privacy of individuals, including but not limited to our members.

We have a dedicated Privacy Officer appointed to investigate privacy related issues and provide advice, guidance, education and training about our privacyrelated matters.

We have a privacy policy and register and respond to all enquiries and complaints.

Freedom of Information Act 1982

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 our possession are dealt with by our Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer. We are legally obliged to facilitate and promote prompt
disclosure of information in our possession at the time the request is received.

Making a Request

We hold files relating to, but not limited to, operational and policy matters, incident management, employees, career and volunteer firefighters, general administrative
responsibilities and correspondence.

A valid request for access to documents under the FOI Act must:

Not all information held by us requires an FOI application for access. Information which may be available without an FOI application includes:

Fees and Charges

An application fee must accompany a request for access (unless waived or reduced on hardship grounds) for it to be valid. This fee is set by Government and is subject to
change annually.

Charges may also apply (in addition to the application fee) for search time and photocopying as set out in the Freedom of Information (Access Charges) Regulations 2004.

Section 21 of the FOI Act states that agencies shall take all reasonable steps to notify an applicant of a decision on a request as soon as possible but in any case not later
than 45 days after the receipt of the request.

Freedom of Information Contact Information:

CFA Freedom of Information Officer.
PO Box 701.
Mount Waverley 3149.
Telephone: (03) 9262 8512.
Email: foi@cfa.vic.gov.au

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. We aim to comply with building standards and regulations at all times.

OH&S Act 2004

We adhere to the principles of health and safety protection set out in section 4 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, which stress the importance of giving the highest level of protection against risk to the health and safety of our employees, other persons at work and members of the public.


We pay particular attention to the exchange of information on health and safety matters with employees and volunteers in compliance with subsection (4) of section 4 of the Act.

Consultancies

In 2010-11, there were no consultancies individually in excess of $100,000. There were 12 consultancies individually less than $100,000, with total fees of $171,756.