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:
- CFA has procedures in accordance with Part 6 of the
- CFA received no disclosures under the Whistleblowers Act.
- CFA referred no disclosures to the Ombudsman for
determination as to whether it is a public interest
- The Ombudsman did not undertake any investigations
in relation to disclosures.
- CFA did not decline to investigate any disclosed matter,
which would be a protected disclosure under the
Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001.
- The Ombudsman did not make any recommendations
relating to CFA in relation to the Whistleblowers Act
during the reporting period.
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.
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:
- be in writing
- be accompanied by an application fee of $23.90 or request for a fee waiver with supporting documentation
- provide such information as is reasonably necessary to
enable the documents to be identified as described in
Not all information held by us requires an FOI application for access. Information which may be available without an FOI application includes:
- an individual’s personal information, such as personnel
- information that is available publicly, such as on a
- information that is available for purchase (e.g. fire/
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
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.
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.
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.