At the Conference session on Saturday 29 October, UFBA Director Bill Butzbach reported on the extensive consultation and effective advocacy undertaken by the UFBA.
Since the UFBA was established 138 years ago, we have been at the forefront of all major change. Bill explained the many iterations of change or proposed changes that have been tabled in the sector—all with variable results.
Proactive UFBA advocacy
During 2016, our proactive advocacy and consultation has included:
- The UFBA/FRFANZ MoU
- A plain language analysis of the FENZ Bill
- Member surveys
- National UFBA/FRFANZ roadshow meetings (with outstanding contributions from urban and rural members)
- A joint UFBA/FRFANZ submission on the FENZ Bill and
- A joint UFBA/FRFANZ Select Committee address.
- Influenced section 33 of the FENZ Bill—FENZ Duty to Volunteers
- Influenced section 34—Provision of advocacy services to FENZ Volunteers
- Influenced detailed policy design including adoption of modern principles for volunteer involvement and maintenance of local leadership
- Preliminary definition of relationships between VFBs, VRFFs and FENZ
- Built and maintained key relationships with Associated Agencies, the DIA and the FENZ Transition Team.
We are fostering a partnership approach with the FENZ Transition Team on a large number of co-design proposals including the:
- Volunteer relationship with FENZ
- Terms of engagement
- Organisational design
- Support for volunteers (Volunteer Charter)
- Dispute resolution scheme
- Local Committee pilots.
We are committed to achieving the best outcomes for members and communities.
To see Bill's full presentation, click Fire Services Reform: Proactive UFBA Advocacy or download below.
Click here for the November 2016 one-page UFBA Fire Services Reform Update and share with your colleagues or download below.
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