Meeting the demands of a 21st century Victoria
Victoria’s fire services are being reformed so that they can meet the needs of our rapidly changing state – now and into the future.
The bravery, skill and dedication of our firefighters, whether career or volunteer, keep Victorian communities safe.
But firefighters are let down by outdated management and governance structures that can’t keep up with Victoria’s rapid growth and evolution.
Victoria has the best firefighters in the world, but they currently operate under systems and structures that have not changed since the 1950s.
As our state grows and changes, the demands on our fire services will only continue to mount. Our cities and suburbs have grown significantly and it is clear that these services are in need of modernisation.
A modern fire service
A new organisation – Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) – will bring together MFB and CFA career firefighters to serve metropolitan Melbourne and major regional centres.
The CFA will be restored as a volunteer firefighter organisation, and Victoria’s 1,220 CFA volunteer brigades will be strengthened and supported to serve and protect their communities as they always have.
Importantly, CFA volunteers currently serving at one of the State’s integrated stations will be able to remain at that station if they choose to, co-locating with Fire Rescue Victoria services under the altered boundaries.
Fire Rescue Victoria will cover existing MFB boundaries and serve metropolitan Melbourne, outer urban areas and larger regional centres across Victoria. Boundaries will also be altered to reflect population growth across the State – a change the fire services have requested for a long time.
To ensure our fire services can adapt as Victoria grows, an independent Fire District Review Panel will be established to advise on future changes to the boundaries.
In support of these reforms, the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2019 was introduced to Parliament on 29 May 2019 and is now legislated in Victoria.
Presumptive rights compensation scheme
The reforms introduce presumptive rights to cancer compensation for career and volunteer firefighters, recognising the invaluable service they provide which often requires them to work in inherently dangerous conditions.
Administered through WorkSafe, the new scheme will apply to individuals who have served as firefighters for a specified number of years, depending on the cancer type, and have been diagnosed since 1 June 2016.
Map of integrated stations
Integrated stations include both career and volunteer firefighters and are currently run by CFA. Under the legislation, these stations will move to FRV. Volunteer brigades will be supported to co-locate with FRV units.
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About the reform
Victoria’s fire services are being reformed to meet the needs of our rapidly changing state - now and into the future.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) will be a fully volunteer firefighting service and Fire Rescue Victoria will be established to lead firefighting in Melbourne and major regional centres.
Both CFA and FRV will work together to keep Victorians safe.
Volunteers are vital to the Victorian community and they will continue to serve the same communities and be enshrined under law.
Fire Rescue Victoria will bring together the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and CFA career firefighters from the existing 38 integrated stations under one organisation.
To ensure our fire services can adapt as Victoria grows, an independent Fire District Review Panel will be established to advise on future changes to the boundaries between fire services. The Panel will conduct future reviews of the boundary between fire services.
The Government will also deliver long-awaited presumptive rights to cancer compensation for both career and volunteer firefighters.
Victoria has some of the best firefighters in the world but they currently operate under systems and structures that have not changed since the 1950s.
Under current arrangements, the CFA serves Victoria through a network of 1,220 community-based volunteer brigades and 38 integrated stations staffed by both career firefighters and volunteers. At the same time, the MFB operates in built up areas of Melbourne through a network of 47 stations staffed by career firefighters.
But as a number of reviews and inquiries have made clear, particularly the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, our firefighters are being let down by an outdated structure.
As our population grows and our environment changes, our existing fire services model is struggling to keep up.
In short: just as our state evolves, so too must our fire services.
Fire Rescue Victoria will be established to lead firefighting in major regional cities and Melbourne. FRV will bring together the MFB and career staff from Victoria’s 38 integrated CFA stations, including the 450 extra career firefighters recruited over the past four years.
Fire Rescue Victoria will be based on other successful police and emergency services organisations, including the model in New South Wales, and will be led by its own Commissioner.
The Victorian Government is committed to investing in our fire services to ensure that we have world class fire services that can keep us safe now and into the future.
Importantly, the Victorian Government has made a commitment that the costs of implementing these reforms will not be met by increasing the Fire Services Property Levy.
All existing MFB and CFA career firefighters will transition into Fire Rescue Victoria. These reforms are being undertaken to modernise and improve Victoria’s fire services, and this cannot be achieved without the hardworking firefighters that make up and support our fire services.
The work of career and volunteer firefighters will continue on the ground to ensure community safety.
FRV, CFA and all of Victoria’s emergency services will work together to respond to emergencies.
The changes in the Fire Services Statement will ensure that Victorians receive a world class fire service no matter where they live.
These changes will not occur prior to the 2019–2020 summer fire season. The Government will work closely with volunteers and fire agencies to implement these reforms over the next year, in time for the 2020–2021 summer fire season.
Until that time, emergency service operations will continue as they currently do and the community will continue to receive the same high quality services.
A number of governance and working groups have been established to work through transitional arrangements, engage stakeholders, provide advice on key matters and ensure information is shared across agencies throughout the implementation of the reforms.
These groups have been meeting regularly since July 2019 and include representatives from CFA, MFB, industrial and representative bodies, other emergency services agencies and government departments.
The safety of the community and our emergency services people remain the government’s utmost priority, and the implementation of the reforms will not detract from vital community safety work.
The Fire Services Reform Governance Groups are working through the logistics of implementation and identifying arrangements that facilitate a safe, smooth and effective transition to the reform model.
Once FRV has been established, the Act requires separate outcomes framework to be developed for CFA and FRV. These set out the tangible goals – or outcomes – which each agency must strive to achieve, and the outcomes frameworks will have a strong focus on community safety uplift.
As part of developing the outcomes frameworks, available data sources and their capability to support any proposed outcomes measures will be considered. Each framework will be made publicly available via the FRV and CFA websites.
An Implementation Monitor will be appointed to review and assess the progress of the fire services agencies in implementing the reforms and achieving the goals in their outcomes framework.
The Fire Rescue Commissioner and CFA Chief Officer must provide quarterly updates to the Implementation Monitor on their agency’s performance against aspects of their outcomes framework including community safety. The Implementation Monitor will make their reports public by publishing them on their website.
These reforms were modelled on best practice of other states. In particular, our accountability model under the newly established FRV aligns with national best practice.
Every state and territory’s fire services model differs based on their own unique system. While we have considered each of these models and what benefit they can provide to this state, our model is uniquely Victorian.
This is the job of the Implementation Monitor. The Implementation Monitor will be in place before the reforms ‘go live’ to ensure they are ready and able to undertake this important function.
Key capabilities and experiences the Implementation Monitor requires include:
- senior executive management experience (particularly in an operational environment)
- a strong understanding of complex multi-agency environments
- a significant record of providing evidence-based reports to Government
The Implementation Monitor is not subject to the general direction or control of the Minister in respect of the performance of the Implementation Monitor's functions or duties or the exercise of the Monitor's powers.
Subject to the reform Act and other laws of the State, the Implementation Monitor has complete discretion in respect of the performance of the Implementation Monitor's functions and duties and the exercise of the Implementation Monitor's powers.
Within 60 days of FRV being operational the Minister must table an Implementation Plan in Parliament. The FRV Commissioner and CFA Chief Officer must also ensure the Implementation Plan is made public and is published on their agency website.
This plan must include, but is not limited to, priorities and proposed actions in relation to the following matters:
- the adoption of procedures by the CFA and FRV to enable them to have regard to the priorities set out in the Fire Services Statement in carrying out their functions
- the financial sustainability of the CFA and FRV, including in relation to ensuring that volunteer brigades are not adversely affected by the fire services reforms
- improvements in the ability of CFA, FRV and other emergency agencies to work effectively across organisational boundaries
- the provision of operational and management support by CFA and FRV, and the effectiveness of this support in enabling the CFA to meet the objectives set out in section 2 of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958
- improvements in staff training in relation to CFA and FRV
The Implementation Plan must also include the development of a funding plan to determine the financial requirements of the CFA and FRV, and the development of a long-term funding plan for both agencies.
The Implementation Plan can be updated in consultation with CFA and FRV.
An Implementation Monitor will review and assess the progress of the fire services agencies in implementing the reforms.
The Monitor will also provide quarterly reports on the fire service agencies meeting the performance indicators in an outcomes framework, which both agencies must develop by 1 August 2020.
The Monitor will review and assess ongoing efforts to improve interaction between FRV, the CFA and other agencies, consult and engage with agencies, and prepare annual reports on its findings.
Importantly, the Monitor will also report on the financial sustainability of the fire service agencies and the impact of reforms on financial sustainability. In this way, the Monitor will ensure that the reforms are carried out in line with the Government’s expectations.
Victoria has some of the fastest response rates in Australia and in dense urban areas the response target is eight minutes. This will not change.
An integrated station includes both career and volunteer firefighters and is run by CFA. Under the proposed legislation, these stations and assets, and career firefighters, will move to FRV. Volunteer brigades will be supported to co-locate with FRV units.
1120 Sturt Street, Ballarat Victoria 3350
2–4 Reynolds Road, Belmont Victoria 3216
145–149 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo Victoria 3550
296–306 Boronia Road, Boronia Victoria 3155
8–10 Caroline Springs Boulevard, Caroline Springs Victoria 3012
20-32 Birdwood Avenue, Norlane Victoria 3214
2 Belsay Place, Craigieburn Victoria 3064
8–10 Arundel Street, Cranbourne Victoria 3977
186–194 Princes Highway, Dandenong Victoria 3175
61 Brougham Street, Eltham Victoria 3095
3 Cranbourne Road, Frankston Victoria 3199
69 McKillop Street, Geelong Victoria 3220
33 Barrymore Road, Greenvale Victoria 3059
12–14 Belgrave Hallam Road, Hallam Victoria 3803
119 Derrimut Road, Werribee Victoria 3030
25 Mill Road, Lara Victoria 3212
77-79 Lloyd Street, Moe Victoria 3825
89 Ballarat Carngham Road, Winter Valley Victoria 3358
40–44 Henry Street, Melton Victoria 3337
326 San Mateo Avenue, Mildura Victoria 3500
859 Nepean Highway, Mornington Victoria 3931
26 Mcdonald Street, Morwell Victoria 3840
5–11 Shell Road, Ocean Grove Victoria 3226
780 Princes Highway, Pakenham Victoria 3810
37 McLeod Road, Carrum Victoria 3197
83–93 Dunnings Road, Point Cook Victoria 3030
130 Percy Street, Portland Victoria 3305
99–101 Boneo Road, Rosebud Victoria 3939
1063 Wellington Road, Rowville Victoria 3178
268 Maude Street, Shepparton Victoria 3630
875 Plenty Road, South Morang Victoria 3752
29 Falconer Road, Park Orchards Victoria 3114
518 Springvale Road, Springvale South Victoria 3172
144 Gap Road, Sunbury Victoria 3429
158 Princes Street, Traralgon Victoria 3844
26–30 Handley Street, Wangaratta Victoria 3677
61–67 Mortlake Road, Warrnambool Victoria 3280
37–39 Stanley Street, Wodonga Victoria 3690
Under these reforms, CFA will be restored as a fully volunteer firefighter, community based organisation that supports Victorians during emergencies. CFA will continue to provide day to day support as well as vital surge capacity for major fire events, particularly bushfires.
Fire Rescue Victoria will lead firefighting in Melbourne and major regional centres, from a network of stations that will be staffed by career firefighters – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
FRV and CFA will work together to keep Victoria safe and resilient.
Yes. All emergency services agencies will continue to work together to keep Victoria safe. The Fire Rescue Commissioner will work closely with the CFA Chief Officer and take a state-wide approach to risk management.
As part of the reforms, an independent and expert Strategic Advisory Committee will be appointed to provide advice to FRV on a range of issues, including engagement and integration with the broader emergency management sector, and the identification of emerging opportunities and risks. This will include looking at how FRV can best work with CFA and volunteer firefighters to keep communities safe.
The safety of Victorians, no matter where they live, is of utmost importance in the implementation of the fire services reforms.
Country Fire Authority
Volunteer firefighters will continue to play a central role in the day to day provision of fire prevention and suppression activities in the former 38 integrated fire station areas, which are now included in the FRV fire district.
The Bill provides a new section that acknowledges it is the intention of Parliament to recognise and value the contribution of volunteer brigades located in the FRV fire district.
The Bill also provides that FRV must, subject to operational requirements, request the assistance of all volunteer brigades located in the FRV fire district to protect life or property, or prevent or suppress a fire in the FRV fire district.
Tailored support will be provided for volunteers at the 38 integrated stations where career firefighters will transfer to FRV.
Volunteers at these stations have strong loyalty and connections to their brigade and local community.
The Government and CFA will work with volunteers in the 38 integrated stations to identify the best solution of each volunteer and each brigade.
Information and engagement sessions will take place with volunteers and staff at the 38 integrated stations to plan for the transition. Operational implementation of these changes will be overseen by the Chief Officer and the Implementation Monitor.
The Government is committed to supporting existing volunteer brigades to maintain their connection to formerly integrated CFA stations. Former MFB stations will remain fully career firefighting stations under FRV.
All emergency services will continue to work together for all emergencies across Victoria. Volunteers will work closely with Fire Rescue Victoria and other emergency services to provide a vital service to the Victorian community.
Arrangements for the dispatch of fire services within the Fire Rescue Victoria fire district will be worked through as part of the implementation of these reforms. Importantly the bill establishes that Fire Rescue Victoria will seek assistance from CFA volunteer brigades based in the Fire Rescue Victoria fire district where there is an operational need for this assistance.
Current arrangements for control of the fire ground will remain the same. The first arriving officer becomes the Incident Controller, and any changes to this are in accordance with the operating procedures on transfer of control that apply across all of our emergency services.
Volunteers in suburban locations provide a valuable service to their communities, including vital surge capacity state-wide, for campaign and other major fire events.
These volunteers have strong loyalty and connections to their local community and station, which the Government wants to preserve and strengthen.
The Government is committed to funding new brigade-based training and additional training coordinators focused on local needs, in recognition of calls from volunteers for more flexible and locally delivered training options.
The legislation establishes a process for Fire Rescue Victoria employees to be seconded to the CFA to provide ongoing support to the CFA.
The Government intends that FRV employees will be seconded to the CFA to perform roles that are necessary to enable the CFA to continue to fulfil its statutory functions.
The Government also intends that CFA employees who currently perform these roles for the CFA, will be seconded back to the CFA once the reforms commence. Seconded staff will be subject to the order and control of the CFA Chief Officer.
There is a joint selection process for Fire Rescue Victoria and CFA to select suitable officers and employees of Fire Rescue Victoria for a secondment.
The CFA Chief Officer has also been given the final approval on whether an officer or employee is suitable for secondment. Existing CFA employees that are transferred to Fire Rescue Victoria as a result of these reforms, will not have to go through this selection process.
The legislation also sets out a model which can be used in the event that the CFA Chief Officer is not satisfied that a suitable candidate can be provided by Fire Rescue Victoria.
This model provides that the CFA Chief Officer can request Fire Rescue Victoria to undertake an external recruitment process, in consultation with the Chief Officer, for the purpose of hiring a new employee, which will then be seconded to the CFA.
Candidates must be assessed by the Firefighters Registration Board, which is also established by the legislation, before their appointment can be confirmed.
The CFA Chief Officer has order and control over the work of an officer or employee during their secondment and has the power to suspend or terminate the secondment in relation to conduct.
The Firefighters Registration Board is designed to assist where a suitable candidate cannot be provided by Fire Rescue Victoria to be seconded to the CFA.
The Firefighters Registration Board must assess the experience and qualifications of candidates under lateral entry before they are appointed to Fire Rescue Victoria. This will ensure that candidates possess the necessary skills and experience to perform their duties at the CFA.
The purpose of the Firefighters Registration Board is to ensure that candidates possess the necessary skills and experience to perform their duties at the CFA.
As career firefighters are required to complete highly intensive formal training, including 20 weeks as part of the Victorian Career Firefighter Course, with an additional 3 years of training on station, as a condition of recruitment, the registration requirements do not apply to existing career firefighters and subsequent new recruits to FRV.
Fire Rescue Victoria
The government is taking action to protect CFA volunteers, modernise our fire services and most importantly – keep Victorians safe, wherever they live.
Victoria has some of the best firefighters in the world, but they currently operate under systems and structures that have not changed since the 1950s.
In just the last decade, eight reviews have been undertaken into Victoria’s fire services. Every one of them, including the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, have made it clear that the state’s services are in desperate need of modernisation.
The Government is making changes to address these issues, and ensure Victorians can rely on a modern and local fire service to keep them safe.
Consistent with a similar approach in the Victoria Police Act 2013, the Act provides that FRV and the Fire Rescue Commissioner are subject to the general direction and control of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, including, but not limited to, the policies and priorities to be pursued by FRV and the Fire Rescue Commissioner.
The Act deliberately excludes operational functions and powers of FRV or the Fire Rescue Commissioner from the general direction and control of the Minister, including powers of delegation, organisational structure, deployment and establishment of fire units.
The legislation to establish Fire Rescue Victoria was introduced into Parliament on 29 May 2019. In transitioning to these new arrangements, the new model will not come into effect until mid-2020, which will mean no change for the 2019–2020 summer fire season. The Government will work closely with volunteers and fire agencies to implement these reforms over the next year, in time for the 2020–2021 summer fire season.
On the ground emergency service operations will continue as normal and the community will continue to receive the same high quality services. When Fire Rescue Victoria commences it will be fully operational with the staff and assets it requires to keep the community safe.
Fire Rescue Victoria covers the existing metropolitan fire area and has been expanded to include some outer urban and larger regional centres currently serviced by CFA integrated stations. These boundary changes will address the increasing demand, complexity and risk profile within these areas due to population growth, land use and industrial changes.
The metropolitan fire boundaries have not been changed for more than 60 years but our cities and suburbs have grown significantly.
Fire Rescue Victoria covers the existing metropolitan fire area and has been expanded to include additional suburban areas and regional cities covered by the CFA’s 38 integrated stations. In these areas Fire Rescue Victoria will continue to work alongside CFA volunteer brigades.
To ensure our fire services can adapt as Victoria grows, an independent Fire District Review Panel will be established to advise on future changes to the boundaries between fire services.
Reviews of the FRV fire district will be undertaken by the Fire District Review Panel at least every four years in consultation with fire services agencies and local councils, having regard to any changes in fire risk.
If there is a change in fire risk, the Fire District Review Panel will be required to publish its determination of the change in fire risk and notify the Chief Officer of the CFA.
The Chief Officer will then provide advice to the Panel on how the CFA will support affected volunteer brigades to ensure they have the capacity to effectively respond to the change in fire risk. The Panel can suspend its review for up to 12 months in order to allow the Chief Officer of the CFA to give advice to the Panel.
Once that advice is received the Panel must request that the Chief Officer provides advice within 30 days on the progress of the CFA in delivering the support to volunteer brigades. At the end of the 30 day period the Panel must finalise its review.
This ensures that volunteer brigades have the opportunity to receive support from the CFA to address a change in fire risk, prior to any change being made to the FRV fire district boundary.
The Minister may then make a determination to vary the FRV fire district based on the recommendation of the Fire District Review Panel and other relevant factors. Determinations will be published in the Victorian Government Gazette and online.
The Panel will provide advice to the Minister based on a risk based assessment.
In making this assessment, the Panel must consider shifts in population, changes in service demand, the impact of changing land use, and any other circumstance that may result in a material change to fire risk.
If a review is being undertaken that may affect you or communities in your area there are several options available if you wish to have a say.
Because the Act expressly requires the Fire District Review Panel to consult with all relevant agencies and municipal governments, you can raise this matter with the relevant local council or fire agency. Staff within FRV and CFA can escalate fire district concerns to their executives who will be consulted as part of the review process.
If you believe a Fire District Review Panel should conduct a review, you can also write to your local member of Parliament who may refer the matter to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on your behalf.
Because the Minister will make the final determination as to whether the Fire Rescue Victoria’s fire district will change, the Minister may choose to not adopt the advice of the Fire District Review Panel or request that further review is undertaken.
In deciding whether or adopt the advice of the panel, the Minister must consider the:
- recommendations in the Panels review and reasoning behind them
- capacity of each fire agency to perform its duties
- implications on the budget and resources of each agency
- implications on the budget and resources of the broader emergency management sector
All staff will remain on their current Enterprise Agreement until such time as a new Enterprise Agreement is negotiated with Fire Rescue Victoria employees and their unions and approved by the Fair Work Commission.
There will be no changes to firefighters’ superannuation entitlements.
The Strategic Advisory Committee will be established to provide expert and independent advice to Fire Rescue Victoria on several different areas, including but not limited to:
- workforce diversity and flexibility
- the future direction of FRV
- organisational governance
- risk management
- FRV’s engagement and integration with the broader emergency management sector
The Strategic Advisory Committee can provide advice to FRV on any matters relevant to Fire Rescue Victoria, which includes working closely with CFA to keep Victorians safe.
The Committee is appointed by the Minister, who must have regard to the mix of knowledge, skills and experience of the Committee as a whole.
The Strategic Advisory Committee can comprise up to 7 members appointed by the Minister. Members can be appointed for up to 5 years and may be reappointed.
When making these appointments the Minister must consider the mix of knowledge, skills and experience of the Committee as a whole, including, but not limited to:
- organisational governance
- performance and culture
- workforce diversity and flexibility
- fire or emergency services
The Act provides that a Minister may not appoint a person as a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee if the person is:
- an officer or employee of a fire services agency
- an officer or employee of an industrial body that is responsible for an enterprise agreement that applies to a fire services agency, or
- an officer or official of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Incorporated
This is to ensure the independence of the Strategic Advisory Committee, and to remove any real or perceived conflicts of interest. The Strategic Advisory Committee is a public entity for the purposes of the Public Administration Act 2004.
Yes. The Strategic Advisory Committee will be an independent public entity that provides advice to FRV. Once the reform model commences, the MFB Board will cease to exist and the Fire Rescue Commissioner will instead set the FRV strategic direction and report to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
Unlike the MFB Board, that currently reports to the Minister, the Strategic Advisory Committee provides advice to FRV and the Commissioner. This means that the Commissioner is fully accountable for and included in all high-level decision making relevant to FRV. The Strategic Advisory Committee can advise on any matters relevant to FRV but the Commissioner is not compelled to take this advice.
The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, in consultation with the Fire Rescue Commissioner, will set and review the terms of reference for the Strategic Advisory Committee.
The CFA Board will retain responsibility for CFA's overall performance and compliance with legislation and governance and will continue to be accountable to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
Career and volunteer firefighters now have presumptive rights to cancer compensation, recognising the invaluable service they provide which often requires them to work in inherently dangerous conditions.
Administered through WorkSafe, the new scheme will apply to individuals who have served as firefighters for a specified number of years, depending on the cancer type, and have been diagnosed since 1 June 2016.
Under the presumptive rights compensation scheme, a firefighter claiming compensation for certain cancers doesn’t have to prove that firefighting is the cause of their cancer.
Instead it will be presumed that they contracted cancer because of their firefighting service and that they therefore have an entitlement to compensation under the WorkSafe Victoria scheme.
The presumptive rights compensation scheme covers all Victorian career firefighters employed by Fire Rescue Victoria, or a predecessor organisation such as the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) or the Country Fire Authority (CFA). The scheme will also cover volunteer firefighters engaged by the CFA.
Firefighters that are diagnosed with one of 12 specified cancers and have served the requisite number of years (5 - 25 depending on cancer type) may have a presumptive entitlement to compensation.
The table below sets out the cancers and qualifying periods for the Victorian presumptive rights compensation scheme. These are consistent with all other Australian jurisdictions that currently have presumptive rights schemes in place for firefighters.
Disease Qualifying period Primary site brain cancer 5 years Primary site bladder cancer 15 years Primary site kidney cancer 15 years Primary non-Hodgkins lymphoma 15 years Primary leukemia 5 years Primary site breast cancer 10 years Primary site testicular cancer 10 years Multiple myeloma 15 years Primary site prostate cancer 15 years Primary site ureter cancer 15 years Primary site colorectal cancer 15 years Primary site oesophageal cancer 25 years
The cancer types and qualifying periods are based on Commonwealth legislation and are consistent with other jurisdictions. Should evidence emerge over time that additional cancers should also be prescribed in the legislation, the Government will consider additional legislative changes.
The cancer types covered under the legislation are consistent with the cancer types covered under equivalent presumptive rights legislation in other Australian jurisdictions.
These cancer types were originally determined based on consideration of a range of different studies regarding the occurrence of cancer in firefighters. The Government has previously committed that should evidence emerge over time that additional cancers should also be covered, the Government will consider additional legislative changes.
Career and volunteer firefighters who qualify for compensation under the Presumptive Scheme will be entitled to the existing benefits that are provided by WorkSafe in accordance with the WorkSafe scheme.
Volunteer firefighters will also continue to have the option of making a non-presumptive claim for compensation under the existing Volunteer Compensation Scheme administered by the CFA. However, volunteer firefighters will not be able to receive double compensation for the same injury under the Presumptive Compensation Scheme and the Volunteer Compensation Scheme.
Reviewed 06 February 2020