Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016 [Provisions]

10 October 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-467-2

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1352KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Chapter 1 (PDF 56KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Purpose and overview of the bill
Structure of the report
Compatibility with human rights
Scrutiny of Bills Committee
Financial Impact Statement
Notes on references

Chapter 2 (PDF 366KB)

Key players in the Victorian firefighting dispute
The Country Fire Authority Act 1958 (Vic)
Timeline of the firefighting dispute in Victoria
Agencies responsible for delivering firefighting services across Australia

Chapter 3 (PDF 254KB)

Adverse impact of the EBA on volunteers and CFA culture
Adverse impact of the EBA on emergency management legislation
Power of veto—consultation and agreement requirements
Content of the proposed EBA
Limitations on the role of volunteers imposed by the EBA
Cost of the proposed EBA
Potential inconsistency of the EBA with Equal Opportunities legislation
Relationship of volunteers to their local communities
Scope of the bill
Entitlement for volunteer bodies to make submissions
Constitutionality of the bill
Overall committee view

Non-government Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 158KB)

Executive Summary
Political interference
Productive relationships between career and volunteer firefighters at integrated stations
EBA negotiation process
CFA consultation with volunteers
The EBA and the CFA Act
Uncertain scope of the bill
Entitlement for volunteers to make submissions to the Fair Work Commission
Constitutionality of the bill
Retrospectivity of the application of the bill

Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the committee (PDF 32KB)
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 3 - Examples of clauses constraining CFA decision making (PDF 696KB)
Appendix 4 - Volunteer Charter (PDF 155KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education and Employment Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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