20 October, 2017

SITREP 33 gave notice of the Union’s 107th Annual General meeting to be held commencing next week. Notice is hereby given in accordance with Rule 12 that a Special General Meeting will be held concurrently with next week’s AGM to consider the following recommendation from the Union’s Sydney Outer West Sub-Branch:

“That the Permanent Award should be amended to allow members who give 64 weeks or less written notice of their date of resignation (including retirement) from FRNSW should be allowed the choice of:

  1. a) taking their annual leave as scheduled, or: 
  2. b) deferring taking their annual leave until immediately prior to leaving; or 
  3. c) not taking any annual leave prior to leaving and instead being paid the value of their accumulated annual leave on exit.”

Members are reminded that as per Rule 11, the opening section meeting is the only meeting at which motions may be amended. The AGM/SGM meetings details are as follows:

Thursday 26 October 1000 hrs Trades Hall Auditorium, Goulburn St Sydney   (Opening AGM/SGM)
1830 hrs 36 Crows Nest   (Sydney North Sub-Branch)
Friday 27 October 0930 hrs 304 Gosford   (Central Coast Sub-Branch)
1330 hrs 260 Newcastle   (Newcastle Sub-Branch)
Sunday 29 October 0900 hrs 8 Liverpool   (Sydney South West Sub-Branch)
1600 hrs 216 Bathurst   (Country Sub-Branch)
Monday 30 October 1000 hrs 207 Albion Park   (Illawarra Sub-Branch)
1800 hrs 21 Kogarah   (Sydney South Sub-Branch)
Tuesday 31 October 1000 hrs Alexandria Training College   (Sydney Central Sub-Branch)
1300 hrs Block B, Amarina Avenue Greenacre   (Sydney Inner West Sub-Branch)
1800 hrs 97 Huntingwood   (Sydney Outer West Sub-Branch & AGM/SGM Close)


Retained and Country Sub-Branch members may meet locally (but once only) at any time between 1830 hours on Thursday 26 October and 0800 hours on Tuesday 31 October provided that:

  1. a)  a quorum of least seven financial Union members will be present throughout the course of the meeting; and
  2. b)  written notice of intention to hold a meeting together with the proposed time, date and location is received by the Union office by no later than 1700 hours on Tuesday 24 October.

Note that any Union member (permanent or retained) may attend any Sub-Branch meeting and vote on any General Meeting question, even if they are not a member of that Sub-Branch.

Leighton Drury
State Secretary

For a printable copy of this SITREP, please click here.

19 October, 2017

Inside this issue:

  • Tamworth to go 10/14 – update #1
  • Health and Fitness testing  – update #6
  • Dept puts EAP confidentiality in doubt – update #1

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13 October, 2017
  • Statutory Declarations – update #2
  • 2017 AGM details

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12 October, 2017

Attention: Permanent members Regional North

Area-wide ban imposed after Department ignores warning and breaches Award

Last Friday’s SITREP 34/17 included this item:

Statutory Declarations – NSW or Commonwealth update #1

Members in Regional North have recently had their claims for Carer’s Leave rejected because they did not use the statutory declaration form provided by the Department. The Union will sort that, but our advice provided to members in SITREP 28 stands. Members are not required to use the statutory declaration provided by the Department and the Union strongly recommends against using that version as it inserts additional, unnecessary wording that is designed to trap members. Members should instead use the standard NSW statutory declaration form that can be found on our website. The Union is putting the Department on notice that the next Area to reject an FBEU member’s statutory declaration because the member did not use the FRNSW version will be subject to immediate Area-wide bans. Members who find themselves in this situation should contact the Union office asap.

A member at 468 Tweed Heads reported this afternoon that the Statutory Declaration that he submitted on Monday had been rejected on the grounds of “Incorrect Stat Dec”. There was nothing incorrect about the member’s Statutory Declaration.

Accordingly, all Permanent members of Inspector rank and below within Regional North Area Command (including relievers) are hereby instructed that no member is to perform any paperwork or administrative duties (including E-Airs, PIP’s, CARS, e-Occurrence book, etc.) other than for firefighter pay or leave related matters.

This instruction is effective immediately upon receipt of this notice today Wednesday 11 October and shall remain in place until amended or withdrawn by way of further notice from the State Secretary.

Leighton Drury
State Secretary

For a print version of this Code Red, click here.

[Note: This instruction was subsequently lifted on and from 1800 hours on Friday 13 October  – see SITREP 35/17]

7 October, 2017

Inside this issue:

  • RBRP threatens Retained system – update #7
  • Statutory Declarations – NSW or Commonwealth update #1
  • Health and Fitness testing – update #5
  • Dept puts EAP confidentiality in doubt

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29 September, 2017
  • 2017 AGM
  • The RFS “north side club”
  • In brief …

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16 September, 2017

Inside this issue:

  • RBRP threatens Retained system – update #6
  • Health and Fitness testing – update #4
  • Rising Inequality: An Australian reality

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8 September, 2017
  • 26 hour limit now in force
  • Reminder – if in doubt, apply
  •  In brief …

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25 August, 2017
  • RBRP threatens Retained system – update #5
  • Diploma in Leadership
  • Recovery of overpayments – Dept breaching Award

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18 August, 2017
  • Emergency Services inquiry
  • Operational Support dispute – update #2
  • Health and Fitness testing – update #3
  • Regional North meetings this weekend

Read more…

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