SITREP No. 30/2010

July 30, 2010

Inside this issue:

  • Meal and travel allowances increased from 1 July 2010
  • Community safety activities

Meal and travel allowance increased from 1 July 2010

Certain allowances in both the Permanent and Retained Awards increased on 1 July 2010.  The accommodation, meal and incidental allowances have been determined at a level consistent with the reasonable allowance amounts for the 2010/2011 income year as determined by the Australian Tax Office (ATO).  Attached to this SITREP are the [download id=”30″].

Community safety activities

This week the Union was informed that in one zone, management are setting quotas for firefighters to undertake community safety activities.

This is not on. There is no agreement between the Union and the Department as to community safety activity quotas and any member who is pressured by their management to meet such targets should contact the Union immediately.

To make it absolutely clear, the State Committee of Management considered this issue at it’s meeting yesterday and resolved as follows:

“That having regard to community safety activities, State Committee confirms its view that:

a)    there is a suite of programs that Station Officers may choose to deliver in their areas, in consultation with their crew, but given the increasing number of programs, no member should be expected or required to deliver all of them;

b)    there should be no quotas, but members should undertake what is reasonable having regard to the station’s workload;

c)    there are certain activities which are entirely voluntary, including smoke alarm installations and kitchen fire simulators;

d)    the identification of risk profiles and the programs associated with those profiles for station areas should continue to be provided by the Community Safety Division; and

e)    whilst the station will be a contact point for community members wishing to be involved in a program or arrange a station visit, the advertisement and promotion of community safety activities provided by stations should continue to be carried out by the Community Safety Division.”

Jim Casey
State Secretary



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