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CEO Update: Training, football and leadership

By: Lucinda Nolan

Category: Other

  12.43 PM 13 April, 2016


Location: General

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Training is the one subject consistently raised with me when I’m out on the road visiting brigades and meeting members.

As I have outlined previously, we have been developing a Learning Action Plan that will outline how we can improve training in the next 12 months to support our frontline.

We are now asking you to review the draft plan and let us know what you think. Consultation will run until 20 May, 2016. Click here to view the draft plan and provide your feedback.

Your feedback will be used to shape the final plan, which will then be shared with you. The plan will be regularly reviewed to ensure it’s making a real difference on the frontline; and we will continue to update you on how the plan is being rolled out.

CFA has a proud history, and we must ensure that you are able to perform your role safely with the right skills and experience. We want our risk-based training to be fit for purpose, with flexible options that suit our members and respect their needs. 

The draft plan includes new training packages and better access and timing to when and where training is held, as well as improving recognition of prior learning. The draft plan also includes securing land for a new training facility in Central Highlands.

AFL Country Game

This Saturday afternoon, I’ll be among AFL fans at the Geelong versus Essendon match to honour the hard work and commitment of our members.

Two hundred and fifty CFA members will take part in a parade of honour around the MCG before the first bounce as part of the inaugural Country Game that will pay tribute to the contribution rural and regional areas make to football.

This is an exciting opportunity and we are pleased to be taking part. The two football clubs will be auctioning their Country Game jerseys and proceeds will be donated to CFA to support mental health initiatives.

Changes to leadership

Last week, Chief Officer Joe Buffone and I took part in two livestream sessions. It was great to hear from you, answer your questions and provide more information about what we are doing. The sessions can be viewed here.

During the sessions, I was asked when the Executive Leadership Team would be finalised.

We have begun recruiting for all vacant Executive Director (ED) roles and hope to have confirmed the new team by midyear.

Currently, Simone Gandur is acting as ED of Communication and Legal Services, with Todd Perkinson Acting ED of Infrastructure Services.

With the inclusion of the DCOs and a representative ACO on the leadership team, we believe it’s the right time to rename the executive leadership team which will now be known as the Organisational Leadership Team (OLT).

VEOHRC and hotline

Meanwhile, I want to update you on the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s review into workplace culture and gender equity in the fire services.

While the review hasn’t yet begun, those who would like to participate can register their interest here. The review will help us further improve our culture at CFA.

I’d also remind you about our new hotline where you can report bullying, harassment or other unreasonable behaviour. It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is managed by an external team. The hotline number is 1800 795 075.

Last Updated: 13 April 2016