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New rostering system goes live

By: Euan Ferguson

  9.47 AM 23 October, 2014

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I am pleased to announce CFA’s new online rostering system is now live at two stations in District 8 following introductory training for relevant Station Officers and OICs.

From late last week, station staff at Dandenong and Cranbourne can use the Electronic Rostering Application to access accurate and up-to-date information about members’ skills and availability to better manage their day-to-day staffing needs.

There will now be a period of intensive support while station staff get up to speed on the new system.

This is a significant milestone for CFA because this system has the potential to transform the ways in which we are able to roster our members in the dynamic environment in which we work. The electronic rostering system is a contemporary web-based product which will provide the services our members expect into the future.

As mentioned in my last update, the Fair Work Commission held a hearing into the United Firefighters Union’s application regarding the new system earlier this month. Both parties agreed on a without prejudice basis that a dummy VV paper system will run in conjunction with Kronos at Dandenong and Cranbourne for an initial period. This allows for a comparison to occur and a hearing of the UFU’s application for an interim order to temporarily halt the implementation of the system. This hearing will occur shortly.

Frankston and Hallam will be the next stations to start training on the system in early November, however, the go-live date for those stations will be subject to the above hearing before the Fair Work Commission.

Implementation of the new system will be phased, starting with District 8 and followed by all remaining integrated stations by the middle of next year.

CFA has consulted extensively with stakeholders, including industrial representatives, about the new system since November 2011. Staff will receive full training and ongoing support as we transition to the new system throughout this period. We will continue to update and refine the system to suit CFA’s needs going forward.

This is an exciting time for us as it will reduce paperwork, provide on-time and accurate payment of staff entitlements, and ultimately be used to resource strike teams and incident control teams during emergencies.

I encourage all our members to stay informed and take advantage of the support, information and training resources available.

We will continue to keep you updated with progress over the coming weeks.

Last Updated: 10 December 2015