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Reviewing our values

By: Mick Bourke

  9.23 AM 14 November, 2014

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As part of our work to improve our culture, we are developing CFA’s values. In an organisation as diverse as CFA, our values need to be a statement of what is important to us, what we stand for and what we won’t compromise on.

We are working to identify three to five valuesthat will guide us in the way we work and how we serve our communities – not what we do, but how we will do things.

For values which truly reflect our organisation, we need your input. We have developed these proposed values and we are now seeking your thoughts and comments.

Reviewing our values is a key priority for us – which we identified from our work around culture. We know organisational culture is shaped by our shared values and beliefs, which guide us in how we approach and interact with each other.

As CFA’s senior leaders, we are committed to driving and leading this change. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of our Assistant Chief Officers who are championing the values project, and the significant role of the Senior Leadership Team in the broader Culture Program.

But we also know we can’t change our culture without our people and we want your thoughts and feedback. Last Friday we started the conversation on culture by hosting a live stream session, which was broadcast across the state. Euan Ferguson, Fran Boyd and I shared the results from the recent staff and volunteer surveys.

Live streaming is new for CFA. During the stream, we experienced some technical problems and the connection dropped out several times. We’re working to rectify this for next time, however you can watch the entire video in full here.

To continue this conversation, we are visiting each of the regions in the coming weeks to talk to you face-to-face about our culture and values. I will update you on venues and dates in the coming days.

If you have any questions or feedback please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mick Bourke

Last Updated: 10 December 2015