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Today’s Media Report
Today’s Herald Sun contains an article regarding job cuts within CFA as part of the Creating our Future Together process.
As you know, Creating Our Future Together is focussed on empowering and better supporting our people on the frontline. It is our vision for a successful future. We know we can do things better and we are working hard to create a sustainable, reliable and efficient CFA.
Today’s media report indicated that as part of this process 164 staff will be cut.
The majority of reductions in positions outlined in the report were in administrative back-office positions, some due to the completion of projects which arose from the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. We have also reduced duplication by centralising some services and moving from eight CFA regions to five. All roles affected will be by completion of contracts or natural attrition.
The Creating Our Future Together process is about putting CFA on a more efficient, sustainable footing and living within our means. For the past three years we have been moving to a better and more efficient way of delivering services to the community and adapting to the changes in the Victorian community and emergency management sector.
This process is vital in helping CFA to achieve its mission to protect lives and properties by supporting and enhancing front line services to the community.
Our volunteer brigades are now more closely and better supported than ever with the introduction of 64 Volunteer Support personnel across the state this year. An extra 206 career firefighter positions have been delivered since 2011, with around another 140 to be delivered by 2016.
As I have said before, we are changing the way we do business to become a more agile and adaptive organisation into the future. We have to live within our means and become more efficient in our processes and how we work.
What will not change, however, is our focus on keeping our people and communities safe. We are expecting another busy fire season ahead and our priority has been to make sure we are ready; and we are.