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Volunteer Support Program - recruitment commences

By: Mick Bourke

  11.00 AM 25 January, 2013

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I'm pleased to share with you all that today CFA is commencing recruitment of Volunteer Support Program Resources.

Twenty-two positions, located right around Victoria, will work on statewide themes affecting volunteerism.

Program members will work in the field with Regions, Districts, Groups and Brigades to understand key priorities and design and implement solutions.

Extensive collaboration between CFA and VFBV to develop the various themes and projects in support of volunteerism, have enabled us to progress this important milestone.

On 19 October 2010 the Government introduced a $44.5 million CFA Volunteer Support Package to be funded over four years.

The package includes funds allocated for volunteer support resources to " directly with Victoria's volunteer fire fighters to give them the support they need to perform at their best.

This valuable support of our volunteers underpins the viability of the CFA and allows Victoria's fire fighting agencies to focus more on protecting the state from threat of fire."
CFA's Executive Leadership Team approved the Volunteer Support Program on 10 December 2012 and we have been working hard to ensure that the program is mature and ready to roll out.

Resources will be predominantly field based and will report into a central Program Management Office at headquarters.

The program is divided into three themes which will cover specific areas of work (Volunteer Development, Volunteer Sustainability and Volunteer Support) and will be linked into current practices and local priorities in CFA.

The Program of Works will report to CFA and stakeholders as a single project. 

The three Volunteer Support Program themes are:

Volunteer Development

1. Volunteer Leadership
2. Volunteer Wellbeing
3. Volunteer Training & Assessment

Volunteer Sustainability

4. Statewide Recruitment, Retention & Recognition
5. Engaging with Diverse Communities
6. Growth & Decline

Volunteer Support

7. Volunteer Best Practice & Information Sharing
8. CFA Alumni (Scoping)
9. Member 1800 Help Desk (Scoping)

Funding for the Volunteer Support Project is from the Department of Justice, Volunteer Support Package 2010-14, Bushfires Programs Project number V2.1.

Recruitment Plan
You will notice all of the roles being advertised today both internally and externally. Roles will feature in CFA's People Moves, The Fireman, AFAC Job Boards, the Weekly Times and online at and

More information on the program is available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting Kate Harrap, Manager Volunteerism on phone (03) 8822 8066.

Last Updated: 10 December 2015