Qld Fire and Emergency Service a hostile workplace for women, report finds; fire chief retires

Queensland’s fire chief has taken early retirement after a report found the state’s Fire and Emergency Service to be a hostile workplace for women and ill-equipped to deal with accusation of sexual harassment and bullying. Premier Campbell Newman ordered a review into the service after it was revealed in September that male firefighters used social…

Bushfire Risk Management submissions online

As part of the development of the government’s proposed Planning and Development (Bushfire Risk Management) Regulations 2014, a number of stakeholders, including Local Government Authorities, have made submissions which are now publicly available to view online at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/7452.asp

The Department of Planning has advised that it is currently considering all comments received on the bushfire regulations.

Landmark legislation to protect firefighters (Qld)

The RFBAQ welcomes this momentous announcement from Premier Newman, and his Governments assurances that volunteer firefighters in Queensland will have the same rights to presumptive legislation as any other firefighter without any discriminatory qualifying or attendance prerequisites. This was 1 of 6 key election policy requests that the RFBAQ sent to every political party in…