- Emergency services brigades, groups and units can now apply for fuel card
- Fuel card a small token of appreciation for emergency service volunteers
- Funding for gift fuel card extended until 2021 under McGowan Labor Government
Applications are now open for the Volunteer Fuel Card following a later-than-usual State Budget and feedback from volunteers.
The card is a small gift for emergency services volunteers to thank them for the invaluable contribution they make to Western Australia.
The September delivery of the Budget, which extended the allocation of funding from 2018-19 to 2021, resulted in the application process opening later than the previous year.
A review into the accountability and practical use of the card has also been carried out following consultations with volunteers.
Brigades, groups and units will now be able to apply for another two cards to assist with the sharing of $1,000 worth of fuel among the volunteers.
Governance arrangements have also been streamlined to assist the officers in charge who administer the card and the application period has been extended.
Applications can be made at https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/fuelcards
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
“I’m pleased that the fuel card applications are now open and I thank the many volunteers I have met around the State for their feedback on how the card had been working.
“The card scheme has been adjusted to make it more practical and to ease the governance burden on the officers in charge for the administration of the fuel gift.
“No State could ever afford to pay its volunteers for their service, but hopefully this small gesture goes some way to show our immense appreciation.”