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Labor Welcomes Final Report Into Fiskville

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the final report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville, tabled in the Victorian Parliament today. The comprehensive report includes 125 findings and makes 31 recommendations relating to Fiskville. The Government will consider the content of the final report and form a response to the recommendations. Announced by the Government in December 2014, the landmark inquiry examined the health concerns at Fiskville, including the pollution, contamination, and unsafe activities from 1970 until its closure in 2015. The inquiry also studied the site’s effects on employees’ health, residents and visitors during that time, and the roles and responsibilities of past and present executive management. The findings in the report vindicate the Government’s decision to act quickly to close Fiskville in March last year on advice from the CFA Board because the site posed a health and safety risk to firefighters. The Government refused to jeopardise the safety of the CFA workers and volunteers who used the Fiskville site. Since the facility’s closure, the Government has been working to ensure firefighters have a safe environment to work and train. As part of the Victorian Budget 2016-17, the Government announced a $46.2 million investment to establish a new firefighting training centre in the Central Highlands and upgrade the training facility at Huntly. An additional $80.7 million was allocated over four years to decommission and remediate the site of the former Fiskville training ground and upgrade six other training centres located across regional Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “The Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA Fiskville Training College has undertaken a tremendous amount of work in delivering its final report and we will consider its findings carefully.” “We understand this landmark inquiry has been difficult for all involved and I want to thank our firefighters, their families and the Fiskville community for their significant contributions.” “This is a significant day for our emergency service workers who deserve a safe environment to work and train.”

Labor Welcomes Final Report Into Fiskville

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the final report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville, tabled in the Victorian Parliament today. The comprehensive report includes 125 findings and makes 31 recommendations relating to Fiskville. The Government will consider the content of the final report and form a response to the recommendations. Announced by the Government in December 2014, the landmark inquiry examined the health concerns at Fiskville, including the pollution, contamination, and unsafe activities from 1970 until its closure in 2015. The inquiry also studied the site’s effects on employees’ health, residents and visitors during that time, and the roles and responsibilities of past and present executive management. The findings in the report vindicate the Government’s decision to act quickly to close Fiskville in March last year on advice from the CFA Board because the site posed a health and safety risk to firefighters. The Government refused to jeopardise the safety of the CFA workers and volunteers who used the Fiskville site. Since the facility’s closure, the Government has been working to ensure firefighters have a safe environment to work and train. As part of the Victorian Budget 2016-17, the Government announced a $46.2 million investment to establish a new firefighting training centre in the Central Highlands and upgrade the training facility at Huntly. An additional $80.7 million was allocated over four years to decommission and remediate the site of the former Fiskville training ground and upgrade six other training centres located across regional Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “The Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA Fiskville Training College has undertaken a tremendous amount of work in delivering its final report and we will consider its findings carefully.” “We understand this landmark inquiry has been difficult for all involved and I want to thank our firefighters, their families and the Fiskville community for their significant contributions.” “This is a significant day for our emergency service workers who deserve a safe environment to work and train.”

New Laws For Short Stay Apartments

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new laws to help stamp out bad behaviour when it comes to short stay accommodation in Victoria. Under the reforms, for the first time apartment owners could be liable for any damage, noise or loss of amenity caused by their guests. VCAT would also be given new powers to award compensation of up to $2000 to neighbours, and ban short stay apartments which are repeatedly used for unruly parties. Guests could face fines of up to $1100 for a range of conduct breaches, including: creating unreasonable noise or behaving badly causing a health, safety or security hazard damaging common property obstructing a resident from the using their property. Short stay apartment owners may be ordered to pay neighbours’ compensation and any damage caused by their guests to common property. The government acknowledges that the majority of short stay accommodation is used responsibly in Victoria and these reforms are designed to reduce the number of isolated incidents of bad behaviour. The new laws will encourage short stay apartment owners to take more steps, such as bonds and screening practices, to ensure their apartments are not used for unruly parties. In addition, Consumer Affairs Victoria will help conciliate in short stay disputes that cannot be resolved through the owners corporations dispute resolution processes. The changes are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment to protect apartment residents from disruption and damage to their properties caused by rouge short stay visitors. The announcement follows months of consultation with stakeholders and industry on recommendations made by an independent panel into short stay accommodation in Victoria. The panel’s report estimated short stay accommodation generates around $792 million in revenue and more than $160 million in wages in Victoria. It represents a multi-billion dollar industry and supports more than 64,000 jobs. There are an estimated 170,000 short stay properties in Victoria representing 27 per cent of the national total. Nationally, the panel found the industry supported $31.3 billion in economic activity and 238,000 jobs. Amendments to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 will be introduced to Parliament on Tuesday, 24 May. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett “Our short stay industry is a major tourism drawcard and helps to support thousands of jobs. We want to make sure we are supporting this important industry while protecting the rights of residents.”  “These reforms will help residents to enjoy their homes by reducing disruption caused by some rogue short stay visitors.” “This is a common sense approach which protects residents’ rights and supports our booming shared economy which attracts tourists from all over the world.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne   “Through the work of the independent panel and further consultation, we are pleased to introduce a suite of reforms that will make a positive impact on the lives of residents across Victoria.” “These changes will make sure our policy and legislation keeps pace with the changing ways people live and use their homes.” Download the Media Release (351 kB)

New Laws For Short Stay Apartments

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new laws to help stamp out bad behaviour when it comes to short stay accommodation in Victoria. Under the reforms, for the first time apartment owners could be liable for any damage, noise or loss of amenity caused by their guests. VCAT would also be given new powers to award compensation of up to $2000 to neighbours, and ban short stay apartments which are repeatedly used for unruly parties. Guests could face fines of up to $1100 for a range of conduct breaches, including: creating unreasonable noise or behaving badly causing a health, safety or security hazard damaging common property obstructing a resident from the using their property. Short stay apartment owners may be ordered to pay neighbours’ compensation and any damage caused by their guests to common property. The government acknowledges that the majority of short stay accommodation is used responsibly in Victoria and these reforms are designed to reduce the number of isolated incidents of bad behaviour. The new laws will encourage short stay apartment owners to take more steps, such as bonds and screening practices, to ensure their apartments are not used for unruly parties. In addition, Consumer Affairs Victoria will help conciliate in short stay disputes that cannot be resolved through the owners corporations dispute resolution processes. The changes are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment to protect apartment residents from disruption and damage to their properties caused by rouge short stay visitors. The announcement follows months of consultation with stakeholders and industry on recommendations made by an independent panel into short stay accommodation in Victoria. The panel’s report estimated short stay accommodation generates around $792 million in revenue and more than $160 million in wages in Victoria. It represents a multi-billion dollar industry and supports more than 64,000 jobs. There are an estimated 170,000 short stay properties in Victoria representing 27 per cent of the national total. Nationally, the panel found the industry supported $31.3 billion in economic activity and 238,000 jobs. Amendments to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 will be introduced to Parliament on Tuesday, 24 May. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett “Our short stay industry is a major tourism drawcard and helps to support thousands of jobs. We want to make sure we are supporting this important industry while protecting the rights of residents.”  “These reforms will help residents to enjoy their homes by reducing disruption caused by some rogue short stay visitors.” “This is a common sense approach which protects residents’ rights and supports our booming shared economy which attracts tourists from all over the world.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne   “Through the work of the independent panel and further consultation, we are pleased to introduce a suite of reforms that will make a positive impact on the lives of residents across Victoria.” “These changes will make sure our policy and legislation keeps pace with the changing ways people live and use their homes.” Download the Media Release (351 kB)

Victorians Pre-Commit On YourPlay

Victoria’s pre-commitment scheme, YourPlay, is helping thousands to make more informed choices about how much time and money they are spending on gaming machines. Preliminary data found more than 23,400 pre-commitment cards have been activated since the voluntary scheme was rolled out in December last year. YourPlay is Australia’s first networked pre-commitment scheme which allows users to track the money and time they spend at any gaming machine in Victoria. In its first six months, YourPlay has delivered more than 2.5 million responsible gambling messages during 818,000 gaming machine sessions. More than 1730 users who have set personalised messages to be displayed to them when they approach their playing limit. Of the 23,404 cards activated, 8130 have been registered and 15,274 are casual cards. Both cards allow users to limit their time and money, and track the total amount they spend on gaming machines anywhere in the state. YourPlay users can see a live action summary on a display screen, which tracks the money and time they spend at the gaming machine. For the first time, players can leave a gaming venue knowing exactly how much time and money they have spent. To find out more about the scheme, visit the YourPlay website yourplay.com.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett “The pre-commitment scheme is a first for Australia and the preliminary statistics are encouraging.” “Many people who play gaming machines have a limit but they don’t always stick to it. YourPlay helps people do that.” “This is just one of the tools people can use to control the time and money they spend at gaming machines.”

Victorians Pre-Commit On YourPlay

Victoria’s pre-commitment scheme, YourPlay, is helping thousands to make more informed choices about how much time and money they are spending on gaming machines. Preliminary data found more than 23,400 pre-commitment cards have been activated since the voluntary scheme was rolled out in December last year. YourPlay is Australia’s first networked pre-commitment scheme which allows users to track the money and time they spend at any gaming machine in Victoria. In its first six months, YourPlay has delivered more than 2.5 million responsible gambling messages during 818,000 gaming machine sessions. More than 1730 users who have set personalised messages to be displayed to them when they approach their playing limit. Of the 23,404 cards activated, 8130 have been registered and 15,274 are casual cards. Both cards allow users to limit their time and money, and track the total amount they spend on gaming machines anywhere in the state. YourPlay users can see a live action summary on a display screen, which tracks the money and time they spend at the gaming machine. For the first time, players can leave a gaming venue knowing exactly how much time and money they have spent. To find out more about the scheme, visit the YourPlay website yourplay.com.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett “The pre-commitment scheme is a first for Australia and the preliminary statistics are encouraging.” “Many people who play gaming machines have a limit but they don’t always stick to it. YourPlay helps people do that.” “This is just one of the tools people can use to control the time and money they spend at gaming machines.”

Ballarat Locals Urged To Shred Risk Of Identity Theft

Ballarat residents are being encouraged to reduce their risk of identity theft by destroying old bills and bank statements  at a new community event, ShredFest. A shredding truck will be at Central Square on Friday 27 May between 12pm to 2pm so people can shred unwanted personal documents for free. The event will give everyone the chance to get rid of old bank statements, credit card applications, utility bills, insurance and health records. Australians lost $1.8 million to identity theft in 2015 according to the ACCC, with more than $240,000 reported missing so far this year. Some thieves go to extreme lengths to steal identities, including rifling through bins to find confidential information. Ballarat locals contacted Consumer Affairs Victoria about scams 27 times in 2014-15, and 12 times in the first half of 2015-16, including two reports of identity fraud. Consumer Affairs Victoria recommends getting electronic bills or statements to provide added security. If you think your personal details have been stolen or misused, notify your bank, utility provider or other relevant organisation, and report it to police. Inspired by a New York City initiative, the ShredFest regional roadshow will also visit Bendigo on the 28 May. The event was successfully held for the first time in Melbourne last year. For information on scams or on protecting your identity, visit consumer.vic.gov.au/scams or idcare.org/resources/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett “Old bank statements, bills and health records are among the documents that contain personal details which scammers can use to steal your money and identity.” “Ballarat’s first ShredFest will give people the chance to get rid of sensitive documents ahead of tax time for free.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Documents from Centrelink, banks, and a range of other organisations contain information that in the wrong hands could lead to identify fraud.” “ShredFest is a chance for people across Ballarat to securely dispose of old documents that may contain personal details.” “I’d encourage everyone to come along and shred their unwanted documents in a safe and secure way.”

Ballarat Locals Urged To Shred Risk Of Identity Theft

Ballarat residents are being encouraged to reduce their risk of identity theft by destroying old bills and bank statements  at a new community event, ShredFest. A shredding truck will be at Central Square on Friday 27 May between 12pm to 2pm so people can shred unwanted personal documents for free. The event will give everyone the chance to get rid of old bank statements, credit card applications, utility bills, insurance and health records. Australians lost $1.8 million to identity theft in 2015 according to the ACCC, with more than $240,000 reported missing so far this year. Some thieves go to extreme lengths to steal identities, including rifling through bins to find confidential information. Ballarat locals contacted Consumer Affairs Victoria about scams 27 times in 2014-15, and 12 times in the first half of 2015-16, including two reports of identity fraud. Consumer Affairs Victoria recommends getting electronic bills or statements to provide added security. If you think your personal details have been stolen or misused, notify your bank, utility provider or other relevant organisation, and report it to police. Inspired by a New York City initiative, the ShredFest regional roadshow will also visit Bendigo on the 28 May. The event was successfully held for the first time in Melbourne last year. For information on scams or on protecting your identity, visit consumer.vic.gov.au/scams or idcare.org/resources/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett “Old bank statements, bills and health records are among the documents that contain personal details which scammers can use to steal your money and identity.” “Ballarat’s first ShredFest will give people the chance to get rid of sensitive documents ahead of tax time for free.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Documents from Centrelink, banks, and a range of other organisations contain information that in the wrong hands could lead to identify fraud.” “ShredFest is a chance for people across Ballarat to securely dispose of old documents that may contain personal details.” “I’d encourage everyone to come along and shred their unwanted documents in a safe and secure way.”

 

Dangerous Monkey Bikes Crushed In Consumer Blitz

Dangerous miniature motorbikes, known as ‘monkey bikes’, were crushed and destroyed today as part of a Consumer Affairs blitz on unsafe products being sold in Victoria. Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said the bikes were seized because they did not meet Australian safety standards due to dodgy breaks and faulty steering. Over the past seven months, Consumer Affairs Victoria has removed almost 200 miniature motorbikes from sale as part of a crackdown on dangerous products being sold across the state. Three suppliers are now under active investigation. Other seized products included unsafe car jacks, trolley jacks and vehicle support stands. Miniature motorbikes can cause serious injury and death. There were 59 reported cases of injuries involving miniature motorbikes from July 2012 to June 2015 according to data from Monash University’s Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit. The majority of the monkey motorbike injuries occurred to children aged five to nine (31 per cent) and 10-14 years (19 per cent). A quarter of these cases required a hospital stay. Data also showed 259 cases of people reporting injuries relating to car jacks. Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) conducts about 750 product safety inspections each year to remove dangerous or dodgy items from Victorian shelves. Traders who sell unsafe products can face fines of up to $1.1 million for a body corporate and $220,000 for individuals. If they meet all Australian safety standards, monkey bikes can be legally used on private property for recreational activities. However, it is against the law to use them on public roads and Victorians should report illegal use to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett “Monkey bikes can be extremely dangerous. We are making sure unsafe and dodgy bikes are crushed as part of our state-wide blitz.” “Traders need to make sure their products meet Australian safety standards or they will face hefty fines.” “We’re also reminding Victorians that it’s against the law to ride these bikes in public areas, even if they comply with safety standards.”

Dangerous Monkey Bikes Crushed In Consumer Blitz

Dangerous miniature motorbikes, known as ‘monkey bikes’, were crushed and destroyed today as part of a Consumer Affairs blitz on unsafe products being sold in Victoria. Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said the bikes were seized because they did not meet Australian safety standards due to dodgy breaks and faulty steering. Over the past seven months, Consumer Affairs Victoria has removed almost 200 miniature motorbikes from sale as part of a crackdown on dangerous products being sold across the state. Three suppliers are now under active investigation. Other seized products included unsafe car jacks, trolley jacks and vehicle support stands. Miniature motorbikes can cause serious injury and death. There were 59 reported cases of injuries involving miniature motorbikes from July 2012 to June 2015 according to data from Monash University’s Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit. The majority of the monkey motorbike injuries occurred to children aged five to nine (31 per cent) and 10-14 years (19 per cent). A quarter of these cases required a hospital stay. Data also showed 259 cases of people reporting injuries relating to car jacks. Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) conducts about 750 product safety inspections each year to remove dangerous or dodgy items from Victorian shelves. Traders who sell unsafe products can face fines of up to $1.1 million for a body corporate and $220,000 for individuals. If they meet all Australian safety standards, monkey bikes can be legally used on private property for recreational activities. However, it is against the law to use them on public roads and Victorians should report illegal use to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett “Monkey bikes can be extremely dangerous. We are making sure unsafe and dodgy bikes are crushed as part of our state-wide blitz.” “Traders need to make sure their products meet Australian safety standards or they will face hefty fines.” “We’re also reminding Victorians that it’s against the law to ride these bikes in public areas, even if they comply with safety standards.”

Investigators On The Trail Of Missing Trust Money

Consumer Affairs Victoria is working to piece together thousands of documents and bank transactions to trace the missing trust account money after the sudden closure of six LJ Hooker franchises in eastern Melbourne. Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said investigators had the complex task of reconstructing files, bank accounts and transactions of the offices at Waverley, Keysborough, Mount Waverley, Burwood, Doncaster and Box Hill. The assets of the franchise’s principals are also being considered as part of the wider investigation, with caveats having been lodged on two properties. The move blocks the titles being transferred without CAV’s consent or a court order. Ms Garrett said the first two compensation payments totalling more than $200,000 had been approved from the Victorian Property Fund (VPF), with another 15 applications received from affected vendors and landlords. Consumer Affairs Victoria is prioritising claims, as part of a rigorous evidence based process, to make sure affected consumers are not disadvantaged and any pending settlements can proceed as usual. Dedicated staff are working on the investigation and additional staff are being used as new information emerges. During the second half of last year, court action was taken against 16 estate agents over trust account deficiencies. Recent penalties have included a 40-month jail sentence, fines and licence suspensions. Consumer Affairs Victoria issued 54 infringements ranging from $948 to $1820 to estate agents for failing to get their trust accounts audited within three months of the end of their reporting cycle or failing to submit a copy of the audit report to within 10 business days of receiving it. On Friday 22 April, the Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett froze the trust accounts of the agency and appointed Mr Garry Roy McLean as a statutory manager under the Estate Agents Act 1980, after the sudden closure of LJ Hooker Glen Waverley and associated branches on Thursday 21 April. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett “This is a big operation. We have put extra people on the case and our investigators are wading through thousands of bank transactions to trace where the money has gone.” “Consumer Affairs has acted quickly to alert any potential purchaser of the agent’s two houses about the Victorian Property Fund’s interest in the agent’s assets.” Quotes attributable to Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria Simon Cohen “Consumer Affairs Victoria has a strong track record of investigating missing trust account money and we get results through thorough, diligent investigative work.” “This investigation will take time as it involves close work with the statutory manager to determine how much trust money is involved, where it has gone and the nature of any alleged breaches of Victoria’s real estate laws.”

Investigators On The Trail Of Missing Trust Money

Consumer Affairs Victoria is working to piece together thousands of documents and bank transactions to trace the missing trust account money after the sudden closure of six LJ Hooker franchises in eastern Melbourne. Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said investigators had the complex task of reconstructing files, bank accounts and transactions of the offices at Waverley, Keysborough, Mount Waverley, Burwood, Doncaster and Box Hill. The assets of the franchise’s principals are also being considered as part of the wider investigation, with caveats having been lodged on two properties. The move blocks the titles being transferred without CAV’s consent or a court order. Ms Garrett said the first two compensation payments totalling more than $200,000 had been approved from the Victorian Property Fund (VPF), with another 15 applications received from affected vendors and landlords. Consumer Affairs Victoria is prioritising claims, as part of a rigorous evidence based process, to make sure affected consumers are not disadvantaged and any pending settlements can proceed as usual. Dedicated staff are working on the investigation and additional staff are being used as new information emerges. During the second half of last year, court action was taken against 16 estate agents over trust account deficiencies. Recent penalties have included a 40-month jail sentence, fines and licence suspensions. Consumer Affairs Victoria issued 54 infringements ranging from $948 to $1820 to estate agents for failing to get their trust accounts audited within three months of the end of their reporting cycle or failing to submit a copy of the audit report to within 10 business days of receiving it. On Friday 22 April, the Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett froze the trust accounts of the agency and appointed Mr Garry Roy McLean as a statutory manager under the Estate Agents Act 1980, after the sudden closure of LJ Hooker Glen Waverley and associated branches on Thursday 21 April. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett “This is a big operation. We have put extra people on the case and our investigators are wading through thousands of bank transactions to trace where the money has gone.” “Consumer Affairs has acted quickly to alert any potential purchaser of the agent’s two houses about the Victorian Property Fund’s interest in the agent’s assets.” Quotes attributable to Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria Simon Cohen “Consumer Affairs Victoria has a strong track record of investigating missing trust account money and we get results through thorough, diligent investigative work.” “This investigation will take time as it involves close work with the statutory manager to determine how much trust money is involved, where it has gone and the nature of any alleged breaches of Victoria’s real estate laws.”

Join me tonight 12th of May at Readings

Tom Dusevic in conversation with Jane Garrett Please join me at 6:30 tonight at Readings 309 Lygon St Carlton for a conversation with Tom Dusevic about his memoir Whole Wide World. Free, but please book at Readings: http://www.readings.com.au/carlton

Join me tonight 12th of May at Readings

Tom Dusevic in conversation with Jane Garrett Please join me at 6:30 tonight at Readings 309 Lygon St Carlton for a conversation with Tom Dusevic about his memoir Whole Wide World. Free, but please book at Readings: http://www.readings.com.au/carlton

Strengthening Volunteerism In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has signed a statement on working with volunteer-based agencies to support volunteerism in Victoria. The Emergency Management Volunteer Statement acknowledges the contribution of 100,000 volunteers who protect their communities before, during and after emergencies. The statement is a step towards strengthening volunteering and integrating the diverse contribution of different volunteer agencies so they can work better together. It supports the guiding principle in emergency management that all agencies, the Government and volunteers will work as one to keep the community safe. It is a key milestone in recognising the work of Victoria’s volunteer-based agencies. The signatories to the statement are: Ambulance Victoria Australian Red Cross Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Country Fire Authority (CFA) Life Saving Victoria (LSV) Salvation Army St John Ambulance Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES) Victorian Council of Churches Volunteer Emergency Service Association Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) The statement recognises the vital role of Victoria’s emergency management volunteers who help create safer and more resilient communities. It is a joint commitment from government and Victoria’s emergency management agencies to engage with volunteers, through mechanisms such as the Volunteers Consultative Forum. The statement marks National Volunteer Week which runs from Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May. Today is also Wear Orange Wednesday where Victorians are encouraged to don orange clothing as a sign of appreciation for VICSES volunteers who keep communities safe. To view the Emergency Management Volunteer Statement visit:www.emv.vic.gov.au/volunteerstatement Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re proud to recognise and support our volunteers who work tirelessly to help keep us safe in times of need. During National Volunteer Week and on behalf of the Victorian community, I say to them: thank you.”  Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “This statement is significant step towards strengthening the culture of volunteerism in the community.” “Engagement with volunteer agencies is a key part of this statement and we will continue to work with these groups to ensure they are supported.” Quotes attributable to Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley “We have a proud and passionate volunteer culture in Victoria and this statement demonstrates the importance of working together to strengthen that culture, value it and celebrate it.”

Strengthening Volunteerism In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has signed a statement on working with volunteer-based agencies to support volunteerism in Victoria. The Emergency Management Volunteer Statement acknowledges the contribution of 100,000 volunteers who protect their communities before, during and after emergencies. The statement is a step towards strengthening volunteering and integrating the diverse contribution of different volunteer agencies so they can work better together. It supports the guiding principle in emergency management that all agencies, the Government and volunteers will work as one to keep the community safe. It is a key milestone in recognising the work of Victoria’s volunteer-based agencies. The signatories to the statement are: Ambulance Victoria Australian Red Cross Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Country Fire Authority (CFA) Life Saving Victoria (LSV) Salvation Army St John Ambulance Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES) Victorian Council of Churches Volunteer Emergency Service Association Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) The statement recognises the vital role of Victoria’s emergency management volunteers who help create safer and more resilient communities. It is a joint commitment from government and Victoria’s emergency management agencies to engage with volunteers, through mechanisms such as the Volunteers Consultative Forum. The statement marks National Volunteer Week which runs from Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May. Today is also Wear Orange Wednesday where Victorians are encouraged to don orange clothing as a sign of appreciation for VICSES volunteers who keep communities safe. To view the Emergency Management Volunteer Statement visit:www.emv.vic.gov.au/volunteerstatement Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We’re proud to recognise and support our volunteers who work tirelessly to help keep us safe in times of need. During National Volunteer Week and on behalf of the Victorian community, I say to them: thank you.”  Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett “This statement is significant step towards strengthening the culture of volunteerism in the community.” “Engagement with volunteer agencies is a key part of this statement and we will continue to work with these groups to ensure they are supported.” Quotes attributable to Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley “We have a proud and passionate volunteer culture in Victoria and this statement demonstrates the importance of working together to strengthen that culture, value it and celebrate it.”