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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 811 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 August 2022 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Question Directed to the: Minister for Emergency Services
Minister responding: Hon R.R. Whitby
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) code of conduct, and I ask:
(a) has every DFES member, whether staff or volunteer, completed the mandatory training;
(b) if no to (a), how many have not completed the mandatory training;
(c) if no to (a), what has been the consequence in each instance for non-compliance;
(d) for each of the following years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, how many complaints have been initiated or made against a DFES member, whether staff or volunteer;
(e) for each instance identified in (d), how many matters were sustained as a breach of the code of conduct;
(f) of the instances identified in (d), how many matters related to unauthorised communication between a DFES member and a Member of Parliament; and
(g) for each instance identified in (d), that resulted in a breach of the code, what was the penalty or penalties applied?

Answered on 20 September 2022

(a)   No.

 

(b)   28 DFES Staff & 4,328 DFES volunteers (excluding Bush Fire Brigades) still need to complete the training.

 

(c)   To date there has been no need to take any action against DFES staff member for non-compliance. While there is an expectation that DFES volunteers will complete the online Code of Conduct training, there is no sanction for not completing it.

 

(d)   2019 – 32

2020 – 56
2021 – 83

(e)   2019 – 24

2020 – 27
2021 – 26

(f)    2019 – 2

2020 – 1
2021 – 7

(g)     

2019

Number

No Action

5

Caution

2

Reprimand

1

Demotion

1

Suspended

2

Terminated

8

Resigned

5

 

2020

Number

No Action

7

Warning

7

Caution

3

Improvement Action

2

Lawful Direction

1

Fined

1

Demotion

1

Terminated

4

Resigned

1

 

2021

Number

No Action

2

Warning

1

Reprimand

4

Improvement Action

3

Demotion

2

Terminated

5

Resigned

9