Tag: Funding

What are you doing with all that money?

The RFSA is sitting on $9,788,262 (ref: NSW RFSA Annual Financial Report – 31 March 2015).

This article poses the question “what is the RFSA doing with all that money?” and looks at the fund raising activities of the RFSA.

There has been many occasions where the VFFA has been approached by the public with questions on fundraising activities. The VFFA has informed those people that we do not conduct telephone based fund raising therefore it must be an RFSA call centre.

When you get that phone call requesting support for Rural Brigades, how much of your money gets there?

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The VFFA welcomes changes to the Emergency Services Levy

The Volunteer Fire Fighters Association (VFFA) congratulates the NSW State Government on the news that an Emergency Services Property Levy will replace the current insurance based model.
This is a much fairer system of collecting funds for firefighting and state emergency services in NSW, it will spread the financial burden of the emergency services levy, and means that the majority of property owners will pay less.

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Wambelong Fire – Position of NSW State Government

Mr Elliott stated that the Coroner is still to hand down findings arising from the Coronial inquiry into the Wambelong fire and that the NSW Government will finalise its position on all of the Committee’s recommendations once the findings and any recommendations that may be made by the Coroner are released and considered.
His correspondence does visit the following topics:
1. Fire Trails
2. Protection of Pastoral Assets
3. Support Services, and
4. Funding Models

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Highlights – Public Hearing for the Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2015-16

1. Funding – The NSW Rural Fire Service budget for the next financial year is $361 million, which is an increase of 8.6 per cent – that is a $29 million increase on the previous year’s allocation in real terms.
2. Relocation of the RFS headquarters – Are you saying that it could be in Sydney or moved to regional New South Wales?
3. 10 50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Scheme

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The VFFA Welcomes Reform of Funding for NSW Emergency Services

The Volunteer Firefighters Association of NSW, the ‘voice of volunteer rural firefighters’ in the Rural Fire Service welcomes the NSW State Government’s commitment to reform emergency service funding by replacing the current insurance based levy with a property based levy.

The Volunteer Firefighters Association has been campaigning for a property based levy since our inception 8 years ago.

Currently only those NSW property owners with home and contents insurance contribute to the funding of NSW emergency services whilst the uninsured, under-insured, and those who insure offshore do not contribute their fair share.

The VFFA supports a property based levy as it spreads the costs of funding the emergency services such as the RFS across the community.

The NSW Government has released a discussion paper and invited public submissions on the property based levy. VFFA members are encouraged to provide feedback to the Government discussion paper at the following link:


The VFFA supports the adoption in NSW of a funding model similar to the Western Australian Emergency Services Levy (ESL).

The WA Emergency Services Levy  (ESL)  funds  all career and volunteer fire bushfire brigades and the volunteer State Emergency Service (SES) across the state.

The WA funding model is considered a fairer system as fees/charges are dependant on the type and level of fire and emergency services available to a property and the classification of the property i.e what the property is used for.  

The introduction of the Emergency Services Levy in Western Australia has seen a record boost in funding for WA emergency services which is benefiting frontline volunteer bushfire brigades.

The  VFFA invites members to view the WA Emergency Service Levy model at the following link.


VFFA members are welcome to provide feedback on the merits of adopting the WA Emergency Services Levy model in NSW by completing the general feedback formfeedback@volunteerfirefighters.org.au

The VFFA supports the NSW Government’s commitment to a fairer and fiscally responsible funding arrangement for Emergency Services.

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