AUXILIARY UPDATE : 06 september 2021
KPMG REVIEW OF QFES STRUCTURE AND FUNDING – UPDATE
You will no doubt recall that your union was pushing for an external review of QFES to examine the structure and funding of the agency, and decide if the current QFES is effective, efficient and sustainable, and if not, what options are available to the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services to make changes.
I am pleased to report that your union has been extensively engaged by KPMG as the key stakeholder for QFRS operations. Thus far, your union and KPMG have had discussions about the UFUQ position on what works, what doesn’t and what can work better. Further to the discussions, your union has also put detailed opinion and evidence to the review team regarding our perspectives in written submissions to the review.
You constantly report to your union that you seek a return to a focus on operational firefighters, fire appliances and fire stations (and fire communication centres). And we have left KPMG with no doubt about what your union sees as the way forward.
I can also report that further discussion between the review team from KPMG and your union are to occur, and that there will be further written submissions from the UFUQ to the review.
I will keep you updated on the report and more importantly the government’s response over the next few months.
John Oliver - General Secretary
Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD