AUXILIARY UPDATE : 13 august 2020


Your union has been involved for many months in discussions around the shift from paper based reporting on appliance checks, to a new app to be installed on a device that remains with each vehicle.

I had concerns that the shift to the new methodology might draw attention to who was saying what about the roadworthiness of appliances.

I asked QFRS to put in writing that there was no potential for liability for you and your colleagues when stating that the checks you perform do not identify (or do identify) problems with the vehicles.

Your union received written assurances regarding your protections including the following –
‘…an officer who completes an appliance check via the FleetWave app in the course of their duties will not be personally liable provided the act done, or omission made, in relation to the appliance check was done or made honestly and without negligence.’

The changes that affect you have nothing to do with what you’re checking, rather, they only change how you record the checks.

Should any conflicts or problems arise regarding vehicle checks as a result of the FleetWave app use commencing, please contact your SCM representative to assist with your matter.


Many of you may have heard rumours or seen draft plans relating to the changes QFRS are considering at SFEST.

I can confirm that changes are planned, and I am also able to report that formal engagement in line with clause 14 of CA19 has commenced with your union.

We will have full disclosure of the proposals from QFRS and we will have the opportunity to be consulted, providing your union with the opportunity to affect the outcomes prior to final decisions being made.

If you have matters regarding SFEST changes you’d like to raise with your union, please email them through to [email protected] with the subject line SFEST CHANGES.

I will of course keep you updated on the work being done at SFEST.

John Oliver - General Secretary

Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary 
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD