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Statutory Committees

The RFSA, on behalf of its Members, is represented on a number of Statutory Committees established under the provisions of the Rural Fires Act 1997 and other legislation, including the Fire Services Joint Standing Committee Act 1998.

  • Rural Fire Service Advisory Council

The Rural Fire Service Advisory Council (RFSAC) is established under the provisions of Part 6 of the Rural Fires Act 1997.

The Council advises and reports to the Minister for Emergency Services and NSW RFS Commissioner on any matter relating to the administration of the Rural Fire Service under the Act. It also provides advice to the Commissioner on public education, programs relating to rural fire matters, the training of rural firefighters and Service Standards. The RFSAC can also perform any such function as may be conferred or imposed upon it by or under the Act.

The Chair of RFSAC is the NSW RFS Commissioner, with three representatives from the Rural Fire Service Association, and one from each of the Insurance Council of Australia, NSW Local Government Association, Shires Association of NSW, NSW Farmers Association, and NSW Nature Conservation Council.

  • Bush Fire Coordinating Committee (BFCC)

The Bush Fire Coordinating Committee (BFCC) is established under the provisions of Section 46 of the Rural Fires Act 1997. The Committee is chaired by the NSW RFS Commissioner, with one representative from each of the Rural Fire Service Association;  NSW Fire and Rescue; Department of Industry and Investment; Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water; Local Government Association of NSW; Shires Association of NSW; NSW Police Force; Nominee of the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment; Nature Conservation Council of NSW; NSW Farmers Association; Department of Human Services; and Land and Property Management Authority.

The BFCC reports to the Minister for Emergency Services and is responsible for planning in relation to fire prevention and coordinated bush fire fighting, and advises the Commissioner on bush fire prevention and mitigation, and coordinated bush fire suppression. The Committee has other functions conferred or imposed upon it by or under the Rural Fires Act 1997 or other legislation.

The BFCC constitutes Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMCs) for all rural fire districts, areas with a significant risk of bush fire and approves the draft plans of operations and bush fire risk management plans that are prepared by the BFMCs.

  • Fire Services Joint Standing Committee (FSJSC)

The Fire Services Joint Standing Committee Act 1998 provides for the establishment of the Fire Services Joint Standing Committee (FSJSC).

The major functions of the Committee are to develop and submit to the Minister for Emergency Services strategic plans for the coordinated delivery of urban and rural fire services at the interface; to undertake the periodic review of fire district boundaries; and to minimise duplication and maximise compatibility between the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue.

The Committee is chaired alternatively by the NSW RFS and NSW Fire and Rescue. The Committee comprises two representatives of the NSW RFS and NSW Fire and Rescue (Commissioner plus one other), the President of the Rural Fire Service Association, and the Fire Brigade Employees Union Secretary.