Volunteers bill passes with full support

A bill that aims to ensure the government consults with emergency service volunteers about matters that might affect them passed state parliament's Lower House this week.

The Fire and Emergency Services (Volunteer Charters) Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced by Greens MLC Tammy Franks last year and passed with bipartisan support on Wednesday morning.

The bill will put into legislation content from volunteer charters developed by the State Emergency Service (SES) and Country Fire Service (CFS) to affirm the government and emergency services sector's commitment to consult and consider the views of volunteers and volunteer associations, and provide a framework for all parties to work in partnership with each other.

CFS Volunteers Association state president Andy Wood said there had been a lot of government support in the past for the charter to be enshrined in legislation and it was great to see this support continue.

"We've been pushing to have our charter in legislation for many years," he said.

SES north region commander Trevor Arnold said the SES was excited the bill had been pushed through the Lower House and that it received bipartisan support.

"To have it now fully supported by the government of the day is exciting," Mr Arnold said.

"What this does for future volunteers and future levels of management is make sure (the charters) are enshrined in legislation.

"It's a commitment volunteers will be consulted when there's major changes that affect them."

Correctional Services and Emergency Services Minister Corey Wingard said the state's volunteers were the backbone of the emergency services sector.

"They have valuable insights into how the sector should operate and we are proud to ensure their knowledge and feedback will continue to help build a safer South Australia," Mr Wingard said.

"We pride ourselves on being a cooperative government and we are honoured to work with Ms Franks to bring this important legislation through the Lower House and into legislation."

Mr Wingard said Ms Franks' bill was identical to those introduced in 2012 by Duncan McFetridge and in 2015 by Rob Brokenshire.

The bill will go before the South Australian Legislative Council following the winter break.

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