The appeal was lodged by the United Firefighters Union of Australia (Victoria Branch).
The UFUV’s initial legal challenge to the Review was rejected by the Supreme Court of Victoria in December 2017. The Court found that the Review was validly constituted and that the matters being investigated by the Commission were within its statutory powers. The UFUV subsequently appealed the ruling, and the Victorian Court of Appeal is today hearing arguments related to that appeal.
The Commission’s Independent Equity and Diversity Review into CFA and MFB was requested by the Victorian Government in 2016 and has involved examination of the experiences of hundreds of current and former CFA and MFB members as well as analysis of key strategies, agreements and policies that relate to individual and systemic discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
Commissioner Kristen Hilton said: "It is well recognised that Victoria’s fire services have faced cultural and other workplace challenges. The Commission’s final report contains key recommendations designed to assist Victoria’s fire services to become more inclusive, effective and better representative of the Victorian community."
"We look forward to the Court’s decision and the resolution of this matter."
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The Review was conducted under section 151 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and section 41(c) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, and included relevant research in accordance with the Commission's function under section 157 of the Equal Opportunity Act.