The Court reserved its judgment and will issue its decision at a later date.
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 heard arguments related to that appeal on Monday.
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.
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