26††† State Fire Commission

Authority Outline

The primary purpose of the State Fire Commission is to minimise the social, economic and environmental impact of fire and other emergencies on the Tasmanian community. This is achieved through implementing strategies for the Tasmania Fire Service that develop resilience to prevent and prepare for emergencies.

The Commission is also responsible for:

       managing incidents involving hazardous materials, including response to terrorist incidents involving chemical, biological and radiological agents;

       road crash rescue (in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport and surrounding areas);

       providing an Urban Search and Rescue capability to manage the rescue of people from collapsed buildings and structures;

       a range of community fire safety programs that guard against structural fire and bushfire;

       fire investigations; and

       coordinating Fuel Reduction Program activities on behalf of the Government.

The State Fire Commission reports to the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP, and the supporting agency is the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management. The Commission delivers all its services through its operational arm, the Tasmania Fire Service.

This chapter provides the State Fire Commissionís financial information for 2021‑22 and over the Forward Estimates (2022‑23 to 2024‑25). Further information on the Commission can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au.


 

Key Deliverables

Table 26.1 provides a summary of the Budget and Forward Estimates allocations for key deliverables being undertaken by the Commission.

Table 26.1:†††††† Key Deliverables Statement

 

2021‑22

 

Budget

2022‑23

Forward

Estimate

2023‑24

Forward

Estimate

2024‑25

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

Election Commitments

 

 

 

 

Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Grants Program

.... 

.... 

500

500

Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Recruitment Teams and Secretariat

600

600

600

600

Red Hot Tips Program

625

625

625

625

State Operations Centre Multi‑hazard Intelligence Team

.... 

300

300

300

Tasmania Fire Service Fuel Reduction Program

625

625

625

625

Volunteer Brigade Equipment Upgrades

250

250

500

500

Volunteer Brigade Fire Truck Defibrillators

250

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Initiatives

 

 

 

 

Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS)

1 379

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

Election Commitments

Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Grants Program

This initiative continues an existing commitment from 2018‑19, which enables all Volunteer Units from the Tasmania Fire Service and State Emergency Service to apply for upgrades to equipment from 2023‑24 for three years.

Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Recruitment Teams and Secretariat

This initiative will establish a dedicated team to bolster volunteer recruitment and administration in remote and rural communities for Volunteer Fire and State Emergency Service Associations over four years.

Red Hot Tips Program

This initiative continues an existing commitment to help landowners plan and undertake fuel reduction activities over four years. The revised program, known as Red Hot Tips, is designed to educate, engage, and support farmers and rural landholders to actively manage their bushfire risk, while encouraging collaborative, practical vegetation fire management and ecological sustainability.

State Operations Centre Multi‑hazard Intelligence Team

This initiative will deliver a multi‑hazard intelligence team from 2022‑23 that can provide rapid advice to commanders for planning incident responses, as well as real‑time monitoring of the various risks and hazards over three years.

Tasmania Fire Service Fuel Reduction Program

This initiative will provide additional funding over four years to the Fuel Reduction Program to support mechanical clearing.

Volunteer Brigade Equipment Upgrades

This initiative will provide standardised equipment to volunteer brigades and units in areas such as personal protective equipment and communications over five years.

Volunteer Brigade Fire Truck Defibrillators

This initiative will enable the purchase and installation of defibrillators in volunteer fire appliances in 2021.

Other Initiatives

Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS)

This initiative will assist the Commission to meet one of the recommendations from the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. The funding will deliver Tasmaniaís commitment to the implementation of a nationally consistent Australian Fire Danger Rating System, including public education and policy change.

Kentish and Latrobe Flood Mitigation Projects

This initiative provides funding to progress flood mitigation works in the Kentish and Latrobe municipalities to support the ongoing implementation of the Governmentís response to the Report of the Independent Review into the Tasmanian Floods of June and July 2016. Funding for this initiative is reflected in chapter 8 of Government Services Budget Paper No 2.

Ongoing Key Deliverables

In addition to the key deliverables identified in the above table, the ongoing key deliverables for the State Fire Commission include:

       implementation of the Fire Fighting Appliance Replacement Program to ensure that all fire appliances remain viable for operation in a safe and effective manner;

       implementation of the Fire Station Build Program for capital upgrades to Commission facilities, which includes a combination of refurbishment and replacement of fire stations;

       development of two dedicated Fuel Reduction Teams, including 12 additional staff members within the Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire Risk Unit to undertake Fuel Reduction Program bushfire risk reduction activities across the State;

       employment of Regional Emergency Management Planning and Development Officers to support municipal authorities with emergency management planning as well as providing education assistance;

       implementation of the initiative to develop, sustain and grow Remote Area Teams capacity from suitable volunteer fire fighters around the State;

       delivery of the SES Community Protection Planning for Flood and Storm Hazard initiative for flood policy work to support the ongoing implementation of the Governmentís response to the Review of the Tasmanian Floods of June and July 2016; and

       development of a dedicated division within the Tasmania Fire Service to manage the planning and response to bushfire at a whole of state level over two years.

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 26.2:†††††† Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Grants1

11 606 

14 999 

9 114 

9 901 

7 613 

Taxation2

79 145 

85 393 

88 387 

91 534 

94 843 

Sales of goods and services

6 383 

6 366 

6 493 

6 623 

6 755 

Fees and fines

173 

176 

180 

184 

188 

Interest

250 

250 

250 

250 

250 

Other revenue

8 502 

8 617 

8 645 

8 673 

8 702 

Total revenue

106 059 

115 801 

113 069 

117 165 

118 351 

Total income

106 059 

115 801 

113 069 

117 165 

118 351 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits3

53 514 

58 476 

59 995 

60 146 

61 449 

Depreciation and amortisation

6 390 

6 390 

6 390 

6 390 

6 390 

Supplies and consumables4

41 638 

28 748 

26 926 

28 879 

30 091 

Grants and subsidies4

.... 

713 

713 

713 

713 

Borrowing costs

83 

35 

35 

35 

35 

Other expenses4

3 664 

19 843 

20 277 

20 654 

21 108 

Total expenses

105 289 

114 205 

114 336 

116 817 

119 786 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

770 

1 596 

(1 267)

348 

(1 435)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

770 

1 596 

(1 267)

348 

(1 435)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The variation in Grants reflects the timing of funding associated with election commitments and other initiatives.

2.    The increase in Taxation reflects the anticipated profile of the Fire Service Contribution and Motor Vehicle Fire Levy over the Forward Estimates.

3.    The increase in Employee benefits from 2021‑22 reflects the 2021 election commitments for the Red Hot Tips Program, State Operations Centre Multi‑hazard Intelligence Team and the Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Recruitment Teams and Secretariat.

4.    The decrease in Supplies and consumables and increase in Grants and subsidies and Other expenses is due to a realignment of the budget for fuel reduction payments, national aerial firefighting contributions and workers compensation based on 30 June 2020 actuals.


 

Table 26.3:†††††† Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2021 

2022 

2023 

2024 

2025 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits1

8 819 

11 178 

7 194 

4 482 

146 

Receivables

2 734 

2 734 

2 734 

2 734 

2 734 

Other financial assets

2 481 

2 481 

2 481 

2 481 

2 481 

 

14 034 

16 393 

12 409 

9 697 

5 361 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

1 905 

1 905 

1 905 

1 905 

1 905 

Property, plant and equipment2

131 793 

128 481 

131 398 

134 658 

137 929 

Other assets

1 196 

1 196 

1 196 

1 196 

1 196 

 

134 894 

131 582 

134 499 

137 759 

141 030 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

148 928 

147 975 

146 908 

147 456 

146 391 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables3

4 499 

8 598 

8 798 

8 998 

9 198 

Interest bearing liabilities3

2 830 

3 830 

3 830 

3 830 

4 000 

Employee benefits

14 324 

14 324 

14 324 

14 324 

14 324 

Superannuation3

(779)

994 

994 

994 

994 

Total liabilities

20 874 

27 746 

27 946 

28 146 

28 516 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

128 054 

120 229 

118 962 

119 310 

117 875 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

45 698 

45 698 

45 698 

45 698 

45 698 

Accumulated funds

82 356 

74 531 

73 264 

73 612 

72 177 

Total equity

128 054 

120 229 

118 962 

119 310 

117 875 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.†† The variation in Cash and deposits primarily reflects the impact of the Commissionís operating position and the completion of fixed funding for initiatives provided in previous budgets.

2.†† The decrease in Property, plant and equipment in 2022 reflects the completion of the aerial appliances program and the subsequent increase in 2023 reflects investment in specialist appliances and light tankers.

3.†† The increases in Payables, Interest bearing liabilities and Superannuation from 2022 reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2020 actuals.


 

Table 26.4:†††††† Statement of Cash Flows

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Grants

11 606 

14 999 

9 114 

9 901 

7 613 

Taxation

76 679 

85 393 

88 387 

91 534 

94 843 

Sales of goods and services

6 383 

6 366 

6 493 

6 623 

6 755 

Fees and fines

173 

176 

180 

184 

188 

Interest received

250 

250 

250 

250 

250 

Other cash receipts

8 502 

8 617 

8 645 

8 673 

8 702 

Total cash inflows

103 593 

115 801 

113 069 

117 165 

118 351 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(47 866)

(51 895)

(53 219)

(53 348)

(54 497)

Superannuation

(5 648)

(6 581)

(6 776)

(6 798)

(6 952)

Borrowing costs

(83)

(35)

(35)

(35)

(35)

Grants and subsidies

.... 

(713)

(713)

(713)

(713)

Supplies and consumables

(39 333)

(28 908)

(27 086)

(29 039)

(30 251)

Other cash payments

(3 664)

(19 843)

(20 277)

(20 654)

(21 108)

Total cash outflows

(96 594)

(107 975)

(108 106)

(110 587)

(113 556)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

6 999 

7 826 

4 963 

6 578 

4 795 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of non‑financial assets

(9 998)

(9 292)

(9 297)

(9 640)

(9 651)

Proceeds from the disposal of non‑financial assets

300 

350 

350 

350 

350 

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

(9 698)

(8 942)

(8 947)

(9 290)

(9 301)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net borrowings

(1 000)

.... 

.... 

.... 

170 

Net cash from (used by) financing activities

(1 000)

.... 

.... 

.... 

170 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

(3 699)

(1 116)

(3 984)

(2 712)

(4 336)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

12 518 

12 294 

11 178 

7 194 

4 482 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

8 819 

11 178 

7 194 

4 482 

146