27††† State Fire Commission

Authority Outline

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

Under governance arrangements established in 2014‑15, the State Emergency Service also reports through the Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service. These arrangements build upon existing relationships between volunteer organisations across the broader emergency services spectrum and reflect the close alignment in the delivery of services.

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 2022‑23 and over the Forward Estimates (2023‑24 to 2025‑26). Further information on the Commission can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au.


 

Key Deliverables

Table 27.1 provides a summary of the Budget and Forward Estimates allocations for key deliverables being undertaken by the Commission.

Table 27.1:†††††† Key Deliverables Statement

 

2022‑23

 

Budget

2023‑24

Forward

Estimate

2024‑25

Forward

Estimate

2025‑26

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Automated Regional Sandbag Filling Machines1

210

....

....

....

Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Grants Program1

500

....

....

....

Operationalise Sorell Emergency Services Hub1

420

....

....

....

Remote Area Teams1

160

160

160

160

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    Funding for this initiative is appropriated to the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management. For more information refer to chapter 9 of this Budget Paper.

Automated Regional Sandbag Filling Machines

This initiative provides for the procurement of automated sandbag filling machines to increase the State Emergency Service capability to respond to flood risk within Tasmanian communities.

Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Grants Program

This funding is provided to continue an existing initiative that provides for all Volunteer Units from the TFS and the SES to apply for upgrades to equipment. This brings the total funding for this initiative to $2 million over the Budget and Forward Estimates.

Operationalise Sorell Emergency Services Hub

This initiative will provide additional resources for the new Sorell SES Unit, including rescue vehicles and a storm trailer. This will ensure that when the Sorell Emergency Services Hub is complete, volunteers can respond to emergency events as required.

Remote Area Teams

This initiative will continue to develop, sustain and grow the Remote Area Teams capacity from suitable volunteer firefighters around the State. Selected volunteers will undergo helicopter insertion training and gain firefighting skills in this specialised field.


 

Ongoing Key Deliverables

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

       continuation of the Volunteer Brigade Equipment Upgrades initiative to provide standardised equipment to volunteer brigades and units in areas such as personal protective equipment and communications;

       implementation of the Firefighting 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;

       continuation of the Fuel Reduction Program and bushfire risk reduction activities across the State;

       Regional emergency management planning and development to support municipal authorities with emergency management planning as well as providing education assistance; and

       ongoing delivery of SES Community Protection Planning for Flood and Storm Hazard initiatives.

 


 

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 27.2:†††††† Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Grants1

14 999 

10 350 

9 668 

7 375 

5 258 

Taxation2

85 393 

92 675 

96 824 

101 139 

105 629 

Sales of goods and services

6 366 

6 493 

6 623 

6 755 

6 890 

Fees and fines3

176 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Interest

250 

250 

250 

250 

250 

Other revenue3

8 617 

9 110 

9 164 

9 218 

9 272 

Total revenue

115 801 

118 878 

122 529 

124 737 

127 299 

Total income

115 801 

118 878 

122 529 

124 737 

127 299 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

58 476 

60 346 

60 505 

61 816 

63 269 

Depreciation and amortisation

6 390 

6 390 

6 390 

6 390 

6 390 

Supplies and consumables4

28 748 

39 176 

40 834 

42 147 

41 032 

Grants and subsidies

713 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Borrowing costs

35 

35 

35 

35 

.... 

Other expenses5

19 843 

16 611 

16 883 

17 231 

17 588 

Total expenses

114 205 

122 558 

124 647 

127 619 

128 279 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

1 596 

(3 680)

(2 118)

(2 882)

(980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

1 596 

(3 680)

(2 118)

(2 882)

(980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The decrease in Grants reflects the cessation of fixed‑term funding arrangements for previous Budget initiatives.

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

3.    The decrease in Fees and fines and increase in Other revenue reflects a reclassification of revenues.

4.    The increase in Supplies and consumables primarily reflects the profile of expenditure for previous Budget initiatives.

5.    The variation in Other expenses reflects the completion of funding associated with the Australian Fire Danger Rating System project, a variation to the timing of recruit course expenditure and the conclusion of other initiatives.


 

Table 27.3:†††††† Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2022 

2023 

2024 

2025 

2026 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits1

11 178 

9 567 

3 385 

(3 864)

(8 380)

Receivables

2 734 

3 554 

3 554 

3 554 

3 554 

Other financial assets

2 481 

2 481 

2 481 

2 481 

2 481 

 

16 393 

15 602 

9 420 

2 171 

(2 345)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

1 905 

1 905 

1 905 

1 905 

1 905 

Property, plant and equipment2

128 481 

129 176 

132 440 

136 177 

139 914 

Other assets

1 196 

1 196 

1 196 

1 196 

1 196 

 

131 582 

132 277 

135 541 

139 278 

143 015 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

147 975 

147 879 

144 961 

141 449 

140 670 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables

8 598 

8 798 

8 998 

9 198 

9 398 

Interest bearing liabilities3

3 830 

1 830 

830 

.... 

.... 

Employee benefits4

14 324 

11 981 

11 981 

11 981 

11 982 

Superannuation

994 

994 

994 

994 

994 

Total liabilities

27 746 

23 603 

22 803 

22 173 

22 374 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

120 229 

124 276 

122 158 

119 276 

118 296 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

45 698 

45 698 

45 698 

45 698 

45 698 

Accumulated funds

74 531 

78 578 

76 460 

73 578 

72 598 

Total equity

120 229 

124 276 

122 158 

119 276 

118 296 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The Commission has reflected temporary borrowings as negative cash, pending reclassification. This has no impact on net assets and net debt.

2.    The increase in Property, plant and equipment reflects planned investment in fire appliances and station improvements at Campbell Town, Marrawah, Southport, Derby, Bridport and Wynyard.

3.    The decrease in Interest bearing liabilities reflects the repayment of a loan held by the Commission.

4.    The decrease in Employee benefits in 2023 reflects an anticipated increase in the use of leave benefits that have accumulated during the COVID‑19 pandemic.


 

Table 27.4:†††††† Statement of Cash Flows

 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Grants

14 999 

10 350 

9 668 

7 375 

5 258 

Taxation

85 393 

92 675 

96 824 

101 139 

105 629 

Sales of goods and services

6 366 

6 493 

6 623 

6 755 

6 890 

Fees and fines

176 

180 

184 

188 

192 

Interest received

250 

250 

250 

250 

250 

Other cash receipts

8 617 

8 930 

8 980 

9 030 

9 080 

Total cash inflows

115 801 

118 878 

122 529 

124 737 

127 299 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(51 895)

(53 570)

(53 707)

(54 864)

(56 153)

Superannuation

(6 581)

(6 776)

(6 798)

(6 952)

(7 115)

Borrowing costs

(35)

(35)

(35)

(35)

.... 

Grants and subsidies

(713)

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Supplies and consumables

(28 908)

(38 978)

(40 634)

(41 947)

(40 832)

Other cash payments

(19 843)

(16 611)

(16 883)

(17 231)

(17 588)

Total cash outflows

(107 975)

(115 970)

(118 057)

(121 029)

(121 688)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

7 826 

2 908 

4 472 

3 708 

5 611 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of non‑financial assets

(9 292)

(9 366)

(10 004)

(10 477)

(10 477)

Proceeds from the disposal of non‑financial assets

350 

350 

350 

350 

350 

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

(8 942)

(9 016)

(9 654)

(10 127)

(10 127)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net borrowings

.... 

(1 000)

(1 000)

(830)

.... 

Net cash from (used by) financing activities

.... 

(1 000)

(1 000)

(830)

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

(1 116)

(7 108)

(6 182)

(7 249)

(4 516)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

12 294 

16 675 

9 567 

3 385 

(3 864)

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

11 178 

9 567 

3 385 

(3 864)

(8 380)