Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Deep tensions within the ACT’s emergency services leadership saw the territory’s fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency. ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain lodged a bullying complaint against his own boss, Emergency Services Commissioner Dominic Lane, in the middle of this year. The…

Qld Fire and Emergency Service a hostile workplace for women, report finds; fire chief retires

Queensland’s fire chief has taken early retirement after a report found the state’s Fire and Emergency Service to be a hostile workplace for women and ill-equipped to deal with accusation of sexual harassment and bullying. Premier Campbell Newman ordered a review into the service after it was revealed in September that male firefighters used social…

Bushfire Risk Management submissions online

As part of the development of the government’s proposed Planning and Development (Bushfire Risk Management) Regulations 2014, a number of stakeholders, including Local Government Authorities, have made submissions which are now publicly available to view online at

The Department of Planning has advised that it is currently considering all comments received on the bushfire regulations.