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Welcome to the United Firefighters Union of Australia (‘UFUA) Website.

The UFUA represents 8 Professional Firefighter union branches: Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, ACT, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and the Aviation sector Branch.

Each branch has a very high level of union membership, with the majority of branches averaging a high proportion of the workforce as its member base.

Our members are career firefighters employed on a full-time basis, part time basis and a retained casual basis. The UFUA also represents fire service administrative and support personnel.

Today the UFUA represents more than 13,000 firefighters and support staff through continued campaigns and advocacy aimed at achieving improved working conditions for those men and women and support personnel facing dangerous and often life-threatening situations in their daily work.

On behalf of the National Committee of Management, welcome to the United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFUA) website.

The UFUA represents 8 Professional Firefighter union branches: Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, ACT, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and the Aviation sector Branch.

Each branch has a very high level of union membership, with the majority of branches enjoying a high proportion of the workforce as its member base.

Our members are primarily career firefighters employed on a full-time basis, part time basis and a retained casual basis. The UFUA also represents fire service administrative, communications and support personnel.

Today the UFUA represents more than 13,000 firefighters and related staff through continued campaigns and advocacy aimed at achieving improved working conditions for those men and women and support personnel facing dangerous and often life-threatening situations in their daily work.

This website aims to link our members through shared knowledge around the wide array of issues that we encounter. It is difficult to think of any area of public policy that isn’t somehow related to fire prevention, firefighting and rescue. I hope this website serves as an evolving resource in the face of the challenges our members confront daily.

If you have any suggestions about how we can improve the site, or about things we should add or links we should include, please take the time to contact the website administrator at admin@ufua.asn.au.

In unity and solidarity

Greg McConville
UFUA National Secretary

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Inauguration Group Image
Group Photo Back Row to Front – Top Row - NSW Peter Stathis, Des Cooper & John Slade. QLD Scott Morgan & Steve Robertson. WA Chris Evans & Bob Wood. 
Middle Row - Vic Lawrie Drew & Kevin Whelan. Airport Firies, Leo Donavan & Cliff Dunn. Tas Nick Devine. ACT Mike Stomps. SA Paddy Melin. 
Front Row, Vic Peter Lucas. National Secretary From SA Mick Doyle, National President from Victoria Rod Knowles, NT Murray Riley (observer) Queensland 3rd Rep Gary Hammond (not pictured)
Jock Pollock past UFU Vic Branch President shaking hands with Rod Knowles, National President
Jock Pollock past UFU Vic Branch President shaking hands with Rod Knowles, National President

The United Firefighters Union of Australia was officially registered on August 1, 1990, the culmination of a protracted battle which spanned more than 20 years.

The UFUA was originally registered in 1969 by the Deputy Industrial Registrar of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

But success was short lived due to strong opposition from country and metropolitan fire brigades from across Australia, which led to a High Court appeal against the registration.

The Chief Officers of the Country Fire Authority, the Country Fire Authority of Victoria, the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Boards of Melbourne, Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide and Western Australia and the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales were united in their resistance to a national union…

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UFUA News

Fiskville Redress Scheme

The UFUA congratulates the Victorian Branch for their exceptional efforts in mitigating the risks of occupational cancer for Firefighters. Whilst we have fought hard to

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UFUA Bulletin #009

Firefighter and UFU Victoria Branch member Mick Tisbury to feature on ABC’s ‘Australian Story’ episode airing 26th September 2022 Click here to read Bulletin #009

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UFUA BULLETIN #008

The UFU’s work in shaping Australia and International standards relating to firefighter safety has reached an important juncture. Click here to read Bulletin #008

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UFUA Bulletin #007

World Health Organization officially declares firefighting a cancer-causing profession Click here to view the #007 Bulletin document.

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UFUA Election Results

The UFUA National Committee of Management on June 17 accepted the election report from the Returning Officer of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) which makes

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