The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) administers the following Acts on behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services:
DFES is coordinating a review of the Fire Brigades Act 1942, the Bush Fires Act 1954 and the Fire and Emergency Services Act of 1998.
The Western Australian Cabinet has approved the consolidation of these three Acts. As a result, the existing Acts will be repealed and replaced with one comprehensive consolidated piece of legislation. It is currently referred to as the Consolidated Emergency Services Act or the CES Act.
The CES Act will lay a strong and integrated foundation for effective emergency services management in the future. It will also improve community safety and provide better support for emergency services workers.
To determine the scope of the proposed CES Act, DFES conducted extensive consultation with state agencies, local government, volunteers and industry during a legislation review that resulted in over 5,000 comments submitted. These submissions assisted in developing drafting instructions, which Cabinet subsequently approved.