CFA Volunteer Demographics

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Release Date December 29, 2014
Temporal Coverage Start January 1, 2000
Temporal Coverage End December 31, 2016
Data Quality Statement Data Source: CFA VOLUNTEER DEMOGRAPHICS Institutional Environment: Data Collector(s): Data are collected by Country Fire Authority (CFA). Collection authority: Data are captured under the CFA Act, the CFA Regulations 2014, and the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. CFA is bound by the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Victoria), and data were collected in accordance with these principles to maintain confidentiality and privacy of the data provided. Data Compiler(s): Data are collected by CFA which is a volunteer and community-based fire and emergency service organisation. Additional information: CFA ensures data are securely maintained, and does not report identifiable information. Relevance: Data topic: Demographic data were collected for all operational and non-operational volunteers. Volunteers are all aged 16 and over. Level of geography: Data are available for CFA jurisdictions in the state of Victoria. Key Data Items: Key data items include: • Number of operational/non-operational volunteers segmented by district and gender • Operational/non-operational volunteers segmented by region and length of service Numerator/Denominator Source: N/A Additional information: Data are collected in order to meet CFA's statutory obligations and to monitor CFA workforce and volunteer numbers. Timeliness: Data collected: Data are collected on an ongoing basis and reported as required. Data available: Data are available as and when required. Referenced Period: The reference period is financial years 2000-2015. Additional information: Data may be updated following its release to account for updates to the dataset (e.g. where a volunteer is deceased etc.). Accuracy: Method of Collection: Data were collected using hard copy forms completed by the volunteers that are entered into the system manually by administration staff. Data Adjustments: Data have been aggregated and de-identified to protect privacy. Collection size: CFA have approximately 60,000 volunteers. Under Counts: There may be a time lag for entering new volunteers into the system, which would vary by location. Over Counts: • Volunteers that are inactive or deceased may remain in the system for some time. • Some volunteers may be entered into the system more than once if they hold multiple roles at CFA (e.g. paid firefighter and volunteer). • CFA has processes in place to minimise errors. Additional information: Data processing is automated to minimise processing errors. Standard procedures and coding manuals are used to minimise data entry errors. Coherence: Consistency over time: Definitions change over time in this dataset, particularly those relating to roles (according to legislation changes, for example) and the definitions of skills/competencies. Consistency of jurisdictions: Each State and Territory has its own legislation and processes relating to volunteer firefighting. Numerator/denominator: N/A There is a consistent time series for this data. Additional information: While the underlying data collection processes have remained consistent, there have been changes to definitions of roles and skills/competencies over time. Interpretability: Context: N/A Other Supporting information: Annual reports provide further information about CFA volunteerism: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/volunteer-careers/ Additional information: CFA volunteers are all aged 16 years or over. The term 'volunteer' encompasses many roles, including firefighters and support roles. Examples of firefighting and emergency roles include: • Attending fires • Conducting fuel reduction burns • Attending road accident rescues • Attending incidents involving hazardous materials • Attending other emergencies including flood assistance • Attending other types of rescue Support roles include: • Community education programs • Fundraising activities • Brigade training • Brigade equipment maintenance • Media and public relations • Multicultural liaison • Brigade administration • Junior members program Accessibility: No further data are available. Contact details: CFA Headquarters Address: 8 Lakeside Drive, Burwood East, Victoria Australia 3151 Postal Address: PO Box 701,Mount Waverley, Victoria Australia 3149 Telephone: +61(3) 9262 8444 Fax: +61 (3) 9264 6200 Additional information: • Data are available in Excel spreadsheet. • There are a number of privacy and confidentiality issues therefore all data have been aggregated and de-identified prior to release. For further information please contact: Name: Bernie Marshall Telephone Number: 03 9262 8951 Email Address: B.Marshall@cfa.vic.gov.au