The NSW RFS Supportive Employer Program recognises the vital contribution employers make to the NSW RFS, especially by releasing volunteers to attend incidents and other NSW RFS activities during work hours.
The program seeks to recognise and acknowledge the contribution of employers and self employed volunteers, and aims to:
- formally and informally acknowledge the significant contribution employers and self employed volunteers make to the NSW RFS
- encourage employers to become more flexible and supportive of their employees when called upon to perform their volunteer duties with the NSW RFS
- educate employers about the type of work undertaken by NSW RFS volunteers and the skills and attributes NSW RFS volunteers bring to the workplace
- increase public awareness and appreciation for the important role NSW RFS volunteers and their employers play in bush fire prevention and mitigation within NSW.
The primary aim of NSW RFS Supportive Employer Program is to recognise the contribution of the time given by volunteers, either self employed or employed by a supporting organisation. This program does not include financial contributions and donations made by businesses or organisations to the NSW RFS.
For further information you can:
- read our fact sheet about the NSW RFS Supportive Employer Program
- phone 8741 4939
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Supportive Employer Special Commendations
Avis Western Plains
Avis Western Plains provides car hiring services within the Dubbo area.
Avis Western Plains was nominated by Daniel Stoner from the Boothenba Brigade. The business as nominated for going above and beyond to assist Daniel with his RFS commitments by allowing flexibility to take courses, classes, and deployments.
Blue Wheelers Pty Ltd
Blue Wheelers has approximately 200 fully trained dog washing/grooming operators Australia wide.
Blue Wheelers was nominated by Col Burrow from the Empire Bay Brigade. The business was nominated for being 100% behind Col. Cols pager goes off and so does Col. Not only is Col released but Col receives a call to check he is home safely.
Visit the http://bluewheelers.com.au/ website.
Cowra Toyota was established in 1970 and provides new and used vehicle sales. Owned by local people who own and operate the business, live in the community and support their town and customers.
Cowra Toyota was nominated by Andrew Vale from the Waugoola Brigade. The business was nominated for providing Andrew time to attend to RFS matters such as attending a pre school to do fire awareness during the hours of work. Cowra Toyota provides flexibility and always adjusts the work load so Andrew can attend to RFS call outs.
Visit the http://www.cowratoyota.com.au/ website.
Dr Abul Salim
Dr Abul Salim runs a general practitioner service at Coonabarabran.
Dr Abul Salim was nominated by Caron Hams from the Coona Fringe Brigade. Dr Abul Salim was nominated for providing four volunteers that work at his practice with time off to attend to RFS call outs. He is always supportive even though he runs a small busy rural practice.
Karignan Plantation is on a large property set up to accommodate tree production through all sizes.
Karignan Plantation owned by Silvia and Jim Warner was nominated by Simon Smith from the Mannering Park Brigade. The business was nominated for being flexible during short notices. Simon mentioned that ‘if it wasn’t for having employers like Jim we wouldn’t be able to keep the communities safe’.
Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services, Bloomfield Hospital
The Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Service is responsible for the prevention and management of alcohol and drug related harm.
The Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services, Bloomfield Hospital was nominated by Stephanie Huysman a captain from Spring Hill Brigade. The organisation was nominated as it has always been supportive allowing Stephanie to attend emergencies and incidents as well as interstate deployments. Stephanie’s NSW RFS skills are being used in the training and education of clinical and non-clinical staff in fire awareness and various emergency procedures.
Nestle Purina Petcare
The Nestlé Purina PetCare factory, which began operation in 1989, manufactures a wide range of products including dry cat and dog food for domestic and export markets.
Nestle Purina was nominated by John Mackie from the Blayney Brigade. The organisation with five RFS volunteers is very supportive anytime to local incidents and also provide a volunteer leave provision.
Orora Beverage Cans
The largest and most innovative beverage can supplier across Australia and New Zealand.
Orora Beverage Cans was nominated by Pablo Anwandter from the Glenhaven Brigade. The business as nominated for being conscious in providing work life balance so that their employees can pursue other interests out of work. Orora provide a volunteering provision of 5 days each year which is assisting Pablo with his volunteering call outs.
Queanbeyan Local Courts, NSW Department of Justice
Most criminal and civil cases first enter the New South Wales court system via the local court. The New South Wales Department of Justice administers the NSW Local Court.
Local Courts was nominated by Nathan Heerey from Queanbeyan City Brigade. The organisation was nominated as it provides recognition and achievement awards to Nathan for volunteering.
Visit the http://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/ website.
Ravensworth Open Cut
Ravensworth Open Cut mine is located in the NSW Hunter Valley, between the towns of Muswellbrook and Singleton.
Ravensworth Open Cut was nominated by Jason Hayes from the Edinglassie Brigade. The organisation was nominated as it is very flexible allowing Jason to attend to fire calls. They provide a volunteering provision of 5 days each year.
Smith Plant Lismore Pty Ltd
Smith Plant (Lismore) has been supplying councils, local and national contractors with Quality Quarry Products for 30 years.
Smith Plant at Lismore was nominated by Stephen Battistuzzi a Deputy Captain from the Clunes Brigade. The organisation with three RFS volunteers was nominated as it provides volunteers with time off during work hours to respond to incidents.
Wingvale plantations was established in 1992 and produces a large quantity of macadamia nuts.
Wingvale Plantation was nominated by Neville Battistuuzzi a Captain from the Clunes Bridage. The business was nominated because it always encourages volunteering and allows Neville to attend call outs and brigade duties during work hours without a question.
2015 Supportive Employer Special Commendations
Bega Cheese is involved in the dairy industry and supplies cheddar cheese in Australia and overseas.
Bega Cheese is a major business and employer in the Bega Valley of NSW with over 700 employees is the largest employer in Bega. A vast number of factory workers are locals.
Visit the http://www.begacheese.com.au/ website.
C2K at Castle Hill RSL Club is one of the largest Fitness and Aquatic Centre's in Australia and winner of Australian Fitness Centre of the Year Award! C2K prides itself on offering members and visitors the latest fitness, gymnastics and swimming programs with excellent customer service from our friendly team.
C2K Swimming provides aquatic education programs for children from 6 months old to squad swimming including adult learn to swim. Our programs are the result of extensive experience, research and innovation and this ensures a consistent, child centered and professional experience.
Visit the http://www.c2kfitnesscentre.com.au/swimming/ website.
Catholic Education Office
The Catholic Education Office (CEO) Sydney is responsible for the leadership, efficient operation and management of the systemic schools which educate over 69,000 students in 149 parish primary and regional secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. The CEO's main focus is providing support for
schools and helping to ensure that every student receives a high-quality Catholic education.
The CEO supports Fire-fighters and emergency services volunteers allowing teachers to actively participate in the NSW RFS and allows paid time to all volunteers.
Visit the http://www.ceosyd.catholic.edu.au/Pages/Home.aspx website.
Cummins South Pacific
A foreign owned proprietary company that sells and services diesel engines, power generation equipment and related parts. Cummins South Pacific operates in Australia and New Zealand, employs approximately 1,600 staff and is headquartered in Melbourne. Cummins South Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Cummins Inc, a US based enterprise that designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines, electric power generation systems and engine-related component products.
Cummins South Pacific sells and services diesel and natural gas engines for use in heavy equipment in the following industries:
- oil and gas,
- truck transportation and
Visit the http://www.cummins.com.au/ website.
Defence Archives Directorate
The Defence Archives Directorate;
- Manages the storage, archiving and retrieval of service records (both personal and health) for discharged members in Defence Archives custody.
- Responds to requests for information for service records (both personal and health) for discharged members or their advocates in Defence Archives custody.
Visit the http://www.defence.gov.au/Records/ website.
Is a NSW Government-owned corporation, with responsibility for building, operating and maintaining Australia's largest electricity network - delivering essential network services to more than 800,000 homes and businesses across 95 per cent of NSW and parts of southern Queensland.
Visit the http://www.essentialenergy.com.au/ website.
Australia's largest integrated provider of import and export logistics services with national operations that provide a broad range of services.
The Ports and Bulk division has diversified operations with Port Hedland being used to load iron ore for export markets and Port Kembla being used for motor vehicles, heavy machinery and project cargoes.
The Logistics division has strategically located facilities in all capital city ports and provides road and rail container transport, customs and quarantine services, container parks, intermodal terminals, warehousing and international freight forwarding.
Visit the http://www.qube.com.au/ website.
RM and HY Eglington and Son
The business is family owned since 1926 and third generation owners Min and Judy Eglington produce sweet potato which is sold across Sydney Markets and local farmer markets from Ballina NSW to Brisbane QLD.
Min and Judy are both long standing volunteer members of the NSW RFS and employ two full time staff who are also NSW RFS volunteer members.
Sayers Smash Repairs
Proudly servicing Warren and districts for over 40 years we specialise in repairs to all cars and 4WD's with no job too big or small.
Our staff have 115 years combined service in Smash Repairs and are highly qualified tradesman with a vast range of knowledge and experience in the industry.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Western Plains Zoo opened to the public on 28th February 1977 and was the first zoo in Australia to be constructed on the open range principle. It was also the first zoo to be built in Australia in 60 years. When the Zoo opened, it contained 35 different animals from six countries. Today visitors can see over 1,000 different animals from five continents of the world.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo provides much more than animal displays, it is a place to come and relax and enjoy the atmosphere. It is also an education centre, a research centre and a wildlife conservation and preservation centre for species from throughout the world. It is really much more than a zoo
Visit the https://taronga.org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo website.
Taylor's Hardware is a family owned and operated business and has been providing a quality service to the Woodenbong region for the past 50 years.
Our well established local business is a cabinet makers and wood workers ideal toyshop, stocking an abundant supply of doors, timber, mouldings, plywoods, machinery and more.
Our team are all trade qualified or have been working within a trade for many years and can give advice on all types of jobs. We provide a cutting and edging service to both trade and retail customers.
For over 200 years Wesley Mission's commitment to its Christian faith has guided us to support and advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society.
We've pioneered a diverse range of services that address the needs of the whole person, not just their current challenges.
Thanks to more than 2,000 staff, over 3,000 volunteers and many supporters including strong Federal and NSW Government partnerships. Wesley's services now cater to a broad spectrum of the community, from children, youth, and families, to older people and carers, to anyone struggling with financial or domestic challenges, homelessness, addiction or mental health issues.
Visit the http://www.wesleymission.org.au/ website
2014 Supportive Employer Special Commendations
Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd
The Allianz Group is a global leader in insurance and financial services. Operating in more than 70 countries, Allianz has a local presence in Australia and in New Zealand.
As the fourth largest general insurer in Australia, Allianz has more than 3500 people helping over two and a half million customers take care of their insurance needs. The team at Allianz works with customers to safeguard their property and businesses. They help manage their risks through a range of personal, commercial and corporate insurance products and services. Allianz is also a leading private Workers Compensation insurer.
Allianz has won many industry awards, including being named ANZIIF's Large General Insurer of the Year for the last three years in a row and has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women Agency every year since 2009.
Visit the Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd website.
AstraZeneca Pty Ltd
AstraZeneca is a global innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of prescription medicines that make a meaningful difference in healthcare.
Science and patients are at the heart of everything we do, and our skills and resources are concentrated on those therapy areas where we believe we can make the most difference. We focus primarily on cancer, cardiovascular/metabolic disease and respiratory/inflammation/autoimmunity. Alongside this, we remain active in infection and neuroscience with targeted investments in opportunities and collaborations.
- We operate in over 100 countries and our medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide
- We employ around 50,000 people worldwide
- We conduct R&D across 3 continents and we invest over $4 billion in R&D each year
- We manufacture in 16 countries
AstraZeneca is one of Australia's largest private sector investors in medical research and development (R&D) and has, invested more than $250 million in Australia in the last decade.
We are the largest national manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, providing $1 billion of medicines to the local market and over $200 million in exports.
We are currently involved in more than 20 clinical trials at 130 sites across Australia, investigating potential new treatments in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular, diabetes, infection, gastrointestinal, neuroscience, respiratory, and inflammation.
In Australia we employ more than 900 people and are committed to being recognised as an 'Employer of Choice'. We aspire to be famous for our medicines, scientific innovation and a great place to work.
Visit the AstraZeneca Pty Ltd website.
Australian Astronomical Observatory
The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) a Division of the Commonwealth Department of Industry is Australia's national optical and infrared observatory. Its mission is to provide world-class optical and infrared observing facilities enabling Australian astronomers to do excellent science. The AAO operates the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), that provides Australian and international astronomers with leading-edge observing facilities with which to undertake astronomical research. The AAT is the only world-class optical telescope based in Australia. The AAO also operates the 1.2-metre UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST), which carries out large dedicated surveys. AAO also manages access to large international telescopes on behalf of the astronomical community and is a world leader in astronomical research and in the development of innovative telescope instrumentation. It also takes a leading role in the formulation of long-term plans for astronomy in Australia.
The AAO employs 25 full time staff and a number of casuals at its Siding Spring Observatory site, many of whom reside in Coonabarabran or more broadly in the Warrumbungle Shire.
Visit the Australian Astronomical Observatory website.
BIG W is home to a huge range of Australia's favourite brands, including Apple, Bonds, Peter Morrissey and Mambo. BIG W is committed to giving Australians the lowest prices every day.
BIG W also stock a range of house brands including, Smart Value, AWA, Dymples and of course Emerson and Avella the on trend fashion brands at great everyday low prices. BIG W online stocks around 20,000 product lines and the BIG W mobile App makes it possible for every shopper to be savvy with the price comparison scanner as well as buy and layby online.
Visit the Big W website.
Liverpool Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District
Liverpool Hospital is located approximately 50 minutes drive from the Sydney CBD. It began as a tent hospital for convicts and soldiers 200 years ago and now provides a health service of international standing, with 23 operating theatres, capacity for 877 beds, diagnostic and imaging services, emergency and trauma care, maternity, paediatric, cancer care, mental health, ambulatory care, allied health and medical and surgical services from birth to aged care.
The Hospital is the major health service for south-western Sydney, providing services to the local government area of Liverpool City Council as well as district services to residents and visitors in the area. It also provides a range of statewide services in areas such as critical care and trauma, neonatal intensive care and brain injury rehabilitation.
Visit the Liverpool Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District website.
M and A Green Plumbing
M and A Green Plumbing is a family run business providing plumbing services to the Batemans Bay and Moruya area.
With over 40 years experiences you can rest assure that our service is of the highest standard with reliable friendly service.
Our Australian business began when we started selling the iconic MARS® bar here in 1954, followed by the launch of PAL® and WHISKAS® in 1965. We built our first factory in Wodonga, Victoria in 1966, and since then we have grown significantly, across the four segments of our business. Today, we have six manufacturing sites across Australia and New Zealand, and employ more than 2,000 Associates .
With a turnover exceeding $1 billion , we are one of Australia's leading consumer brands companies, supplying local and export customers with high quality Food, Petcare, Chocolate, Gum & Confectionery products.
Although most of our sales are in Australia and New Zealand, we export to more than 30 countries around the world.
Whether it's the simple pleasure of savouring the world's best-loved chocolate and confectionery, the warmth that a healthy and contented pet brings to your family, or the rewards that come from creating fantastic tastes in your own home, Mars is the company behind many of the enduring brands Australians and New Zealanders (or Pacific consumers) have come to know and trust.
Visit the Mars Australia website.
Moolarben Coal Operations
The Moolarben Coal Complex is situated within the Western Coalfields of NSW, within the Mid-Western Regional Council Local Government Area. Moolarben Coal is located near the village of Ulan, approximately 45 kilometres north-east of Mudgee and 25 kilometres east of Gulgong.
The Moolarben Coal Complex encumbers an area of approximately 11,000 hectares (110 sq km).
Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd is the operator of the Moolarben Coal Complex on behalf of the Joint Venture (JV). The JV partners are YanCoal Australia Pty Ltd (80%), Kores Australia Moolarben Coal Pty Ltd (10%), and Sojitz Moolarben Resources Pty Ltd (10%).
Moolarben Coal commenced mining in November 2009 and since then has continued to grow. Currently employing 280 people and with Stage 2 and Modification 9 approvals the workforce is expected to near double .
Moolarben Coal contributes to its local community with its Community Support Program. Donating to local not for profit organisations such as the various rural fire services, schools and sporting organisation with over $350,000 donated since the program began in 2010.
In March 2014 Moolarben was a major contributor in a local radio charity appeal, purchasing over $70,000 in equipment for the Mudgee Hospital including a Cataract surgery machine and the Moolarben Spirit Award is an initiative which identifies high school students who display commitment at both school and their social interests.
Moolarben Coal is continuing to lead the way with local community support, assisting the community in which it proudly lives
Visit the Moolarben Coal Operations website.
Moree Plains Shire Council
Incorporated in 1890 with nine (9) elected representatives, Moree Plains Shire Council is recognised as an employer of choice and our organisational goal is to provide employees with a happy and healthy working life experience which creates a productive workforce. We aim to lead the way in fostering a healthy, positive and well-resourced community.
Visit the Moree Plains Shire Council website.
Shepherd Electrical (ACT) Pty Ltd
Shepherd Electrical is a provider of electrical contracting services based in the ACT. Established in 1994, Shepherd Electrical has grown from strength to strength through a philosophy of continuous improvement, customer focus and an unrivalled project quality; a whatever it takes approach has been key to our continues success.
Visit the Shepherd Electrical (ACT) Pty Ltd website.
Singtel Optus Pty Ltd
Optus is Australia's second largest telco provider. We're a wholly-owned subsidiary of the SingTel Group, Asia's leading telecommunications company.
We provide customers with a range of services including mobile, fixed and IP telephony, business network services, fixed and wireless broadband, satellite services, as well as entertainment and subscription TV.
Optus also delivers wholesales services to third parties for resale under their own brand. We are the only carrier in Australia to own and operate network infrastructure across three platforms – mobile, fixed and satellite. And, we're the only network provider in Australia to own and operate our own fleet of satellites. We use our satellites to deliver TV, mobile telephony and broadband services across the far flung reaches of regional Australia and New Zealand.
Visit the Singtel Optus Pty Ltd website.
University of New England
The University of New England was formed in 1938 as the New England University College, a College of the University of Sydney. The University became fully independent in 1954 and pioneered teaching to external students by correspondence, making UNE Australia's most experienced provider of distance and now online education.
UNE is Australia's oldest regional university offering more than 200 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher degree research levels. In 2012 UNE had more than 20,000 current students and 1,200 staff.
Visit the University of New England website.
2013 Supportive Employer Special Commendations
The Armidale School
Staff at the Armidale School, an independent boarding and day school in northern NSW, have the flexibility to attend incidents with their brigades during work hours when circumstances permit. They also assist delivery of bush fire training to around 20 students per year through a youth development partnership program with the New England Zone. Last year the school granted leave for a staff member to represent the NSW RFS in Botswana.
BHP / Illawarra Coal
Dane Coulter of Thirlmere Brigade nominated his employer Illawarra Coal for their generous and flexible paid volunteer leave policy and the Matched Giving Program, which provides a $10 matched donation for every hour employees spend volunteering. Illawarra Coal operates in the Illawarra and Wollondilly regions of NSW.
Braidwood & Bungendore Community Bank
Scott Hart of Braidwood Rural Fire Brigade nominated this Community Bank for its generous support of local brigades, active encouragement of volunteering and for allowing him to attend incidents whenever possible.
Brunswick Byron Pest Control
Mark and Leah Ross are self-employed volunteers who also employ one of their children in the family business. All three are active members of the Mullumbimby Rural Fire Brigade and give a lot of their time to the brigade, managing their business around fire calls and other NSW RFS activities.
Chesterfield Australia PL
Chesterfield Australia is a family owned company supplying rural industries farming machinery & equipment. The Warren branch was nominated by Trades Assistant Shaun Doughty for promoting volunteering in the workplace and supporting employees to take time off to attend NSW RFS incidents and training exercises.
Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers PL
Nominator Bert Clarke of Valley Heights Brigade states that in the 20 years he has been a member of the NSW RFS the company has fully supported his volunteering activities and have promoted his RFS achievements in the company newsletter. The company advises Bert's clients of his commitments, particularly during fire season, and of their support.
Christopher Muscat is a self-employed musician who is an active member of the Huskisson Brigade. He manages his volunteering activities around his paid work as singer and keyboardist for venues and private functions around the NSW South Coast.
Junction City Transport
Roger Ley has been nominated by the Captain of the Burren Junction Brigade as a self-employed volunteer. Roger owns Junction City Transport and is also a very dedicated member of the brigade. Roger is always willing to attend incidents event if it means putting his work on hold, as well assisting with his tools, equipment and expertise to do minor maintenance jobs for the brigade.
Andrew Henderson of Londonderry Brigade has worked for Schweppes Australia for six years and during that time they have supported him by releasing him to attend emergency incidents on full pay, even if that meant paying a contractor to cover Andrew's position. Schweppes has a generous Emergency Services Leave Policy.
All Telstra employees can take general volunteer leave to participate in either a non-profit organisation of their choice or team volunteering through one of Telstra's charity partners. In addition they provide Emergency Response Leave for Telstra e who are members of recognised emergency organisations such as the RFS.
Wentworthville Leagues Club
Adam Streichler is a volunteer with Westleigh Brigade who was deployed to Coonabarabran in January 2013 and had to leave work at short notice. Due to Adam's situation the Board of Directors has implemented a generous and flexible Emergency Services Leave Policy for Club employees who volunteer.
Zoetis, Australia's largest animal health company was nominated by two employees in recognition of the company's active support for volunteers engaged in community services by providing paid Volunteering Leave of at least 4 days per year. Emergency service volunteers are entitled to additional paid leave.