Bushfire planning resources

This page contains technical information and resources about the application and operation of Victoria's bushfire planning provisions.


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Practice and advisory notes

The department's planning practice and advisory notes provide advice about the bushfire planning provisions:


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Regional Bushfire Planning Assessments

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission emphasised the importance of considering bushfire matters at all stages of the planning process including through regional settlement planning.  In response, a series of six Regional Bushfire Planning Assessments has been produced to help inform councils' planning decisions to support community resilience to bushfire.

View Regional Bushfire Planning Assessments


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Fact sheets and guidelines


Training for bushfire planning

Extensive training programs to inform planners and other practitioners about the bushfire provisions were provided with the introduction of the provisions.

View information about the training provided


Agencies and authorities

Other useful information about bushfire preparedness can be found on these websites:

  • 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
    The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission investigated the causes and responses to the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in 2009. The Commission delivered its Final Report on 31 July 2010 and it is available on their website.
  • Victorian Building Authority
    The Victorian Building Authority is a statutory authority that oversees the building control system in Victoria.  For those who currently live, or plan to build, in a Bushfire Prone Area they provide information on the many precautions you can take to help protect your home and maximise your safety.
  • Country Fire Authority
    The CFA provides a range of risk reduction, fire suppression and incident management services to minimise the impact of fires and other emergencies on Victorian communities.
  • Department of Justice
    Further information on the government's approach to fire safety can be found at the Department of Justice web site. This includes the government's buy-back scheme for bushfire affected properties.
  • Department of Environment and Primary Industries
    The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is Victoria's lead government agency for sustainable management of water resources, climate change, bushfires, public land, forests and ecosystems. It's emergency planning and recovery programs assist Victoria's rural landholders to prepare for natural disasters and support during and after an incident with animal health and welfare, pasture management, pest and animal control, erosion protection, livestock feed planning and other issues.
  • Emergency Management Commissioner
    The Emergency Management Commissioner drives integration between the fire services, emergency management partners and the community.
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
    The MFB provides fire and rescue services, undertakes building inspections and fire investigation, and contributes to development of regulation, codes and standards, fire prevention and risk management and increasing community education and awareness.

Victoria's planning and building framework

Victoria has one of the highest levels of bushfire risk in the world. The planning and building systems ensure that new development is more resilient to bushfire and supports communities to be more bushfire ready.

Find out more about bushfire in Victoria and the background to the current requirements...

Page last reviewed on 21 October 2016

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