Each landscape and each community is different. The best decisions are shaped by the people they affect. The new approach will mean communities will get more of a say on how we reduce the risk of bushfire, including where and when planned burning should occur – protecting communities and the things that matter most to them. 

Our collective knowledge of bushfire, combined with communities' understanding of what is important, their local knowledge and experience, will inform our actions.


Victorian communities expect our land and fire managers to work together, and with the broader emergency management sector, to reduce risk and make people safer.

Our new approach will involve:

  • Integrated planning for bushfires, involving all agencies and communities, to decide the right mix of risk management strategies. These might include a mix of land use planning and controls, fire response strategies, the availability of fire refuges, fuel management and other management options.
  • Land and fire agencies working together to plan and deliver a fuel management program on public and private land
  • Greater CFA involvement in burns on public land, including local brigade participation and access to shared resources, vehicles and other equipment.

Craig Lapsley

"By working as one we will be more focussed and more effective at reducing risk, and keeping Victorians safer."

Craig Lapsley
Emergency Management Commissioner

Year-round planning

As part of our new approach, land and fire agencies will plan together, identify ways to work together with communities and share what they hear from communities with each other. This will ensure that the work that each agency does complements the work of other agencies and the community.

Lots of risk reduction work will still need to be done and you'll be able to get involved in bushfire risk reduction in your local area all year round. Your input will mean the planning that land and fire managers do, how they work together and how they work with you makes us all safer.

Year round planning chart

Get informed, get involved

You can get involved in planning for how bushfire is managed in your area.

Community Conversations

Community conversations are happening about bushfire risk and the actions communities and agencies can take to reduce it.

Mount Macedon

Community members, business owners and DELWP staff share their experiences of being involved, and involving, local people in the planning process around planned burning, to help reduce bushfire risk and minimise disruption to local communities.

Fire Game

Community members, as well as representatives from Surf Coast Shire and DELWP, share their experiences of The Fire Game, its development and use, and explain how bushfire simulations support emergency scenarios that are delivered in conjunction with the game.

Port Phillip

Staff from DELWP, the CFA, and Melbourne Water discuss the importance of understanding bushfire risk, and working together to ensure that critical infrastructure is better protected from bushfire.
DELWP worked with power providers, water agencies, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and the CFA to use information from industry natural hazard contingency plans and better incorporate key power and water infrastructure into the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan.

I live or work in a bushfire prone area

I am a government agency

I am a government agency

The new approach doesn't change the responsibilities of our different agencies, but there will be a greater emphasis on agencies working together. There will be a focus on coordinated fuel management across public and private land and there will be more involvement of CFA brigades in fuel management across public/private land

The new approach will mean greater emphasis on local communities being involved in bushfire management and a focus on agencies talking collectively with communities about bushfires. Over time, bushfire modelling will become more available to support local community discussion about how to manage bushfires.

To find out more about bushfire risk in your area click on your local bushfire risk landscape below or find your landscape

I am a traditional owner

I am a traditional owner

The new approach will mean greater opportunities to talk about bushfire management across the whole of country and the impact on cultural heritage, the environment and connection to country. 

It will also mean involvement of Traditional Owners in bushfire management and drawing on traditional knowledge about fire to improve practices.

I am concerned about health impacts

I am concerned about health impacts

The new approach means we will be doing more to reduce the risk of bushfire, and being more effective in how we do it. Planned burning in and around towns will continue to be a key strategy for reducing bushfire risk and protecting lives and property. The government is investing in predictive modelling of smoke and research to better understand its health impacts.

Contact numbers

DELWP General enquiries: 136 186

VicEmergency Hotline: 1800 226 226

Planning and Local Government Switchboard: 03 9208 3333

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