fire management activities are governed by the Code of practice for bushfire
management on public land.
the code sets out DELWP's two primary objectives for managing fire on public
- To minimise the impact of major bushfires on human life, communities, essential and community infrastructure, industries, the economy and the environment. Human life will be afforded priority over all other considerations.
- To maintain or improve the resilience of natural ecosystems and their ability to deliver services such as biodiversity, water, carbon storage and forest products.
code outlines what the department will consider or do on public land to achieve
bushfire management outcomes and objectives. It does not prescribe the
operational detail for how the department will achieve these goals. That detail
will be specified in bushfire management manuals and guidelines, which will be
publicly available and consistent with the code.
code is divided into seven major sections:
- risk-based bushfire management and planning
- fuel management (including planned burning)
- recovery, and
- monitoring, evaluation and reporting.