Working In Partnership

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.

Working Together Projects

This stream of the Safer Together program focuses on improving the sector’s preparedness and response to bushfires on public and private land.

To do this, shared models for application by FFMVic and CFA are being established to unify:

  • planned burning training
  • preparation and planning of planned burn activity across the state
  • resource allocation
  • doctrine
  • risk assessment tools

Working in partnership with land and fire agencies, together with local communities, this stream will deliver integrated planning to improve Victoria’s ability to plan for and respond to bushfire events.

Project 2.1: Joint planning

This project is developing a model for cross agency planning for fuel management, preparation for planned burning and engagement activities to improve interoperability between Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic). The project team is responsible for understanding the capacity and capability required to deliver joint planning, preparation and engagement, develop joint fuel management program and preparation of common burn plans.

The first Joint Fuel Management Program was approved by CFA’s Deputy Chief Officer and FFMVic’s Chief Fire Officer in October 2018.

Project 2.2: Joint delivery

This project is establishing a joint FFMVic and CFA regional process for selection of burns and resource coordination. It will also see agreed principles and processes for tenure blind use of funds for operations, appliance coordination, use of resources including machinery, hazardous trees management, and burn planning and preparation work.

Project 2.3: Expanding strategic bushfire management planning

This project is supporting regional multi-agency teams to deliver a strategic bushfire management planning process across both public and private land. The project’s other intention is to incorporate additional strategic mitigations, particularly prevention and suppression. These are being piloted in Gippsland and Loddon-Mallee regions.

Project 2.4: Joint training system in relation to planned burning

This project focuses on the development of a joint training system, which will include content, accreditation pathways and burn complexity levels.

Project 2.5: Shared doctrine framework

This project is producing a shared doctrine framework to guide the development and maintenance of shared fuel management standards and procedures between the Country Fire Authority and Forest Fire Management Victoria.

Project 2.6: Common burn risk assessment tool

This project is delivering a burn risk assessment approach, which will determine complexity level and community risk to improve interoperability between agencies planned burning risk assessments.

Project 2.8: Common quality assurance system for fuel management

This project is establishing a common quality assurance system and consistent statewide processes and mechanisms for continuous improvement and lesson management and sharing. This will improve interoperability between agencies for planned burning quality assurance.

Project 2.9: Cultural burning practices

This project is focussed on supporting traditional owners and Registered Aboriginal Parties in undertaking fuel management on all land tenures and providing opportunities for traditional owners to develop their capacity and capability in traditional burning. The project is supporting the work by the Federation of Traditional Owners on the Victorian Cultural Burning Strategy.

Project 2.10: Safer Together policy and legislative enablers

This project is delivering solutions to align policy and legislative settings with the Government’s overarching vision for whole of landscape bushfire fuel management. The project will identify any legislative changes required to support greater local government and public authority participation in fuel management, management objectives for whole of landscape bushfire fuel management and propose options to modernise the legislative tools available.

Project 2.11: Fuel management system

The project is optimising interoperability between agencies with the development of a single, intuitive and flexible platform for delivering the multi-agency fuel management program in Victoria.