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 will develop a model for cross agency planning for fuel management, preparation for planned burning and engagement activities to improve interoperability between CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFM-Vic). The project team will be 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.

Project 2.2: Joint delivery

This project will establish a joint (FFM-Vic 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 will develop risk tools and guidance for understanding and modelling bushfire risk and risk reduction to incorporate better bushfire risk knowledge into holistic landscape-scale strategic planning relating to before, during and after bushfires.

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 will develop a doctrine framework for shared standards and procedures between agencies to support collaborative delivery of fuel management.

Project 2.6: Common burn risk assessment tool

This project will deliver a single burn risk assessment tool, 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 will establish a single quality assurance system – based on complexity – and a Quality Assurance Framework to improve interoperability between agencies for planned burning quality assurance.

Project 2.9: Cultural burning practices

This project will develop training and employment frameworks and pathways to create more diverse employment opportunities within Victorian fire management agencies, and to enhance opportunities for Traditional Owners to practice cultural burning in Victoria. The project will support the work by the Federation of Traditional Owners and build on the Victorian Cultural Burning Strategy.

Project 2.10: Safer Together policy and legislative enablers

To deliver solutions to align policy and legislative settings with the Government’s overarching vision for whole of landscape bushfire fuel management, this 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.