The department reviews the BPA twice a year with each review taking about 6 months to complete. When a review concludes, the next review usually opens within a week.
The review process is shown below but as many factors can affect the process, the timing is approximate.
Stages of a review
|Review opens - email to developers, councils and the CFA requesting identification of sites for review.|
Only sites where the bushfire hazard has been removed or where civil works have commenced should be nominated because the BPA will only be removed if the bushfire hazard has been removed enough to meet the criteria agreed with fire service agencies.
|Weeks 1-3 (three weeks)|
|Collate requests and prepare for site visits||Weeks 4-6 (two weeks)|
|Conduct site visits statewide|
The site should be cleared of the hazard by the time we visit because the review hinges on what we see when we visit. If it is not cleared by then, it will have to be considered in the following review.
|Weeks 7-10 (four weeks)|
|Prepare draft maps for consultation||Weeks 11-12 (one to two weeks)|
|Consultation with councils and fire authorities|
Timing varies depending time of year, for example, end of year break, bushfire season, and if we need further consultation on some sites.
|Weeks 13-18 (four to six weeks)|
|Prepare final maps, documentation and brief for approval; approval; gazette notice; update online map; lodge updated map and notify all parties.||Weeks 19-28 (six to eight weeks)|