Practice and advisory notes

PN64 Local Planning for Bushfire Protection August 2013 for web The department's planning practice and advisory notes provide advice about the bushfire planning provisions:


Technical guide


Cover thumbnail Planning and building for bushfire protection

Fact sheets and guidelines


Agencies and authorities

Other useful information about bushfire preparedness can be found on these websites:

  • 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
    The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission investigated the causes and responses to the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in 2009. The Commission delivered its Final Report on 31 July 2010 and it is available on their website.

  • Victorian Building Authority
    The Victorian Building Authority is a statutory authority that oversees the building control system in Victoria.  For those who currently live, or plan to build, in a Bushfire Prone Area they provide information on the many precautions you can take to help protect your home and maximise your safety.

  • Country Fire Authority
    The CFA provides a range of risk reduction, fire suppression and incident management services to minimise the impact of fires and other emergencies on Victorian communities.

  • Department of Justice
    Further information on the government's approach to fire safety can be found at the Department of Justice web site. This includes the government's buy-back scheme for bushfire affected properties.

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is Victoria's lead government agency for sustainable management of water resources, climate change, bushfires, public land, forests and ecosystems. It's emergency planning and recovery programs assist Victoria's rural landholders to prepare for natural disasters and support during and after an incident with pest and animal control, erosion protection and other issues.

  • Emergency Management Victoria
    Emergency Management Victoria coordinates integration between the fire services, emergency management partners and the community.

  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
    The MFB provides fire and rescue services, undertakes building inspections and fire investigation, and contributes to development of regulation, codes and standards, fire prevention and risk management and increasing community education and awareness.

  • Insurance Council of Australia
    The Insurance Council of Australia is the representative body of the general insurance industry in Australia. See their Bushfire preparation web page.