Prone Area Maps released and in force
edition of the Bushfire Prone Areas Map came into effect on Saturday 28
September. This builds upon the work earlier this year from a number of
government departments in making changes to the Bushfire Policy Framework
following the Buti Review of the 2015 Bushfire Reforms.
changes included amendments to the classification of Bushfire Prone Areas based
on land parcel size, which came into effect on 31 July this year. The updated
map released in September reflects these changes to Bushfire Prone designation.
Other changes already made include a partial relaxation of certain compliance
requirements for development applications and building permits linked to developments
on land previously designated as Bushfire Prone. The relaxation of these
requirements applies to development applications and building permit
applications submitted after 31 July. In some instances, this also allows for modifications
to be made to the design or construction of proposed projects where the
Bushfire Prone designation no longer applies.
on Stage 2 of the changes responding to the Buti Review. A co-ordinated
government approach is ongoing between DPLH, DFES and CSIRO to refine the mapping
methodologies so that the management of Bushfire Prone land is in line with
best practice and uses the latest technology. The development of this
methodology, including its implementation, is not expected to be complete until
updated Bushfire Prone Map is available at this
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more about the Bushfire Framework Review and subsequent policy changes, click here.