We are working with staff to implement the Framework to make sure it will assist and improve the way we work. This support is critical to make sure the Framework is embedded and becomes part of our business as usual.

The Department's primary objectives for bushfire management on public land are:

  • to minimise the impact of major bushfires on human life, communities, essential and community infrastructure, industries, the economy and the environment; and
  • to maintain or improve the resilience of natural ecosystems and their ability to deliver services such as biodiversity, water, carbon storage, and forest products.

The Framework has been designed to ensure we achieve these two important objectives. It will facilitate the maintenance of standards, continuous improvement and the management of risks for bushfire management activities – prevention, preparedness, fuel management, response and recovery (PPFRR).

The Framework is structured around seven elements:

  1. Risk
  2. Governance
  3. Continuous improvement
  4. Audit
  5. People and capabilities
  6. Process, tools and systems
  7. Community and stakeholder management

These elements will promote a structured and consistent approach to achieve quality assurance across our bushfire management activities.

The framework applies to all bushfire management activities performed across PPFRR activities and its two key support activities:

  • risk based bushfire management and planning
  • monitoring, evaluation and reporting