The cost of the entire fuel management program in 2017-18 was $107.8 million. Of this, direct fuel management costs were $30.4 million and indirect fuel management costs were $77.4 million. Other (non-fuel-management, not show in table) activities including fire and emergency response, recovery, prevention and preparedness activities cost $190.2 million.
Fuel management costs, by region and group 2017-2018
|Region||Fuel management $ (direct)||Fuel management $ (indirect)||Total $|
|Barwon South West||4,147,256||5,353,634||9,500,890|
|Forest & Fire Operations Directorate||33,332||6,968,351||7,001,683|
|Total Forest & Fire Operations Division||26,456,424||44,529,717||70,986,142|
|Infrastructure & Resources Division (IRD)||3,939,852||21,227,291||25,167,143|
|Policy & Planning Division (PPD)||0||6,591,696||6,591,696|
|Total IRD and PPD||3,939,852||32,863,428||36,803,182|
The next table below is a breakdown of the indirect fuel management costs. The table shows that the largest cost items were equipment, infrastructure and resource management.
Actual indirect fuel management, by item cost 2017-2018
|Item||% Indirect Costs||$|
|Equipment and infrastructure||32%||25,003,182|
|Monitoring, evaluation and reporting||4%||2,806,632|
As well as paying for planning, preparing and conducting planned burning, the amounts in the table also paid to:
- implement the Safer Together policy and the transition towards a risk-based approach to fuel management
- implement the Reducing Bushfire Risk policy, including roads and fire breaks to be maintained and updated for access for first attack
- increase staff capability and mobility with stand-by and overtime pay, training and medicals, and to move taskforces around the state
- provide more equipment and vehicles to support field activities
- improve the engagement of stakeholders through roundtables and other forums
- we identified 71 high-priority sites for planned burning during the season. Of the 71, we delivered 43, which were very resource-intensive.
Page last updated: 18/10/18