In 2017—18, the Victorian Bushfire Monitoring Program (VBPM) implemented the  Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Framework for Bushfire Management on Public Land by collecting fuel hazard data. This data enables us to monitor how effectively planned burns reduce fuel hazard and to evaluate our progress reducing bushfire risk.

We collected fuel hazard data at 2,992 sites, covering 20% of all planned burns across the state.

The VBMP started during the year with implementation of the Ecosystem Resilience Monitoring Program. This involved:

  • developing an extensive, historical, fire-biodiversity monitoring programs database, which will also store all new monitoring data
  • piloting the Ecosystem Resilience Monitoring Program at 106 sites in central-western Victoria, which will monitor plants and animals at strategic locations to collect data to help us conduct fire management activities in the best interests of the environment.

Over the next six years, the program will monitor 2,200 sites across the state. It will be the world’s most-advanced, comprehensive and integrated adaptive management program for evaluating the effects of fire management on ecosystems and helping improve that management.

The table below provides key statistics about monitoring activity in each region during the year.

 Barwon South WestGippslandGrampiansHumeLoddon MalleePort PhillipTotal
Fuel hazard monitoring30613514852702895072992
Ecosystem resilience monitoring32536106274732
Total (by region)3381881491280916113724

Page last updated: 19/10/18