Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (MER) allows land managers to quantify the efficiency and effectiveness of their management strategies. This allows us to report on management outcomes to the government and community.
MER supports continuous improvement through evidence-based decision making and is a key component of a more strategic and outcomes-focused approach to bushfire management.
We continue to work with Parks Victoria and research institutions (such as the Arthur Rylah Institute and Universities) to review and monitor progress. This is being done through a statewide fire monitoring program.
DELWP has prepared a framework to provide guidance on how to monitor, evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the planned burn program.
Effectiveness is measured against the primary objectives for bushfire management in the Code of practice for bushfire management on public land.
Learnings from evaluation will be used to improve how bushfire management is used to:
- reduce the impact of major bushfires and to maintain or improve ecological resilience
- refine and test management models used to support decision making, and
- improve bushfire management planning, strategies and actions.
Findings from monitoring and evaluation are communicated through reports such as the annual Fuel management report, to inform government, partner agencies and the community about the outputs and outcomes of bushfire management
Fuel management reports
Our achievements in fuel management during a financial year are described in the annual Fuel management report. The report provides a statewide overview of performance as well information on each of our regions.
An overview of the performance from the first two years is shown in the fact sheets below:
- Fact sheet – Fuel management report 2013–14 (PDF, 87.7 KB)
- Fact sheet – Fuel management report 2013–14 (RTF, 55.3 KB)
Details of the performance of DELWP's fuel management program are shown in the reports below.
Code of practice for bushfire management on public land
Our fire management activities are governed by the Code of practice for bushfire management on public land.
- Code of practice for bushfire management on public land (PDF, 5.0 MB)
- Code of practice for bushfire management on public land (DOCX, 64.4 KB)
Importantly, the code sets out our two primary objectives for managing fire on public land:
- To minimise the impact of major bushfires on human life, communities, essential and community infrastructure, industries, the economy and the environment. Human life will be afforded priority over all other considerations.
- 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 code outlines what the department will consider or do on public land to achieve bushfire management outcomes and objectives. It does not prescribe the operational detail for how the department will achieve these goals. That detail will be specified in bushfire management manuals and guidelines, which will be publicly available and consistent with the code.
The code is divided into seven major sections:
- risk-based bushfire management and planning
- fuel management (including planned burning)
- recovery, and
- monitoring, evaluation and reporting