The importance of such learning is emphasised in the Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land 2012 and the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

To become more effective at learning we have developed a bushfire science strategy:

The strategy guides science investment through focusing on three strategy areas:

  • policy driven investment management
  • portfolio structure and flexibility
  • knowledge translation

Science partnerships

We invest externally in bushfire science, mainly through partnership arrangements with the following research organisations:

We also funds a range of other organisations to undertake research.

Science reports

We have a rich history of investing in applied bushfire science both internally and externally, and have published this work in a series of reports. 

Originally called Fire Research Reports (from 1977 - 2004) these are now Fire and Adaptive Management Reports (from 2008).

The reports address the themes below.

Social researchBiological researchPhysical research theme
Community - understanding, impacts and valuesHazard  management
Ecosystem, monitoring and resilience
Pine plantations - fuels and planned burning
Smoke modelling
Bushfire management
Aircraft and fire retardant

DELWP’s Forest, Fire and Regions Group (FFRG) also publish an annual catalogue of our current research, including describing how we will use it to learn and improve.  

The 2017-18 Bushfires and Knowledge: FFRG Science Catalogue includes a bushfire science history for Victoria. This history is an insight into just how long and dedicated our commitment to improving bushfire management through science has been.

For more detailed information about current projects listed in the Science Catalogue, please see a list of available project fact sheets below.

Project Fact Sheets

Integrated landscape decision support system

Incorporating values in bushfire risk decision making: further development of tools and strategies

Dynamic smoke intelligence using remote sensing and fixed sensors

Community impacts of smoke

Improving the representation of bushfire risk

Landscape fuel moisture forecasting for bushfire risk assessment

Improving fire fighter safety with RADAR based warnings

Planned burn mapping in Victoria using remote sensing

Page last updated: 20/12/2018