Victoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world, with a natural landscape that is dependent on bushfires returning at regular intervals to sustain the life cycles of many plant and animal species. Learning to co-exist with bushfires safely, protecting important values such as human life and property, while also protecting the ecosystems that sustain us, is becoming increasingly important for our communities.

Considering this, viewing and planning for fire as an inevitable and natural process, while reducing our exposure to the negative consequences of bushfires, is also essential. This is particularly important for Victorians as our population grows and climate change increases the frequency and intensity of severe weather conditions.

Strategic bushfire management planning is an important action we undertake to reduce bushfire risk. The process of developing a plan brings together land and fire managers, communities and other key stakeholders to develop a common understanding of bushfire risk across the landscape and determine appropriate management actions to reduce that risk.

Each regional approach reflects the values, priorities, environment and the unique risk profile of that place. This means that each region has different priorities, objectives and, ultimately, different strategies. You may notice these differences as you explore each regional engagement page.

Working together to deliver these plans, agencies and communities can reduce bushfire risk effectively and efficiently, helping to maintain or enhance the values that Victorians wish to protect from the negative consequences of bushfires.

For more information head to the Safer Together website.

Next steps

We will continue to seek input on developing our regional strategies, which were created from what communities said were important objectives in phase one, phase two and through direct conversations with community members across Victoria.

For all regions, the future opportunities for input online are:

  • Reviewing and providing feedback on proposed final strategies will be open from 29 July - 12 August 2019.
  • This information will feed into our final strategies which will be made available in late 2019.

Please note that due to summer fire activity in Victoria, the finalisation of the strategic bushfire management strategies has been delayed and they will be available in late 2019.

We invite you to participate in shaping the strategies of the places you care most about.

A consultation report will be made available for each region, following each phase of engagement.