Over the past 10 years the Victorian Government has delivered changes to how planning schemes consider bushfire with a focus on prioritising human life over other policy objectives. Many of these changes were in response to the recommendations made by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

The focus over the next two years is to enhance the bushfire planning provisions by making them clearer. A discussion paper has been prepared as a conversation starter on potential improvements, including many already identified by stakeholders. A copy of the discussion paper is found below in the ‘Document Library’ . The scope of this work excludes the provisions that support bushfire recovery and rebuilding in bushfire affected communities.

The Victorian Government is seeking your feedback on issues and opportunities with the bushfire planning provisions including developing:

• a more usable state bushfire planning policy

• clearer planning requirements for developing land in bushfire prone areas

• better bushfire hazard assessments

• improving the implementation of bushfire-related planning permit conditions

• training and capacity building opportunities.

The Victorian Government remains committed to the planning policy objective of prioritising life in decision making.

How to participate

1. Read the discussion paper which is found in the Document Library below.

2. Note the privacy notice at the bottom of this page.

3. Make a submission by completing the survey.

Next steps

The submissions will be processed and will contribute to the recommendations made to the Victorian Government.

About the survey

The survey consists of a number of pages each corresponding to the chapters in the discussion paper. The survey format is a mix of ratings, options and free text. Comment fields are available after some questions and at the end of each section to provide further details. Most questions are optional as we understand that some stakeholders may only be interested in specific issues.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The information you provide will be used to inform the review of the bushfire planning provisions. Your contact details may be used to contact you should we need to clarify your submission. To protect individual privacy, DELWP will remove your email address from your submission when we receive it. If you do not wish to be identified, please ensure that there is no other information in your submission that could identify you or other individuals. De-identified submissions may be used by DELWP, or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements, to develop a consultation report and prepare recommendations to government. The consultation report will be made available online. If the required information survey questions are not received, the department will be unable to process your submission. If you do not provide your email address, the department will not be able to identify your submissions if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support. Should you need to correct the information you provided or gain access to your submission, please contact us by email at planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au