Overview

Managing bushfire risk is an ongoing and shared responsibility and everyone has a role. The collective knowledge and experience of all Victorians can help shape the government’s approach.

To do this, we need local communities to be involved in decision making about bushfire management by sharing your thoughts about living with bushfire risk.

Your feedback through this survey will help us improve how we engage and communicate about bushfire risk. It will also help us develop a range of bushfire risk measures that are more meaningful and useful for communities. Your feedback will also inform the development of the whole of sector bushfire strategy.

We want to understand what you care about most, what you think are the most effective ways of managing bushfire risk and what type of information is helpful in supporting your understanding.

Get involved

We are seeking input from the community and people who may be affected by bushfire risk where they live or work. Until  9 July 2021, you can participate and share your thoughts by completing the survey below.

We also value input from stakeholders and organisations via written submission.

Face-to-face community engagement is challenging in the current health situation. Our team have been adapting activities to ensure the public can still have conversations with DELWP and other fire and emergency management agencies. We will continue to follow all guidelines to make sure everybody is safe.

Next steps

All feedback will be collected and collated to help us create a simple and more meaningful performance measure for fuel management, that can be used to inform how to reduce bushfire risk for regional Victorians.

A summary of the feedback received will be published on Engage Victoria.


Survey

Submission

The Summary Report provided below summarises the publicly available content relevant for this consultation Building a better understanding of bushfire risk and should be read with the understanding that it contains extracts from three reports relevant to the inquiries following the 2019-20 bushfire season.

The intent of this report is to support stakeholder submissions regarding the consultation. Extracts are taken from the reports listed. If you feel you would like further information or that the summary does not meet your needs, you can find the full reports in the links provided.

How can your organisation contribute?

We would value your input via a submission to help us better understand:

  1. How we can improve community understanding around bushfire risk and fuel management?
  2. In developing a whole of sector bushfire strategy, what are the areas of bushfire management that should be considered and prioritised?
  3. How should fire agencies be responding to, mitigating and adapting to climate change?
  4. What you consider to be a realistically achievable percentage for bushfire risk reduction through fuel management and your reasoning for it?

You can upload a submission below, until 9 July 2021.

Next steps

There are many projects underway in DELWP and other Victorian Government departments and agencies, to deliver against the recommendations of the reports. This work will present additional opportunities for individuals and organisations to participate in the coming months.