Fire, people and landscapes
The Australian landscape has evolved under a natural and cultural regime of fire over many thousands of years, and bushfire continues to be critical for the survival of many of our plants and animals. It is when bushfire interacts with society that disasters can result. From a human perspective, bushfire is one of Australia's most frequent and devastating natural hazards.
Biennial Bushfire Conference
NCC's next Bushfire Conference FIRE, FAUNA and FERALS will be held in Syndey on 30-31 May 2017, with a Field Day on 1 June.
Proceedings of our 2015 Bushfire Conference 'Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands' can be found here.
Ecologically sensitive bushfire management
The Bushfire Program arose to "ensure that all Bushfire Management activity is ecologically sustainable while protecting life and property". The program has been actively involved in fire management, bushfire education and advocacy for sustainable land policy since 1979. We have been actively involved in fire management since 1979, and since Rural Fires Act 1997 we have had statutory rights to appoint conservation representatives to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee (BFCC), Rural Fire Service Advisory Committee (RFSAC), and 67 Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMCs) around the state. The Bush Fire Advisory Committee (BFAC) provides strategic and technical advice to the NCC Bushfire Program.
Would you like to influence how fire is used in the environment by becoming involved in bushfire planning and management? Why not consider becoming an NCC Bush Fire Management Committee representative?
Science and experience informing policy
Knowledge exchange and the dissemination of peer-reviewed science is a critical component of sound environmental management. We regularly run workshops, conferences, and forums to help people and organisations get together to discuss bushfire and conservation issues. The Bushfire Program also reviews policy and provides advice on ecologically sustainable fire management.
Preparing For Fire Workshop Program
Our Preparing For Fire interactive workshop series is designed for communities on the urban-bushland fringe where the risk of bushfire is high and the bushland is especially important for conservation. Learn more.
Fire and Restoration Network
We have recently developed and launched the Fire and Restoration Network to share project stories and support discussions about how fire is being used for ecological restoration. The site provides a place for practitioners and researchers to share experiences, challenges, questions and new ideas. We invite you to read our articles, view related resources and contribute to discussions on fire and weeds, fauna, Cultural burning, restoration principles, thresholds and more. You can learn more about the network here.
The Bushfire Program often produces fact sheets and other informational material, ranging from information on general fire ecology through to how to better protect your property from bush fire. Learn more.
Submissions and submission guides
10/50 Vegetation Clearing RFS Review