Bushfire program

We have been actively involved in fire management, bushfire education and advocacy for sustainable land policy since 1979.

2017 Bushfire Conference

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.

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, and since the 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?

Find out more about being a representative

Biennial Bushfire Conference

NCC's Bushfire Conference FIRE, FAUNA and FERALS was held in Syndey on 30-31 May 2017, with a Field Day on 1 June. Conference proceedings are now available.

2017 Bushfire Conference

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.

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.

Visit the Fire and Restoration Network

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.

Fact Sheets

The Bushfire Program produces fact sheets and other materials, 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


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