Western Australia Launches Bushfire Reforms

Posted on : Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Western Australian Government has officially launched its bushfire reform package in response to planning and building recommendations from the Keelty Report into the Perth Hills bushfire of 2011.

 

Key measures of the reforms include:

 

1. The creation of the map of bushfire prone areas which identifies the areas of WA that have been designated as bushfire prone by order of the Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner

 

2. New bushfire planning requirements for development in designated bushfire prone areas and

 

3. Application of the bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for certain residential buildings.

 

FPA Australia has worked closely with the WA Government to see these important reforms realised and we congratulate the WA Department of Planning for taking the lead for best practice outcomes for planning and building in bushfire prone areas in WA. 

 

FPA Australia has been recognised by the State Government as an accrediting and training body for Level 1 BAL Assessors in accordance with the Western Australian Bushfire Accreditation Framework.

 

These courses have been developed to support the Western Australian Government's commitment to having a professional bushfire consultant industry with accredited practitioners.  They also support all stakeholders involved in building and planning in bushfire prone areas. To learn more about FPA Australia's bushfire training click here.

 

Special Gazette - No. 183

 

The following documents were published in the Government Gazette (No. 183) on Monday 7 December 2015, with the provisions coming into operation on Tuesday 8 December 2015:

  • Fire and Emergency Services (Bush Fire Prone Areas) Order 2015;
  • Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Amendment Regulations 2015;
  • State Planning Policy 3.7 - Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas; and
  • Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2015.

 

The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas, referred to in the FES (Bush Fire Prone Areas) Order 2015, is available to view on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

 

Industry Bulletin 58 - Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2015

The purpose of this industry bulletin is to advise of the gazettal of the Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2015 that provides the four month transition to the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the BCA.

 

Industry Bulletin 59 - Launch of designated bush fire prone area reforms

The purpose of this industry bulletin is to update industry on the State Government's bush fire reforms and outline what this means for building permits in designated bush fire prone areas.

The complete list of industry bulletins is available on the Building Commission website.

 

Fact sheet - Building in bush fire prone areas

 

This fact sheet provides general information on requirements in designated bush fire prone areas.

 

Further information on changes to requirements in designated bush fire prone areas in Western Australia, including publications available for download, are available on the Building in designated bush fire prone areas webpage on the Building Commission website. The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas is available to view on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.


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