Bushfire risk and learning
Bushfires are a part of life in Victoria – but together, we can reduce their impact and build safer communities, a thriving economy and a healthy environment.
Safer together is a bushfire management approach that is more effective at reducing risk and is driven by local knowledge and expertise.
Find out more about Safer together.
Lessons from science and the past
Since 'The Dreamtime' thousands of years ago, Aborigines had skilfully managed the land using fire.
From 1802 Europeans settled in Victoria and started learning about fire and its risks, and how to manage fire better. They had settled in one of the most fire prone parts of the world – and in 1851 fires burned across five million hectares, a quarter of Victoria.