Bushfire risk and learning
DEPI is adopting a broader approach to managing bushfire risk as part of ongoing efforts to deliver the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and government priorities for emergency management.
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.
Managing fire and land
On Victoria's 7.6 million hectares of public land DEPI has responsibilities both for firefighting and fire management. The former involves putting fires out, and the latter involves land-management activities such as planning, slashing, mowing, clearing and planned burning, and public land recovery.
DEPI's fire management activities are governed by the Code of practice for bushfire management on public land.
In meeting its responsibilities DEPI works closely with: