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National Bushfire Mitigation Program

The National Bushfire Mitigation Program—worth $15 million over three years (2014-2017)—boosts state and territory efforts to reduce long term bushfire risks.

It supports a range of activities including improving bushfire risk mapping, extending fire trails and better coordinating prescribed burns with private landholders. The program aims to strengthen community resilience and build Australia's ability to prevent bushfires.

Key features of the program include:

  • $2.2 million to support the National Burning Project. This will improve the way prescribed burning is managed across Australia through the development of agreed standards, nationally consistent training, fuel load classifications and information resources. The state and territory endorsed project is being led by New South Wales and delivered by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council.
  • $1.5 million mechanical fuel load reduction trial as a possible bushfire mitigation strategy. Overseen by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Forest Fire Management Group, the trial aims to better understand the value of mechanical fuel load removal techniques as part of an alternative approach to land and fuel load management, which also delivers community bushfire mitigation outcomes.