Bushfire Management Planning
State Bushfire Coordination Committee: Governance and Planning
Bushfire management in South Australia is governed under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005. The State Bushfire Coordination Committee (SBCC) is a State-level South Australian Government committee comprised of representatives from fire and land management agencies and other allied and representative organisations. The SBCC is responsible for bushfire management planning in SA.
State Bushfire Management Plan 2021-2025 - Approved
The Plan has been developed by the State Bushfire Coordination Committee to guide the key priorities for bushfire management in South Australia over the coming four years. The draft Plan was open for public consultation from 22nd March to 5th May 2021.
The final Plan has been approved by the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, having been endorsed by the Chief Officers of the SACFS and the SAMFS and the SBCC, in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 (SA).
Work has commenced on the implementation plan for the key actions to be overseen by the Committee, and further information on these processes will be provided in due course. A brief overview of the Plan can be found here.
The members of the SBCC are gazetted for a three year term. The new term of the SBCC commenced 14 November 2020.
- November 2021 Amendment to SBCC and BMC Guidelines - Bushfire Management Area Plan (BMAP) Amendments
- November 2021 Amendment to SBCC and BMC Guidelines - BMC Mid-Term Membership Management Procedure
2021 SBCC Meeting Dates: 19th March, 14th May, 13th August & 12th November (dates may change subject to SBCC project priorities)
SBCC Meeting Minutes*:
- State Bushfire Coordination Committee Confirmed Minutes 12 November 2021
- State Bushfire Coordination Committee Confirmed Minutes 13 August 2021
- State Bushfire Coordination Committee Confirmed Minutes 14 May 2021
- State Bushfire Coordination Committee Confirmed Minutes 19 Mar 2021
- State Bushfire Coordination Committee Confirmed Minutes 11 Dec 2020
*Minutes from this term of the SBCC will be posted here as they are confirmed. To obtain copies of Minutes from the previous term of the SBCC please request through the below email.
- SBCC Communique March 2022
- SBCC Communique November 2021
- SBCC Communique August 2021
- SBCC Communique May 2021
**A summary of key outcomes or information from SBCC meetings will be posted here.
SBCC Annual Reports:
For more information contact the SBCC:
The State Bushfire Coordination Committee (SBCC) is responsible for bushfire management planning in SA. The SBCC has divided the State into 9 Bushfire Management Areas. There is a sub-Committee, Bushfire Management Committee (BMC), for each area. Each BMC has prepared a Bushfire Management Area Plan (BMAP) for its area.
Bushfire Management Area Plans identify the risks and actions individuals organisations can take to reduce bushfire risk.
The 9 Bushfire Management Areas are listed below and each title links to the relevant Bushfire Management Area Plan:
- Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
- Flinders, Mid North and Yorke Peninsula
- Kangaroo Island
- Limestone Coast
- Lower Eyre Peninsula
- Murray Mallee
- Upper Eyre Peninsula
The BMAP Handbook details the procedure for the preparation of Bushfire Management Area Plans. This is version 2 of the document and reflects current process. Bushfire management planning is very dynamic and this document is likely to required fairly frequent updating. After the State Bushfire Management Plan 2021-2025 is approved a comprehensive review of this document will commence. The draft will be tabled with State Bushfire Coordination Committee for guidance and endorsement prior to a public consultation process.
This document defines the standards for the establishment of Fire Management Zones and guidance for use within Bushfire Management Area Plans in South Australia.
This Standard has been prepared by the Ecological Technical Reference Group (ETRG) on behalf of the State Bushfire Coordination Committee. Version 2.0 was officially approved on 14 February 2020.
Standard for the risk assessment of environmental assets from bushfire
This document defines the standards for the identification and risk assessment of South Australian environmental assets from bushfire.
This Standard has been prepared by the Ecological Technical Reference Group (ETRG) on behalf of the State Bushfire Coordination Committee. It was officially approved on 13 December 2017.
Rural Fire Hazard State Risk Assessment Report
The State Emergency Management Committee has assigned the role of Rural Fire Hazard Leader for South Australia to the SA CFS. Under the State Emergency Management Plan, Hazard Leaders work with advisory groups and functional services to ensure a coordinated State approach to major hazards.
In 2013, the Rural Fire Hazard Leader undertook a risk assessment for the Rural Fire hazard in South Australia using the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG) as part of the State Emergency Risk Assessment System (SERAS). The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) gave delivery of the SERAS project to the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM).
Read the Rural State Risk Assessment Report.
National Strategy for Disaster Resilience
The Council of Australian Governments endorsed the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience in February 2011. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide high-level guidance on disaster management to federal, state and local governments, business and community leaders and the not-for-profit sector.