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Bushfire Mitigation Programme

The Bushfire Mitigation Programme provides funds for construction and maintenance of fire trails and associated access measures that contribute to safer sustainable communities better able to prepare, respond to and withstand the effects of bushfires.

The program is administered by Australian Emergency Management (AEM) within the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department. Tasmania Fire Service is the lead agency in Tasmania for the Bushfire Mitigation Program, please direct any enquiries to the District Officer State Operations Tasmania Fire Service by calling 6230 8600.

In the 2009 Budget the Australian Government announced funding of $79.3m over four years for a new Disaster Resilience Program (DRP).

The DRP will consolidate the existing Bushfire Mitigation Program (BMP), the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) and the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund (NEVSF) in an effort to increase flexibility for the jurisdictions and streamline the associated administration for both the Commonwealth and the States and Territories.

The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department is currently working with representatives from each jurisdiction to ensure that the transition to the new DRP is as smooth as possible.

The DRP will commence in 2009-10 and details of the funding arrangements, program guidelines and implementation plans will be announced by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's department and disseminated to the relevant agencies and stakeholders in each jurisdiction in due course.

For further information please contact the Emergency Management Grant Section on (02) 6141 – 4513 or follow the link to the 
Australian Emergency Management website.