Community Planning

Community Protection Planning Process

Community Bushfire Protection Plans help communities, households and individuals to plan how they will respond to a bushfire in their community.

TFS conduct research to help develop and update Community Bushfire Protection Plans, including phone surveys.

People in bushfire prone areas may receive a call from an independent research company as part of this work. Questions asked include where you might go as a last resort during a bushfire emergency, and what community assets are important for the resilience of your community. The answers to these questions will help TFS to effectively implement operational priorities - protecting vulnerable people and important community assets.

Other research includes analysis of the path that bushfires may take, on-site assessment of bushfire fuels and community assets, and stakeholder engagement. Drafted plans are sent out to key stakeholders for comment, to ensure that the plans are suitable for the community. Finalised plans are available for the public and stakeholders to use in developing their own personal bushfire plan.

Anyone with queries regarding this research work is encouraged to contact the Bushfire Risk Unit Planning Team.

Click below to watch videos on Bushfire Risk and Protection Planning.

What is Bushfire Risk? Community Protection Planning



The bushfire risk identification and analysis process used in Community Protection Planning is guided by the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines (NERAG).

The risk management framework developed by Community Planning conforms to international standards for risk management ISO 31000.



A key component of the Community Bushfire Protection Planning process is the identification of nearby safer places. A nearby safer place is a site that provides a shelter option for people, as a last resort.

  More info on Nearby Safer Places

Evacuation Centres are buildings that have been identified by the TFS in partnership with councils and other government agencies that offer basic amenities including temporary shelter, drinking water and toilet facilities. They are for people who leave bushfire affected areas and do not go somewhere else of their own choosing eg. to homes of friends or family etc.

  More info on Evacuation Centres

Email your comments to:


Community Protection Planning
Tasmania Fire Service
GPO Box 1526
TAS 7001

1800 000 699

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