Information for Local Governments

Webinar: WHS Legislation and Local Government Bushfire Brigades

On Tuesday, 31 August WALGA and LGIS hosted a webinar to inform Local Governments about the new Work Health and Safety legislation and the implications for the management of Bush Fire Brigade volunteers. Presentations covered the changes resulting from the new Work Health and Safety Act 2020, ways to reduce the level of risk and meet your legislative obligations, as well as a Local Government best practice case study and update from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on their training program.

The webinar presentations are available here
The webinar recording is available here

Bushfire Centre of Excellence Training Schedule for 2021
LGIS Work Health and Safety resources and publications

Local Government Animal Welfare In Emergencies Webinar

WALGA hosted a webinar on Local Plans for Animal Welfare in Emergencies on 22 June 2021. The webinar foccused on the role of Local Governments in safeguarding animal welfare during an emergency, as well as acitivation of the State Support Plan on Animal Welfare in Emergencies. 

Local Governments had the opportunity to hear presentations from the City of Swan, Shire of Mundaring and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development about their experience during the Wooroloo Bushfires earlier this year. This was to provide Local Governments with insight into considerations for their LPAWE's.

The webinar recording is available here

Australian Fire Danger Rating System

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is leading Western Australia’s participation in a national program through the Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) to design and implement a new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS).
DFES are currently developing a State implementation plan to identify the governance requirements, resourcing needs and change management processes required to enable the effective implementation of the new AFDRS scheduled for release in June 2022. This will include extensive engagement with stakeholder groups including Local Governments, to understand impacts and support structures that need to be put in place to support this significant change.

DFES in consultation with WALGA administered an online survey to all Local Governments, providing the opportunity to help inform on the impacts that the new AFDRS may have on their specific Local Government. The survey was sent out to all Local Government CEOs for consultation in late 2020.


Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards for residential and public buildings

In November 2020, the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner published new Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards for Western Australia. The Standards provide owners and occupiers of land within specified areas of the State the ability to undertake specific vegetation management activities around residential and public buildings without breaching State or local law. To read the Standards, open the PDF here

Information about the Standards will be available from the DFES website under the Managing Vegetation tab.

WALGA hosted a webinar to provide information on using the Standards in November 2020. The webinar can be viewed here

For further information about the Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards, please email the DFES Rural Fire Divison.