Australian Fire Danger Rating System

On Thursday, 1 September 2022, the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) will be introduced across Australia. This will mean that wherever people are in Australia, they will see and access consistent fire danger advice.

AFDRS.PNGThis project has involved the development of new signage design with revised Ratings (depicted right), new messaging to accompany the revised Ratings, a review of the WA Fire Weather Districts to improve communication of the Ratings, and complimentary legislation change to the Bush Fires Act 1954 and Regulations. The DFES Project Team are working to assist in the communications of the new System, procurement of signage, and support the development of training at a national level. 

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Webinar Recordings

National Disaster Risk Reduction (NDRR) Grant Program

WALGA hosted a webinar with SEMC on Tuesday, 12 April 2022 to provide an outline of the Program to the Local Government sector. The webinar recording is available here

State Capability Webinar

WALGA hosted a webinar on Thursday, 7 April 2022 with SEMC to provide the Local Government sector with an overview of the SEMC Annual Capability Survey and results from the 2021 survey. The webinar recording is available here

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 focused on the role of Local Governments in safeguarding animal welfare during an emergency, as well as activation of the State Support Plan on Animal Welfare in Emergencies. The webinar recording is available here


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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, or read the Guide for applying the Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards.

WALGA hosted a webinar to provide information on using the Standards in November 2020. The webinar recording is available here.

For further information about the Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards, please email the DFES Rural Fire Division or visit the DFES website.

For resources relating to Bushfire Brigade management, please see our Bushfire Brigade Resource page.

Advocacy Position Statements

WALGA's Emergency Management Team is currently conducting a review of its Advocacy Position Statements and will be consulting with the Sector on the development of ten new positions. See our existing positions below. See all of WALGA's Advocacy Positions here

Community Resilience - Position Statement

WALGA advocates that the Commonwealth Government should commit to continued funding of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) as a fund to assist Local Governments to undertake community resilience building projects to reduce the impacts of identified natural disaster risks on communities.

Disaster Mitigation - Position Statement

WALGA advocates that the Commonwealth and State Governments should commit to specific funding programs to enable Local Governments to undertake essential physical mitigation programs to further reduce the exposure of communities to the impacts of natural disasters and to ensure the protection of essential community infrastructure.

Emergency Services Levy - Position Statement

In Western Australia, Local Governments responsibilities in regard to emergency management are outlined in the Emergency Management Act 2005 (EM Act), the Emergency Management Regulations 2006, and the Bush Fires Act 1954 (BF Act).

WALGA advocates for full review of the Emergency Services Levy, its administration, fee structure and distribution mechanism to facilitate funding back to Local Government to support their Emergency Management responsibilities as legislated in the Emergency Management Act 2005.