Fire-break Notice Guidance Note

Under section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, Local Governments may require a land owner or occupier to maintain a fire-break to reduce fuel loads and provide access for firefighting appliances in the event of a bushfire. WALGA and DFES have collaborated to prepare a draft Guidance Note - Section 33 Fire-break Notices to support Local Governments to produce a clear and enforceable Notice that aligns with regulatory requirements.

Example fire-break notices have been provided by the following Local Governments:

Emergency Management News

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Want to know more? Contact the Emergency Management team via or 9213 2000.



WALGA provides training tailored to the Local Government sector on emergency management and community disaster recovery. See information on our new course - Emergency Management For Local Government Leaders.

Australian Fire Danger Rating System

On Thursday, 1 September 2022, the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) was introduced across Australia. This means 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. For more information, contact DFES via

Webinar Recordings

Supporting recovery following natural disasters

WALGA hosted a webinar on Tuesday, 10 October 2023 delivered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The webinar provided a valuable opportunity to get up to speed on developments in disaster recovery and help plan for the season ahead. The webinar recording is available here

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

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