About the Bill
To enhance Tasmania’s bushfire preparedness, the Tasmanian Government is proposing to introduce a new legislative framework to support bushfire mitigation in Tasmania. This legislative framework will be in the form of a Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill.
While it is not possible to eliminate bushfires, the Bill will seek to:
- Reinforce the duty of public and private land owners and occupiers to proactively manage bushfire risks on land they own or control – because all Tasmanians have a role to play in protecting lives, properties and Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage from bushfire.
- Provide for the establishment of a Bushfire Mitigation Measures (BMM) Panel - with representation from the Tasmanian Government, the Environment Protection Authority, the Local Government Association of Tasmania, and an independent expert member, to ensure a range of perspectives and expertise are utilised when considering applications for the approval of Bushfire Mitigation Plans.
- Streamline the Bushfire Mitigation Plan (BMP) approval process - by creating a ‘one stop’ approval process through which landowners and occupiers can submit approval for a BMP to the newly established BMM Panel. The BMM Panel’s approval of a BMP will remove the need for separate approval processes that may apply under other Tasmanian legislation.
- Consolidate the framework for bushfire hazard reduction notices - to empower the Tasmania Fire Service to issue a bushfire hazard reduction notice to an occupier of land requiring reduction of bushfire dangers and removal of bushfire hazards or the mitigation of bushfire risks.
Have Your Say
Public submissions are invited on the Draft Bushfire Mitigation Measures Bill 2020. An Explanatory Paper and Fact Sheet have been developed to explain the purpose and contents of the Bill.
You can have your say on the Draft Bill using the online submission form or by providing your written submission via email or post:
Post: Office of Security and Emergency Management
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123
HOBART TAS 7001
In accordance with the Tasmanian Government’s Public Submissions Policy, all submissions will be published on this website unless they are marked confidential. Any defamatory or offensive material will not be published.
Submissions are open until 23 October 2020.