National Burning Project: Prescribed Burning Guidelines and Frameworks

These guidelines and frameworks were produced by the National Burning Project.

The National Burning Project was an initiative of the Forest Fire Management Group and AFAC. It was funded by AFAC member agencies and the Commonwealth of Australia.

Drawing upon the expertise of scientists, program managers, burn planners and practitioners across Australia, the project documented best practice regarding the strategic, operational and ecological aspects of prescribed burning. A suite of publications provides principles, frameworks and guidance for policy development, program design, burn planning, implementation and evaluation, including the management of risk.

All publications are scheduled for periodic review, and others will be developed as gaps are identified and lessons learned.

Guidelines, frameworks and reports

Full documentation and background to the principles, frameworks and guidelines to inform all levels of prescribed burning

National Guidelines for Prescribed Burning Strategic and Program Planning

These guidelines build a set of best practice principles, supported by evidence and guiding notes. (2.0 MB)

National Guidelines for Prescribed Burning Operations

These guidelines build a set of best practice principles, supported by evidence and guiding notes. (3.5 MB)

Prescribed Burning Performance Measures

A set of performance measures that encompass prescribed burning inputs, activities and outputs over short and long term goals. (6.0 MB)

Risk Management Framework - Fuel Hazards

A framework that facilitates an improved alignment of approaches and greater appreciation of fuel hazards. (3.9 MB)

Risk Management Framework - Operational

Examines operational risk to life and property and analyses the risk controls in a structured manner. (2.8 MB)

Risk Management Framework - Ecological

This framework provides an approach to consider the steps an processes to take when seeking the best ecological outcomes with respect to prescribed burning. (4.0 MB)

Risk Management Framework - Smoke and Greenhouse Gases

A framework for the management of risks associated with smoke and greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on amenities, prosperity,health and safety. (2.3 MB)

Objectives Setting and Analysis case studies

Examines two case studies that use the cost:benefit tool for assessing outcomes from prescribed burning program strategies. (5.58 MB)

Objectives Setting and Analysis cost-benefit tool

This tool is designed for longer-term strategic decision making rather than shorter-term decision making; the latter is often more tactical or reactive. The tool is partially populated with New South Wales data for illustrative purposes only; users should replace this and complete the spreadsheet with data specific to the region in question.

Objectives Setting and Analysis user guide

This user guide is provided for agencies who are using the Objectives Analysis spreadsheet tool.

Overview of Prescribed Burning in Australasia

This report is a useful introduction and overview to the role of fire in the Australasian landscape and the origins and evidence that underpins the use of prescribed fire. (1.9 MB)

Review of Best Practice

Provides a detailed account of prescribed burning practices considered to be examples of best practice. (10.8 MB)

Training Competencies and Delivery Review

Investigates and recommends preferred options for an approved suite of competencies and the delivery of national training programs. (6.8 MB)

Capability Optimisation Review

Assess the current capability and reports on options to improve capability through shared resources. (5.0 MB)