Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program
School campuses listed on the Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) (Categories 0 to 3) receive funding under the department’s Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program (BPVP) in recognition of their higher risk.
BPVP funding is provided for essential bushfire vegetation clearance works undertaken prior to the annual bushfire season. A condition of BPVP funding is that eligible BARR schools must demonstrate appropriate planning for bushfire mitigation by ensuring they have a basic vegetation management plan (VMP) in place (or equivalent).
Over the course of a 3-year rotation, all eligible BARR schools will be visited by a VSBA funded, qualified bushfire planning and design practitioner and provided with a 3-year VMP tailored for that school.
School sites listed on the BARR that have been de-staffed or deemed surplus by the department must also meet BPVP guidelines, with this responsibility assumed by the relevant region or in the case of surplus sites, the department’s Property, Land and Regeneration Unit.
Reviewed 30 March 2023