Weather and emergency warnings
Staff must check weather forecasts and emergency warnings for the location in the days leading up to the excursion and on the day the excursion commences. If the activity extends overnight, staff must access weather forecasts and warnings daily and monitor and assess the weather throughout, and be prepared to cancel, modify or relocate at any time.
Weather warning telephone services
- Coastal, Land Weather and Flood Warnings on
- Full State Telephone Weather Service on (call charge applies)
- Coastal Waters Telephone Service on (call charge applies)
- Australian Tsunami Threat Information (1300 TSUNAMI)
- VicEmergency Hotline (Includes bushfire information)
Weather and warning forecasts should be obtained from the Bureau of Meteorology. Staff using mobile apps to obtain this information are responsible for checking the source of the apps data.
Fire danger or ban
When planning excursions in bushfire prone areas or in areas surrounded by grassland, schools are advised to regularly monitor forecast fire danger ratings for that fire weather district.
On days determined Code Red by the Emergency Management Commissioner, all excursions in the fire weather district determined Code Red must be cancelled.
In the days leading up to activities in or around bushfire prone areas, schools must regularly check the forecast fire danger rating. If the forecast fire danger rating is identified as severe or extreme, or a total fire ban has been declared, then Principals must reassess the excursion risk assessment and can seek advice if required from regional emergency management staff about whether the excursion should be cancelled. Please see the for information regarding fire bans and fire danger ratings. Additional information can be obtained by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on .
If an excursion is not cancelled, alternative lower risk activities may be required, depending on the location.
Schools must ensure they consider the risk of bushfire or grassfire at the excursion location when conducting their risk assessment and developing their emergency management plan. Schools can be guided by the Department's
Reviewed 25 November 2020