As a tourism operator, it is essential for you to have a Bushfire Action Plan for your business. As part of your duty of care, it is important that you make a reasonable effort to protect, educate and advise your guests about possible fire situations and what they are to do in the event of a fire.
Once you have a Bushfire Action Plan in place, everyone who works at or visits your business should be aware of your emergency management procedures.
Planning is a continuous process. To be effective in an emergency, plans must be regularly checked, tested and updated as conditions in your business and environment change.
In your current Bushfire Action Plan, you must consider the NEW Fire Danger Ratings, which now include details and recommended action for "Catastrophic" fire days. The new fire danger ratings take into account the weather conditions as well as the amount, type and dryness of the surrounding vegetation to calculate a more accurate fire danger rating.
There are now two distinct fire ban districts; ‘grassland’ and ‘forest’. The district you operate in will assist to determine the level of risk and the number of catastrophic fire days in your area.
The following information will assist you with your own bushfire planning:
For more information please visit the Country Fire Service website.