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Bushfire Education

Developed by the Victorian Government in response to the findings of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, these Bushfire Education webpages provide teaching and learning resources to support bushfire education in primary schools and secondary schools. The teaching and learning resources are grouped under four themes: learning about, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from bushfires. All teaching and learning activities have been aligned to the relevant areas of the Victorian Curriculum F–10. Read more about the Bushfire Education resource.

For further information and support on implementing Bushfire Education into the Victorian Curriculum, please contact the VCAA Victorian Curriculum F–10 Unit.


Learning about bushfires
Fire danger rating today

Learning about bushfires explores what is essential to know about fire, what causes bushfires, and how they behave in the Australian environment.

Preparing for bushfires
school kids picking up leaves

Preparing for bushfires outlines the steps individuals, families and the community can take to prepare for the bushfire season and minimise risk.

Responding to bushfires
Fire trunks responding

Responding to bushfires explores the nature of the danger bushfires pose, and the recommended strategies for staying safe when bushfires threaten.

Recovering from bushfires
a baby kangaroo

Recovering from bushfires includes the experiences of those who have been directly affected by bushfires, and how individuals and communities recover after a bushfire event.


Important contacts

In an emergency – call triple zero (000)

VicEmergency is a centralised website for Victorians to find emergency information and warnings. You can also access preparedness and recovery information related to emergencies

VIC Emergency map

VicEmergency Hotline – call 1800 226 226

Quick links

Country Fire Authority (CFA)
CFA is a volunteer- and community-based fire and emergency services organisation. Its website includes emergency services and non-emergency fire prevention activities, including educational resources for teachers and schools.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
With Parks Victoria, DELWP manages fire in Victoria's 7.6 million hectares of public land (about one third of the State). DELWP also provides other resources, starting with the 'Safer Together' program.

Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV)
FRV is a modern fire and rescue service that meets the needs of 21st-century Victoria and provides emergency services as well as fire prevention activities, including education programs for schools.

Parks Victoria
Parks Victoria administers the national parks in Victoria, which include education centres at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Dandenong Ranges National Park and Kinglake National Park. All education centres offer bushfire education programs on the impact of fire on plant and animal diversity, fire risk assessment, post-fire recovery and firefighting strategies.

Links to other resources
Find links to other fire prevention agencies, including Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies, as well as a wide range of resources to support teaching and learning activities on the Bushfire Education Resources page.