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Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas



04 December


On Campus (Sydney)


5 days


5 x 8 hrs

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Lead Presenters

Mark Chladil

Mark Chladil
Fire Management Planning Officer

Mark Chladil has spent 28 years in at the Tasmania Fire Service where he has been responsible for developing and implementing development controls for bushfire-prone areas. He was a member of the Standards Committee responsible for AS3959 from 2001 to 2022 and participated in drafting the 2009 and 2018 editions of AS3959.

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Colin Wood

Colin Wood
Building & Compliance

Colin holds degrees in Building and Environmental Health, a Master's Degree in Building Surveying and a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Design. He is a practising Environmental Health and Building Surveyor with over 35 years experience in both Local Government and Private Practice.

Colin is currently the Section Manager of Building & Compliance at Shoalhaven City Council.

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This course will cover the critical essentials for designing, planning and building in bushfire prone areas. It will enable participants to understand the legislation, planning and design principles that protect property and human life from bushfires.

About this course

This Bushfire Prone Areas course explores the relevant requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Rural Fires Act 1997 and AS 3959 (Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas). This course will cover the essentials for designing, planning, and building in bushfire prone areas.

For classes offered in Tasmania, the course will explore the relevant requirements of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993, Building Act 2016, Fire Service Act 1979, and AS 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

This course is categorised as a short course on UTS Open however it meets the National Microcredentials Framework definition of a microcredential. Within the UTS Open site, we use a narrower definition of microcredentials as courses that align with subjects that form part of University of Technology Sydney award course structures. UTS Open short courses do not usually earn potential credit toward future postgraduate study, however there may be exceptions.

Course structure

During this course you will cover legislation, planning and design principles, as well as aspects of bushfire behaviour and management in detail. You will learn about statutory requirements and protection measures, as well as analysing and problem-solving in relation to bushfire protection measures and acceptable solutions. Sessions are designed to build knowledge, provoke discussions and encourage critical thinking.

Topics covered in Sydney include:

  • Bushfire behaviour
  • A multi-faceted approach to bushfire protection
  • Provisions of the Environment and Planning and Assessment Act and Rural Fires Act
  • 'Planning for Bushfire Protection' manual
  • Biodiversity considerations
  • Undertaking bushfire assessments: Application of Seniors Living SEPP
  • Using covenants
  • Legal issues and cases
  • Requirements of AS 3959 (Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas)
  • Designing safe and attractive buildings in bushfire prone areas.

Topics covered in Tasmania include:

  • Bushfire behaviour.
  • A multi-faceted approach to bushfire protection
  • Provisions of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act and the Fire Service Act
  • Requirements of the Bushfire-Prone Areas Code planning directive and the Director’s Determination - Bushfire Hazard Areas as well as the National Construction Code
  • Biodiversity considerations
  • Undertaking bushfire assessments
  • Using covenants
  • Legal issues and cases
  • Requirements of AS 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas
  • Designing safe and attractive buildings in bushfire prone areas.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand bushfire behaviour and approaches to protection of property and human life
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the legislative frameworks and contexts
  • Apply an understanding of the current status of planning for bushfire-prone areas in NSW
  • Identify and assess issues in bushfire protection and regulation.
  • Conduct bushfire assessments
  • Consider issues related to biodiversity
  • Identify key elements in case studies and best practice.


To complete this course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom. 

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for planning and development professionals, particularly those in local government, requiring the necessary skills and understanding to apply the relevant requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Rural Fires Act 1997 and AS 3333959 (Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas).

Book a session

Mon 04 Dec 2023 -
Fri 08 Dec 2023
Expert: Mark Chladil, Colin Wood
  • UTS City Campus (TBC)
  • On Campus (Sydney)
  • 5 sessions, 40 hours total

Enrolments close 9am Monday 4 December 2023 AEDT or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first.

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UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.