Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Bushfire Framework Review as endorsed by Cabinet in 2019;



 Changes to the NCC 2019:

AS 3959-2018 Construction of Buildings in bushfire areas and   introduction to the ABCBs Bushfire Verification Method 

Fri 21st Feb 2020

Hyatt Regency Hotel 

99 Adelaide Tce, Perth 

8.30am - 4.30pm 

Cost : ADEB price (early bird ) $295pp

Price after 15th Feb $350pp  

CPD points can be accrued 

Includes Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea 

 Certificates of Attendance provided

Tables of 8 available 

Bushfire Framework Review 2019 - Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage


In response to concerns raised by the community, local governments and other stakeholders about the 2015 bushfire reforms, the Minister for Planning in cooperation with the Minister for Emergency Services requested that Dr Tony Buti MLA undertake a review of the bushfire policy framework to examine the effectiveness of the policy. 

Dr Buti’s report – Bushfire Planning and Policy Review: A Review into the Western Australian Framework for Planning and Development in Bushfire Prone Areas – made a number of recommendations for the bushfire policy framework. The Government has responded to these by setting out an action plan of how to optimise the planning and building process while considering bushfire risk to the community.

Loretta Van Gasselt, Manager of Policy,  will present on the Bushfire Framework Review as endorsed by Cabinet in 2019;

-    Position Statement; Planning in Bushfire Prone areas Demonstrating Element 1: Location and Element 2: Siting and design. This statement will provide clarity and guidance for planning proposals in an area with a bushfire hazard level (BHL) of extreme and/or where the lot(s) is impacted with a bushfire attack level (BAL) rating of BAL-40 or BAL-Flame Zone (BAL-FZ)

  • Proposed changes to the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas;

  • Review of the State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas and review of the Guidelines.

  • Position Statement: Tourism Land Uses in Bushfire Prone Areas


AS3959-2018 and an introduction to the ABCBs Bushfire Verification Method adopted in NCC 2019


This presentation will include; 

  • Changes to the NCC 2019 that references the new AS 3959-2018 Construction of Buildings in bushfire areas

  • Site assessment changes including slope and vegetation aspects

  • Construction requirements, specific changes to be introduced to the construction of buildings including lower BAL requirements

  • New Verification Method. How to use the new verification method for bushfire, utilising a simple and complex method.

  • Real fire weather examples to be explored within the jurisdiction 

  • What is the building industry's role in the certification phase for the assessment of buildings in bushfire areas?


This session will detail all changes that builders, designers and certifiers must know in order to comply with the NCC 2019 changes including AS 3959-2018 from the 1st May 2019. 


Loretta van Gasselt is the Planning Manager of Land Use Planning Policy teams at the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage. 

One of the teams Loretta manages is the Bushfire Policy Team whose role is to provide advice on policy implementation and review and develop new land use planning policy to guide development in bushfire prone areas across the state. 

Loretta Van Gasselt 

Dept of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Dr Douglas has spent more than 25 years engaged in bushfire related matters, was employed by the NSW Rural Fire Service for 16 years and has been researching and developing policy in the areas of land use planning and construction practice for bushfire prone areas.


He has been involved in the development of AS3959 and is a member of the Standards Australia Committee FP-020 which is reviewing AS3959. He has assisted a number of States and councils including NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and in Western Australia in the development of planning and building practice for bushfire protection. He is currently contracted to Western Sydney University as Academic Course Advisor for the post-graduate bushfire protection program, a role he had held for 5 years.


He has a PhD in bushfire protection under the influence of climate change and has published numerous papers on bushfire protection, planning and construction practice including on AS3959 and the bushfire verification method.

Dr Grahame Douglas 

University of Western Sydney 

Who Should Attend?

  • Builders

  • Architects

  • Bushfire Consultants

  • Building Surveyors

  • Building Designers 

  • Emergency Planning Professionals

  • Local Government 

  • Emergency planning professionals 


Certificates of Attendance Provided. CPD  = 6 hours 

ADEB is licensed by the Australian Building Codes Board to conduct NCC Tutorials  


Parking is available at a special price of $15 for delegates in the car park underneath the Hotel.


Please enter the gate using the ticket on entry and the $15 ticket option can be validated at registration

Call 1300 667 709 should you have any enquiries or email