The State Fire Management Council (SFMC) is established under Section 14 of the Fire Service Act 1979 (Tasmania), please click here for the terms of reference.
It is an independent body that has the responsibility of providing advice to the Minister and the State Fire Commission about the management of vegetation fire across Tasmania, particularly in the areas of prevention and mitigation of fires. It also formulates and promulgates policy in relation to vegetation fire management within Tasmania in relation to bushfire fuels and mitigation.
The primary function of the SFMC is to develop a State Vegetation Fire Management Policy that is used as the basis for all fire management planning.
The SFMC also advises and reports to the Minister for Police and Emergency Management on matters that relate to the administration of the Act as it applies to vegetation fire management. The Minister may also ask the SFMC to perform other functions relating to the prevention or extinguishment of vegetation fires.
This includes the development of a strategically managed fuel reduction program, designed to mitigate the risk of catastrophic vegetation fires in Tasmania.
SFMC may also provide advice to the State Fire Commission on matters relating to the prevention and extinguishment of vegetation fires.
This website contains statewide policies, guidelines and manuals. It also has information and links to support Fire Management Area Committees, as we work together as a community to manage bushfires in Tasmania.