CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS IN FIRE PRONE AREAS (2009)

8/12/2015

The State Government will shortly be releasing further information about its implementation of recommendations from 'A Shared Responsibility: The Report of the Perth Hills Bushfire February 2011 Review’, prepared by Mick Keelty AO (The Keelty Report).

The bushfire reforms rely heavily on the use of Australian Standard AS 3959 - Construction of Building in bushfire prone areas (2009, incorporating amendments Nos 1, 2 and 3). The standard will be used to help inform certain planning and building decisions in designated bushfire prone areas. It sets out the process for determining the level of potential bushfire attack that a building may be exposed to, known as a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL), and contains provisions for the design and construction of buildings, appropriate to the BAL.

To assist the community with the implementation of the bushfire reforms and to improve access to the Standard, the Building Commission is providing a one-off hard copy version of AS3959 - Construction of Buildings in bushfire prone areas (2009). - HERE

Further information about the bushfire reforms will be announced by the State Government Shortly. At that time updated information will also be provided on the websites of:

·         Department of Planning (www.planning.wa.gov.au)

·         Department of Fire and Emergency Services (www.dfes.wa.gov.au) and

·         Building Commission division of Department of Commerce (www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission)