Strategic assessment of Fire Management Policy for lands under the care and control of the South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation
On 15 January 2010, the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, and the South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation, entered into an agreement to conduct a strategic assessment of fire management policy for lands under the care and control of the South Australian minister.
The assessment will be done in accordance with section 146 of the national environment law- the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Fire management policy is comprised of the fire management policies and procedures set out in Attachment C to the agreement.
Why undertake this strategic assessment?
Lands managed by the South Australian Government have significant environmental, social and economic values, including matters protected under national environment law. To ensure that those values and matters are protected from the risk of implementing inappropriate fire management practices, a strategic assessment will be done to identify, avoid and manage those risks.
Draft Terms of Reference
The Australian and South Australian governments have agreed to draft assessment Terms of Reference (ToR). Those ToR have been released for public comment, with comments due to the South Australian Government by 7 April 2010. Following receipt of comments the South Australian Government will revise the ToR, taking into account those comments, and report to the Australian Government minister, who may then approve the revised draft ToR. The approved ToR will guide preparation of the strategic assessment report.
The assessment agreement sets out the process for assessment, endorsement of the fire management policy, and approval of activities taken under the endorsed policy.
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