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As our fire season becomes hotter and longer, it’s vital we build houses that can withstand these conditions.

This course is ideal for professionals working in bushfire planning, design or advisory services who want to conduct bushfire assessments of residential properties and deliver building recommendations to contribute to creating more fire-resilient structures.

Learning in this course is mapped to Australian Standard AS3959:2018.

Perform topographic analyses and assess vegetation

Explore how to assess vegetation type using desktop research and perform topographic analysis using GIS. Learn to assess a site based on regional fire weather differences using online data.

Recommend alternate building approaches

Undertake desktop assessments of bushfire exposure. Develop alternate approaches for a building site based on vegetation and slope.

Conduct a property assessment

Learn to apply a basic property assessment using the Australian Standard AS3959:2018. You'll document a bushfire assessment of three residential properties and include the measurements and calculations used to determine property exposure.

Report on your findings and recommendations

Gain the knowledge needed to provide recommendations for a residential building based on the AS3959 assessment. Report on your findings in a clear concise manner and provide recommendations on alternative plans and the construction standards required.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Trent Penman

Professor in Bushfire Behaviour

Trent is a bushfire risk modeller interested in all aspects of bushfire management. Over the last ten years, his research has combined fire simulation with risk research methodologies such as Bayesian Networks. Trent is currently leading a project that will develop a fire regime simulation tool.

Dr Alex Filkov

Senior Fire Behaviour Research Fellow

Alex researches the fundamental aspects of ignition and combustion. He collaborates with researchers around the globe to understand the behaviour of fire and firebrands, the performance of materials, and the properties of fuels. He's currently using emerging technologies to uncover the mechanisms that drive dynamic behaviour in wildfires.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Building in Bushfire Prone Lands series

This series explores how effective building design can make living in fire-prone landscapes more sustainable, and provides a comprehensive understanding of how buildings respond to bushfire in a planned environment.

It has been developed in consultation with The Fire Protection Authority Australia (FPAA) and aims to equip you with the skills to apply for Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) 1 accreditation.

The series also provides a pathway into our Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Behaviour and Planning. See course details for more information.

Explore more from the Building in Bushfire Prone Lands series:


For individuals

To take Assessment of Bushfire Exposure as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1489.99 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Apr 16, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Assessment of Bushfire Exposure, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

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17 April – 21 May 2023

Registration closes Apr 16, 2023

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