Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management

The University of Melbourne

This program meets an urgent need to equip professionals working in bushfire related fields with world's best practice skills in planning for developments and managing and responding to fire risk in urban fringe areas and forest ecosystems. There are two specialist streams: Bushfire Planning: developed for people who have a role in either the design or regulation of development in a bushfire environment such as planners, building surveyors, engineers or architects. This stream will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to complete bushfire assessments under prescriptive requirements and for planning permit applications within bushfire management overlay areas. Bushfire Management: developed for environmental scientists, natural resource managers and bushfire consultants and will qualify students for specialist fire management positions within the forest and natural resource sectors. In this stream students will study specialised subjects that cover biodiversity, ecosystem processes, climate change implications for bushfire risk mitigation, and community natural resource management including engagement and negotiation skills.

Course Fee:

Australian: $15,488
International: $19,728

Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 65%; or an undergraduate degree in any area including at least 25 points in one or more of biology, chemistry, mathematics or statistics, or equivalent, and with a weighted average mark of at least 65%; or an undergraduate degree in any area and a Graduate Certificate in Environment with a weighted average mark of at least 65% in the certificate; or a two-year associate degree or diploma in a relevant discipline, at least five years' relevant professional experience, and an appropriate level of performance on a test conducted by the selection committee to confirm generic skills necessary for successful study in the program.


50 points - consists of the core subjects Bushfire and Climate (FRST90025) and Bushfire Planning and Management (FRST90017), plus two further 12.5 point subjects according to stream (Planning or Management).

Subjects you can Study:

Bushfire management; Bushfire planning

Study Pathways:

The program entitles graduates 50 points credit towards the coursework Graduate Diploma and the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science (200 points), each of which enables progression to Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Further information:

Most subjects taught in 10-day blocks at Parkville or Creswick campus.


Graduates are eligible to apply for accreditation under the Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) scheme administered by FPA Australia (Fire Protection Authority Australia).

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Fire Protection Technician,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Creswick No info No Part time 1 year
Creswick No info No Full time 0.5 year
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