Management of fire, and the lands and waters in our care
Management of fire, and the lands and waters in our care

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is responsible for the care of more than 31 million hectares of parks, reserves and forests across Western Australia. These are managed to protect plants, animals and ecosystems, working in partnership with Aboriginal people to conserve culture and heritage. We also connect people to natural areas, providing safe, environmentally-responsible and inspiring experiences for the thousands of people that visit each year. 

We have a strong focus on protecting communities and assets from bushfire, responding quickly and effectively to bushfires on, or near, department-managed land and using prescribed burning to manage fuel loads and minimise bushfire risk.

We have a strong regional presence throughout the State and our staff are in regular contact with neighbours. The activities of the department and its neighbours can impact each other, so it is mutually beneficial to maintain respectful relations. Access our Good Neighbour Guideline for more information on how we approach this.

Park management

Western Australia’s conservation lands and waters extend over more than 31 million hectares.

Fire management

We are responsible for managing fire in forests, parks, nature reserves and other lands that we manage.

Marine management

Western Australia’s coastline spans more than 13,500km and is home to some of the world’s most remarkable ecosystems and marine wildlife.

Forest management

Western Australia has close to 18 million hectares of forests and woodlands, including jarrah, karri, remnant rainforest and the Great Western Woodlands.
Page reviewed 18 Dec 2019