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Fire management planning on farms involves protecting your assets and your people.

Landowners and farm managers have a legal responsibility for the safety of all people living, working or visiting their properties.

Farmers and landowners in bushfire risk areas have a particular responsibility to prepare for bushfire. Having a written plan is the best way to do this.

Grain harvesting and paddock operations need to be suspended when the Grassland Fire Danger Rating (GFDI) exceeds 35. The Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide (PDF400k) provides guidance and a table for calculating the local GFDI using the local weather readings.

If you’re a primary producer, you might be eligible for tax deductions for fire preparedness and prevention expenses you incur. A fact sheet published by the Australian Taxation Office talks you through what you can and can’t claim. Some examples of deductions you can claim might include quick fill pumps, lightweight water tanks for utility vehicles or fire protection sprinkler systems in sheds. Download Fire preparedness and prevention expenses for primary producers [PDF 229KB] for more information.

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