Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property

Bushfire Zone Planning

Bushfire Assessment

Parts of the existing Macquarie University Campus are within identified and designated bush fire prone areas, namely the Sports Fields and the Fauna Park.

A Designated Bush Fire Prone Area means land that:

  • Has been designated under legislation
  • Has been identified under an environmental planning instrument, development control plan or in the course of processing and determining a development application.


Under NSW planning legislation, any development on bush fire prone land must be accompanied by a Bush Fire Assessment Report demonstrating compliance with the aim and objectives of Planning for Bush Fire Protection and the specific objectives and performance criteria for the proposed land use.

A Bush Fire Assessment Report is to be prepared by an appropriately qualified consultant for any new buildings on the campus.

The Report is to include:

  • A review of the vegetation in the area around the proposed building site
  • A site risk assessment
  • Recommendations for building design, demonstrating compliance with Australian Standard (AS) 3959 - Building in a Bush Fire Prone Area.


Map: Bushfire Zone

Bushfire Assessment