Bushfire Management Procedures

The University’s campuses are known for their beautiful bushland settings, however this does mean that some locations are at heightened risk of bushfire over the summer months.

The University takes the risk of bushfire very seriously and has plans in place to respond to heightened risks or actual bushfire events. During the bushfire season, Assurance Services and Security Services actively monitor the areas surrounding all of our campuses, 24/7, to mitigate the bushfire risks.

The University operates with a specialised Bushfire Management Plan to assist in making decisions regarding the response to bushfire risks. The Plan is used in conjunction with advice from NSW Rural Fire Services, the Bureau of Meteorology and where applicable, NSW Government warnings.

When it is determined that there is a risk to your safety or security and the Critical Incident Team asesses that there is an unacceptable risk to people’s safety, a decision may be made to close or evacuate the campus. If this decision is made, you will receive communications on what to do.

There's a bushfire near my campus - what should I do?

The Assurance Services and Security Services teams actively monitor bushfires near all our campuses.

If there is a bushfire near the campus, the Critical Incident Team will assess the safety and security risks and make an informed decision on whether to close or evacuate the site. If there is a decision to close or evacuate the campus, you will be notified by various channels which includes SMS, email, the University web pages, social media channels or local radio / TV. Alerts and updates will be posted to the University’s website which will provide the most up-to-date advice.

You can also stay up-to-date via the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me website and listen to local ABC radio stations, or the University radio 2NURFM.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.