Bushfire Response Resources


Rapid Assessment Documents for Fire-Impacted Heritage Places

Australia ICOMOS and Blue Shield Australia have been continuing their efforts to support people impacted by bushfires.

We have updated the Rapid Assessment document that was first prepared in response to the bushfires that occurred early in 2020. The updates have been informed by feedback received by various stakeholders, and the revised document includes guidance on how to use it.

The form within the document has been designed to be completed by council officers or heritage professionals. Links below.

Further feedback on this document is welcome and can be communicated to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat Office by email.

Blue Shield Australia has also published links to guidelines for recovery of various collections, as additional resources.

The Australia ICOMOS Toolkit also has a section on first aid for cultural heritage, risk preparedness and post trauma recovery of heritage.


Resource links from the Australia War Memorial website

Conservation advice: Fire damaged memorabilia: advice for bushfire victims

Conservation advice: Cleaning Soot Damaged Objects

Salvage of Water-Damaged Collections


Australia ICOMOS Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Places (primarily built heritage) damaged by Bushfires – October 2020

Australia ICOMOS has updated the previous Draft Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Places Damaged by Fire, which were prepared as a draft in response to the January 2003 Bushfires in South East Australia.

The AICOMOS Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Places damaged by Bushfires – October 2020 document supercedes the older setof guidelines.


Penguin and CSIRO bushfire safety guides

Essential Bushfire Safety Tips (CSIRO, 2012) (this is an abridged version of the publication below)

The Complete Bushfire Safety Book (Penguin, 2000)