Anyone Wanting To Defend Their Home From a Bushfire Threat Needs To Know This:
THE LAW SPECIFICALLY ALLOWS YOU TO STAY.
Neither police nor fire officers (at least in Victoria) have a legal right to order anyone
to leave a threatened or burning premises if they have any monetary interest in it.
This, of course, includes renters who own anything within the property.
Such persons cannot legally be forced to evacuate.
Kinglake, Victoria, Black Saturday, 2009. (Picture (c) Katherine E. Seppings)
The Emergency Services Legislation 2012 and The Country Fire Authority Act
that give police & fire officers power to order
‘withdrawal’ from ‘land, building or premises
that is burning or threatened by fire’
‘any person having any pecuniary interest therein or in any goods or valuables