September 16-18, 2020

Registration for virtual event is now open

A live event will be added if safe to do so. See below for more info.


Following the unprecedented 2019/20 bushfire season, the 2020 Bushfire Building Conference is shaping up to be a crucial event for researchers, planners and building industry professionals.

The theme in 2020 is “Stronger & Smarter: Lessons Learnt

This year the 6th annual Conference will be going ahead as a one-day virtual conference, with a live 1.5 day event in the Blue Mountains to be added if such events are allowed by September.

 We encourage you to register now for the virtual conference on September 17, and express your interest in a live event should it go ahead. This will help us greatly in planning for the 2020 event – perhaps the most important yet.

How we’re planning around COVID-19

  • It’s never been more important to bring Australia’s bushfire & building professionals together so we’re using the latest virtual conferencing technology to make the event happen
  • The Conference will go ahead as a one-day virtual event on September 17 at reduced cost ($200 + GST)
  • If conditions allow, we will also hold a live, 1.5 day event on September 17/18 at normal cost ($380 + GST)
  • We encourage you to register for the virtual event now and advise us if you would attend a live event should it become possible, to enable us to plan accordingly
  • If we are able to hold a live event, you can pay the additional $180 + GST to attend, or choose to attend the virtual conference only. 
  • The live event will have an optional Field Trip and BPAD round-table on September 16, plus social activities and networking opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual conference?

First of all, it’s not like a Zoom meeting! A virtual conference uses a dedicated online conferencing platform to give delegates and speakers an enhanced, highly interactive conference experience:

  • Speakers present on video with supporting presentations
  • Delegates can interact with questions and comments
  • Interactive discussion groups focus on topics of interests
  • Virtual exhibitions connect suppliers and delegates
  • Online social events provide networking opportunities

Virtual conferences are happening now all over the world and we’re excited to be bringing this one to you. Find out more about how the virtual Bushfire Conference will work here >

What technology do I need to attend the virtual conference?

The Conference will be delivered in a web browser environment. You will be required to log into the online event on a PC or Mac, or a phone or tablet with a web browser.

A webcam and microphone are optional but required if you wish to communicate with voice or video during interactive sessions.

Will the virtual event still go ahead in addition to a live event if it eventuates?

Yes, the one-day virtual event will still take place for those who cannot travel to the conference. 

If we are able to hold a live event, it will become a ‘hybrid’ conference, with the live sessions accessible to virtual attendees and fully interactivity for all participants via the virtual conferencing platform.

When will the program and speakers be announced?

We will keep you updated whenever we have any new developments. 

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Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

To find out about sponsoring the Australian Bushfire Building Conference or exhibiting at the Conference or Community Day if they are able to go ahead, please contact:

Agnes Zalan

Phone: 0418 147 831

About the Australian Bushfire Building Conference


The Australian Bushfire Building Conference is an annual event for industry professionals who have a focus on building in bushfire-prone areas.

It brings together builders, architects, designers, landscapers, bushfire consultants, certifiers, planners, researchers, regulators and insurers with a range of sessions, workshops, field trips and social events to help Australia build a better, stronger and more resilient community.

The event is presented by Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), a not-for-profit organisation for economic development in the Blue Mountains.


In 2013 the Blue Mountains suffered from tragic losses as a result of bushfires. In response, BMEE organised the first Bushfire Building Conference, held in 2015.

In 2016, BMEE was the winner of the NSW Resilient Australia Award (Business), presented by the NSW government, and won the Economic Development Australia Award in the event category for its work on the Bushfire Conference. This success, coupled with the industry feedback the first Conference received, ensured the Conference would become an annual event. The 2020 Conference will be the 6th annual event.

Community Day

Each year the Conference has been accompanied by a free public Community Day which includes a public Forum, Marketplace/Expo and lots of family-friendly activities. The goal of the Community Day is to engage, inform and inspire members of the community to take action to help keep their homes, families and neighbourhoods bushfire-safe.