About David Peterson

Supported by a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons1) and a Graduate Diploma in Design for Bushfire Prone Areas, David is a BPAD Level 3 accredited practitioner under the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) accreditation scheme.

David Peterson is an expert in planning and designing developments in bushfire prone areas. He has been consulting in this field since January 2003 and left a senior role in a large consultancy mid–2015 to form Peterson Bushfire to focus on the aspects he enjoys most about consulting—client relationships, designing solutions and achieving project goals.

David first became interested in bushfire protection during an environmental science cadetship with Wollongong City Council in the late 1990’s. He assisted Council in the adjustment to modern-day bushfire protection legislation and facilitated the management of bushfire risk across Council’s reserves. After a secondment with NSW Rural Fire Service David moved into consulting, leading a team and delivering projects Australia-wide for over 12 years.

Known in the industry for his excellent working relationships with clients and government agencies, David is now a technical leader in bushfire protection and a trusted advisor to a large client base.


Peterson Bushfire works with private and government clients within the urban development, infrastructure, defence and mining sectors. The client base ranges from large developers, government agencies and corporations to smaller planning/architectural firms and home owners. Within a typical working day Peterson Bushfire will be assisting a home owner gain approval for their new deck alongside designing an alternate solution for a large developer responsible for a new suburb.


Peterson Bushfire is based on the NSW Central Coast and services projects Australia-wide. David has a large client base throughout the Sydney metropolitan area which includes the Illawarra and Hunter, and is regularly requested to work on projects in other regions of NSW and interstate.


Peterson Bushfire is supported by a collaboration of like-minded technical consultants to assist in the delivery of your project, if required. These include bushfire planners, GIS analysts and ecologists.

Key Services

Preparation of bushfire assessment reports for all development types

Preparation of BAL certificates

Specialist in assessments for the insurance industry Australia-wide

Certification of construction plans and built-form including AS 3959

Preparation of protection and risk plans for existing assets and infrastructure

Provision of technical advice Trusted advisor

Designer and certifier of alternate solutions

Representation to Councils and NSW Rural Fire Service

Bushfire prone land mapping updates for Councils

BAL mapping for Councils and developers

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