Review of Western Australia’s Bushfire Preparedness (WA)
Government of Western Australia

Recommendations for this Inquiry

INQ-ref REC-UID CODE SubCode SrcNUM Recommendation
INQ173 REC173-0100 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 1

The prioritising of the critical amendments to the Bush Fires Act 1954 recommended by the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee that relate to fire management, ie: a. Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA)‘s ability to assume control of a fire in specific circumstances b.

INQ173 REC173-0101 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation 2

The prioritisation, by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), of bushfire preparedness activities including updating WESTPLAN - BUSHFIRE and coordinating bushfire exercises prior to the 2009/10 bushfire season.

INQ173 REC173-0102 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 3

That further amendments be made to the Bush Fires Act 1954 be drafted to provide fire response agencies with the necessary authorisation and statutory protection to respond to a fire on private property, or land that Local Government, Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) or FESA is re

INQ173 REC173-0103 A - Responsibility 24 - Govt responsibility 4

That the Minister for Emergency Services consider the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer, Department of Environment and Conservation as a member of the State Emergency Management Committee.

INQ173 REC173-0104 B - Preparedness 1 - Land-use and building regs 5

That FESA assess the cost and other implications of proposed changes to bushfire prone zone declarations which would allow the whole State to be declared bushfire prone.

INQ173 REC173-0105 A - Responsibility 19 - Offences 6

That the Department of the Attorney General, in consultation with FESA and Western Australia Police (WAPOL), consider options for legislative amendments to extend criminal liability to all damage, injury or death directly caused by arson.