INQ247

Recommendations for this Inquiry

INQ-ref REC-UID CODE SubCode SrcNUM Recommendation
INQ247 REC247-0901 C - Response 11 - Evacuation and shelters 53

That evacuation centres and other centres have plans and arrangements for electrical power redundancy.

INQ247 REC247-0915 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 67

That Tasmania Fire Service actively uses predictive modelling to design emergency communications for communities threatened by bushfire, unless there is a compelling reason for not doing so.

INQ247 REC247-0916 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 68

That Tasmania Fire Service ensures that the priority on warning communities at risk of active bushfires is not confined to when bushfires are burning out of control.

INQ247 REC247-0917 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 69

That the State Emergency Management Committee makes timely decisions and resource commitments on the appropriate use of social media in emergency management.

INQ247 REC247-0918 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 70

That the State Emergency Management Committee makes arrangements to actively manage the use of social media in the community during an emergency, to avoid negative consequences for emergency operations.

INQ247 REC247-0919 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 71

That Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police review their use of modern forms of communication with the community, including social media, and commit resources to fully use this capability where appropriate.

INQ247 REC247-0920 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 72

That Tasmania Fire Service reviews its approach to communicating with communities threatened by bushfire and consider the matters referred to in this Report.

INQ247 REC247-0921 F - Research and technology 26 - Research 73

That Tasmania Fire Service promotes a structured approach to research across Australia, to provide a shared understanding and the capacity to benchmark and judge performance.

INQ247 REC247-0922 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 74

That Tasmania Fire Service develops a research base from which to inform the design of communication campaigns for communities threatened by bushfire.

INQ247 REC247-0923 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review 75

That a process be established for the timely implementation of approved recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

INQ247 REC247-0924 E - Agency Organisation 16 - Training and behaviour 76

That an exercise program — to establish and maintain an acceptable state of readiness for agencies and organisations required to be involved in emergency operations — be developed and implemented.

INQ247 REC247-0914 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 66

That the Tasmanian Emergency Management Plan includes a comprehensive all hazards communications policy and plan.

INQ247 REC247-0913 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 65

That the State Fire Commission structures its Tasmania Bushfire Safety Policy so policy outcomes are identifiable and progress in achieving outcomes can be evaluated.

INQ247 REC247-0912 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 64

That the State Fire Commission finalise its position on the Tasmania Bushfire Safety Policy without further delay.

INQ247 REC247-0902 C - Response 7 - Inter-agency communication 54

That evacuation centres and other centres have a standard operating procedure for communications.

INQ247 REC247-0903 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review 55

That the role of Red Cross in emergency management plans and procedures for the activation of Red Cross be reviewed.

INQ247 REC247-0904 B - Preparedness 10 - Electricity infrastructure 56

That the Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources consult Aurora Energy on the use of wooden poles for overhead infrastructure with a view to mitigating the risk in bushfires.

INQ247 REC247-0905 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings 57

That the Government consider whether it should discuss options for greater mobile phone coverage and redundancy in areas of high risk in emergency situations where there are presently telecommunications limits.

INQ247 REC247-0906 C - Response 18 - Access to fire ground 58

That emergency management plans recognise the need to provide priority access to areas of emergency operations for critical infrastructure providers.

INQ247 REC247-0907 D - Recovery 33 - Relief and recovery 59

That the State Emergency Management Committee ensures that a program of debriefing on recovery issues is completed by all relevant agencies and organisations, and detailed plans and operating procedures are established ready for implementation.

INQ247 REC247-0908 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 60

That the State Emergency Management Committee examine whether there are any legal issues associated with continuing recovery operations where the overarching emergency management arrangements have ceased.

INQ247 REC247-0909 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review 61

That the plans for social recovery be reviewed, and plans and procedures are established ready for implementation.

INQ247 REC247-0910 D - Recovery 33 - Relief and recovery 62

That suitable facilities are established from which to effectively control and coordinate immediate recovery operations.

INQ247 REC247-0911 C - Response 14 - Incident Mgt Teams 63

That emergency management plans specifically include processes and resources for effectively engaging with and using local communities, including volunteers

INQ247 REC247-0925 E - Agency Organisation 16 - Training and behaviour 77

That training and development of personnel to establish a suitable state of readiness, be included in the recommended review by Tasmania Police of its approach to emergency management.

INQ247 REC247-0926 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review 78

That membership of the State Emergency Management Committee, and other processes to link in appropriate agencies and organisations to emergency management, be included in the recommended review of the emergency management arrangements.

INQ247 REC247-0927 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review 79

That an accountability process be established for managing improvement in the emergency management arrangements, including annual State of Readiness Reports by relevant departments and agencies and on the overall emergency management arrangements.

INQ247 REC247-0941 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review 93

That the Strategic Fuel Management Plan includes measurable targets and they are actively monitored and reported on to the community.

INQ247 REC247-0942 B - Preparedness 1 - Land-use and building regs 94

That the Government makes land use planning and building construction to prevent and mitigate bushfire risk a high priority and establishes a means to progress improvements in this area, such as a designated body or group, as soon as possible.

INQ247 REC247-0943 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education 95

That a bushfire community education and information strategy be professionally developed and coordinated across the fire authorities by Tasmania Fire Service.

INQ247 REC247-0944 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education 96

That the State Emergency Management Committee develops and coordinates a whole-of-government community resilience strategy for emergencies in a form that can be practically implemented, as a priority.

INQ247 REC247-0945 C - Response 20 - Role of police 97

That Tasmania Police conducts a review to ensure emergency management is treated as a priority and a core function throughout the organisation, including the development of contemporary capabilities, and is supported by an appropriate culture.

INQ247 REC247-0946 C - Response 20 - Role of police 98

That Tasmania Police establishes a section within its structure with responsibility for developing and maintaining contemporary expertise in emergency management, progressing innovation, assisting organisational change initiatives and supporting its responsibilities in state emergency management

INQ247 REC247-0947 C - Response 20 - Role of police 99

That Tasmania Police develops and implements a program for examining emergency management arrangements and facilities in Australia.

INQ247 REC247-0948 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation 100

That the Department of Justice conduct an independent review to develop a suitable model for integrated and interoperable emergency management arrangements in Tasmania.

INQ247 REC247-0949 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 101

That following any review, the Emergency Management Act 2006 be amended.

INQ247 REC247-0950 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 102

That resources are committed to developing and implementing approved reforms to the emergency management arrangements.

INQ247 REC247-0940 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 92

That the Government actively support the timely development and implementation of an ongoing Strategic Fuel Management Plan.

INQ247 REC247-0939 B - Preparedness 5 - Hazard reduction burns 91

That Tasmania Fire Service conducts a review of the fire permit system in the Fire Service Act 1979, and implements change to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the system by: • considering whether it is appropriate to authorise persons or organisations to conduct fuel reduction burning

INQ247 REC247-0938 B - Preparedness 5 - Hazard reduction burns 90

That Tasmania Fire Service or another suitable agency provides information to the community which shows, in simple form, the legislation applicable to approvals for lighting fires on private property and the various relationships between that legislation.

INQ247 REC247-0928 A - Responsibility 24 - Govt responsibility 80

That the Government take into account demographic change in its assessment of the consequences of climate change on emergency events.

INQ247 REC247-0929 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 81

That the State Emergency Management Committee considers structuring the Tasmania Emergency Management Plan in a way that provides more specific guidance, commitment to and accountability for action to be taken.

INQ247 REC247-0930 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform 82

That the State Emergency Management Committee determine suitable risk management tools, such as the Bushfire Risk Assessment Model, and encourages their use in assessing bushfire risk in a consistent manner.

INQ247 REC247-0931 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation 83

That a specific risk prevention and mitigation advisory body be established for the State Emergency Management Committee.

INQ247 REC247-0932 E - Agency Organisation 37 - Funding 84

That the resources available to the Parks and Wildlife Service, to manage bushfire risk following the recent increase in land under its tenure, is reviewed.

INQ247 REC247-0933 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation 85

That the Government considers whether a peak body should be established, with authority to effectively implement a bushfire mitigation plan.

INQ247 REC247-0934 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation 86

That the State Fire Management Committee considers developing a structured, systemic and proactive bushfire hazard reduction program with municipal councils and Tasmania Fire Service; and advises the Government on any legislative or other changes required to implement such a program.

INQ247 REC247-0935 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation 87

That the State Emergency Management Committee includes in its planning, the development of contingency emergency management plans for areas of high risk due to local conditions.

INQ247 REC247-0936 E - Agency Organisation 16 - Training and behaviour 88

That the State Fire Management Committee note the decline in machinery and skilled operators from the forestry industry in the private sector and determines how this reduction in fire management capability can be addressed.

INQ247 REC247-0937 A - Responsibility 19 - Offences 89

That the legislation and enforcement arrangements are reviewed to ensure there are suitable offences and penalties, investigation and enforcement capabilities, and a rigorous approach is taken to breaches of the law.