INQ264

Recommendations for this Inquiry

INQ-ref REC-UID CODE SubCode SrcNUM Recommendation
INQ264 REC264-1072 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review Recommendation 1

The State empower and require the Auditor-General or another appropriate agency, to: • oversee the implementation of these recommendations and the commitments made by the State and GDF Suez during this Inquiry; and • report publicly every year for the next three years on the progress made in impl

INQ264 REC264-1088 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 17

GDF Suez adopt and apply the firefghter carbon monoxide response protocol.

INQ264 REC264-1087 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review Recommendation 16

GDF Suez: • practice and ensures that, by taking a risk management approach, it is suitable for fire prevention, mitigation and suppression in all parts of the Hazelwood mine; and review its ‘Mine Fire Service Policy and Code of Practice’ so that it refects industry best • work plan for the Hazel

INQ264 REC264-1086 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review Recommendation 15

GDF Suez: • consequences of fire in the worked out areas of the Hazelwood mine, and an assessment of the most effective fre protection for the exposed coal surfaces; conduct, assisted by an independent consultant, a risk assessment of the likelihood and • controls are in place to eliminate or red

INQ264 REC264-1085 B - Preparedness 10 - Electricity infrastructure Recommendation 14

GDF Suez establish enhanced back-up power supply arrangements that do not depend wholly on mains power, to: • ensure that the Emergency Command Centre can continue to operate if mains power is lost; and • ensure that the reticulated fre services water system can operate with minimal disruption if

INQ264 REC264-1084 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 13

GDF Suez revise its Emergency Response Plan, to: • require an increased state of readiness on days of Total Fire Ban; • require pre-establishment of an Emergency Command Centre; • require pre-positioning of an accredited Incident Controller as Emergency Commander; and • require any persons nomina

INQ264 REC264-1083 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education Recommendation 12

The State, led by Emergency Management Victoria, develop a community engagement model for emergency management to ensure all State agencies and local governments engage with communities and already identifed trusted networks as an integral component of emergency management planning.

INQ264 REC264-1082 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings Recommendation 11

The State review and revise its communication strategy, to: • needed for effective and rapid public communications during an emergency; and ensure all emergency response agencies have, or have access to, the capability and resources • ensure, where appropriate, that private operators of essential

INQ264 REC264-1081 F - Research and technology 26 - Research Recommendation 10

The State should continue the long-term health study, and: • extend the study to at least 20 years; • appoint an independent board, which includes Latrobe Valley community representatives, to govern the study; and • direct that the independent board publish regular progress reports

INQ264 REC264-1080 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 9

The State develop and widely disseminate an integrated State Smoke Guide, to: • incorporate the proposed State Smoke Plan for the management of public health impacts from large scale, extended smoke events; • include updated Bushfre Smoke, carbon monoxide and PM protocols; and 2.5 • provide pract

INQ264 REC264-1079 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 8

The State review and revise the Bushfre Smoke Protocol and the PM Health Protection Protocol, to: 2.5 • ensure both protocols are consistent with each other; and • ensure both protocols include assessment methods and trigger points for specifc responses.

INQ264 REC264-1078 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 7

The State review and revise the community carbon monoxide response protocol and the firefghter carbon monoxide response protocol, to:
• ensure both protocols are consistent with each other;

INQ264 REC264-1077 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 6

The State take the lead in advocating for a national compliance standard for PM

INQ264 REC264-1076 F - Research and technology 13 - Mapping and data quality Recommendation 5

The State equip itself to undertake rapid air quality monitoring in any location in Victoria, to: • collect all relevant data, including data on PM , carbon monoxide and ozone; and 2.5 • ensure this data is used to inform decision-making within 24 hours of the incident occurring.

INQ264 REC264-1075 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 4

The State: • bring forward the commencement date of s.16 of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment Act 2014 (Vic), to facilitate the requirement that approved work plans specifcally address fre prevention, mitigation and suppression; and • acquire the expertise necessary to mon

INQ264 REC264-1074 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 3

The State enact legislation, to: • require Integrated Fire Management Planning; and • authorise the Emergency Management Commissioner to develop and implement regional and municipal fire management plans.

INQ264 REC264-1073 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation Recommendation 2

The State establish, for any future incident, integrated incident management teams with GDF Suez and other Victorian essential industry providers, to: • essential industry providers; and require that emergency services personnel work with GDF Suez and other appropriate • implement the Australasia

INQ264 REC264-1089 C - Response 8 - Communications and warnings Recommendation 18

GDF Suez improve its crisis management communication strategy for the Hazelwood mine in line with international best practice.