INQ318

TitleLong
Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season: Summary Report Phase 1 - Community and sector preparedness for and response to the 2019-20 fire season
INQAuthor
Tony Pearce, Inspector-General for Emergency Management
InquiryType
DisasterType
State

Recommendations for this Inquiry

INQ-ref REC-UID CODE SubCode SrcNUM Recommendation
INQ318 REC318-4170 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation Recommendation 1

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that responder agencies and Emergency Management Victoria review preparedness arrangements to ensure procedural documentation (including plans), recruitment, briefings and training are completed before significant seasonal events are likel

INQ318 REC318-4185 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation Recommendation 16

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria works with the emergency management sector and relevant emergency management entities in New South Wales and South Australia to identify and address key cross border operational and resource management is

INQ318 REC318-4184 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation Recommendation 15

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria collaborate with the emergency management sector to develop a capacity model that considers current and future:
a) career and volunteer emergency management personnel requirements

INQ318 REC318-4183 F - Research and technology 13 - Mapping and data quality Recommendation 14

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria – in consultation with relevant agencies – develop a system to manage personnel and asset deployments to all tiers of incident management to meet the needs of the emergency and support the health and well

INQ318 REC318-4182 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review Recommendation 13

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria – in partnership with agencies engaged in state, regional and incident control centres:

INQ318 REC318-4181 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review Recommendation 12

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria – in collaboration with the emergency management sector and as part of the emergency management planning reforms:

INQ318 REC318-4180 C - Response 11 - Evacuation and shelters Recommendation 11

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Victoria Police – in collaboration with the community and the emergency management sector – reflect on events of the 2019–20 fire season to review and enhance evacuation plans and processes with consideration of:

INQ318 REC318-4179 C - Response 15 - Inter-service cooperation Recommendation 10

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria – in accepting that emergency management is a ‘shared responsibility’ - collaborate with the emergency management sector and community to:

INQ318 REC318-4178 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review Recommendation 9

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (or the single entity referenced in Recommendation 4) – in collaboration with the Country Fire Authority and local government – undertake a review of the current residual risk ta

INQ318 REC318-4177 A - Responsibility 38 - Agency/Department Reporting Recommendation 8

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (or the single entity referenced in Recommendation 4) – in conjunction with legislated fuel management organisations – develop a common set of objectives, metrics and reporting r

INQ318 REC318-4176 F - Research and technology 26 - Research Recommendation 7

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (or the single entity referenced in Recommendation 4) lead the development and distribution of evidence-based land and fuel management tools for use by all legislated fuel manage

INQ318 REC318-4175 B - Preparedness 4 - Fire season preparation Recommendation 6

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (or the single entity referenced in Recommendation 4) – supported by other organisations with a legislated responsibility for fuel management – plan for and increase the applicat

INQ318 REC318-4174 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education Recommendation 5

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (or the single entity referenced in Recommendation 4) – with support from all legislated fuel management organisations for public and private land – lead a community engagement p

INQ318 REC318-4173 E - Agency Organisation 32 - Doctrine, standards, and reform Recommendation 4

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that in conjunction with Inquiry Recommendation 2, the State establish or assign responsibility to a single body or entity to lead and coordinate the implementation of evidence-based fuel management policy, practice and assurance and repor

INQ318 REC318-4172 F - Research and technology 26 - Research Recommendation 3

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the State support the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (or the single entity referenced in Recommendation 4) and its partners to expand the Safer Together program to:

INQ318 REC318-4171 A - Responsibility 25 - Inquiry, audit, lessons management and after action review Recommendation 2

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the State review (and where necessary amend) legislation including but not limited to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, Forest Act 1958 and Local Government Act 2020 to:

INQ318 REC318-4186 A - Responsibility 9 - Community education Recommendation 17

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that Emergency Management Victoria – in collaboration with the emergency management sector – develops and implements processes to ensure greater dissemination and improved understanding of information for all Victorians, and visitors to Vi