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Review of performance targets for bushfire fuel management on public land

19 November 2015

Government has released its response to the Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s report into Victoria’s fuel management targets, accepting all the report’s recommendations – including a new focus on the greatest areas of risk for fuel management on public land.

Previously, planned burns were driven by a hectare target. Going forward Victoria will become more sophisticated in the way we manage planned burning and put local communities first. This response addresses key recommendations in Murray Carter’s report.

The response builds on the Inspector-General’s recommendations by setting a new direction for integrated bushfire management across Victoria. Key changes include:

  • introducing a risk reduction target to fuel management on public land from July 1 2016, to lower the impact of a major bushfire on lives and properties of Victorians by nearly a third
  • fire and land management agencies partnering with locals to find the most effective mix of actions to reduce bushfire risks and impacts for communities
  • greater partnerships between CFA experts and residents in planned burns across private land
  • fire agencies partnering with other agencies and communities to manage bushfire risk across public and private land in the highest risk areas – where it makes sense

The new direction, to be implemented over the next five years, seeks to ensure that fire and land managers and community work as one to reduce bushfire risk. This will lead to safer communities, thriving rural economies and healthy environments for current and future generations.

Read the Victorian Government media release: Government responds to Lancefield and sets out future of planned burning

21 May 2015

Government has released the Review of Performance Targets for Bushfire Fuel Management on Public Land by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management.

The review makes four recommendations for the way forward in Victoria’s fuel management, including a shift away from a hectare-based fuel reduction target to a risk-reduction target, which is also the same view of the Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor.

Government will now begin consultation with communities and stakeholders, including fire management agencies, before making a decision on the recommendations later this year.

Information on the report and consultation process is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at www.delwp.vic.gov.au

1 May 2015

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) has completed the review of performance targets for the future bushfire fuel management program on public land.

The report has been submitted to government for its consideration.

24 March 2015

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) is currently reviewing performance targets for the future bushfire fuel management program on public land.

Due to the high number of submissions the IGEM has received in relation to this review, Mr Pearce has requested an extension of time in order to thoroughly assess the information that has been provided.

Mr Pearce will now provide his report back to government by the end of April.

17 February 2015

The Victorian Government has asked the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) to conduct a review of performance targets for the future bushfire fuel management program on public land.

In conducting the review, IGEM is examining a risk-based approach to bushfire fuel management against the existing hectare-based performance target program, and will consider:

  • the intent of Recommendation 56 of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
  • the commentary and findings of the Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor
  • other relevant reports and expert opinion
  • written submissions from individuals and organisations with expertise and knowledge of bushfire fuel management on public land.

The review will support the future delivery of the most appropriate bushfire fuel management program that reduces the risk of bushfire to people, property and the environment, with the overarching priority being the protection of human life.

Read the Victorian Government media release: Ministers request Review of Bushfire Fuel Management Approach

 

Accessing the report

On 21 May, government released the Review of Performance Targets for Bushfire Fuel Management on Public Land by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management.

Information on the report and consultation process is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at www.delwp.vic.gov.au

Submissions to the review

On 17 February 2015, the Victorian Government asked the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) to conduct a review of performance targets for the future bushfire fuel management program on public land.

As part of its requirement to make recommendations to government, IGEM considered submissions from individuals and organisations with expertise and knowledge of bushfire fuel management on public land.

Submissions are published in alphabetical order by submitter's surname with organisation name where appropriate. The submissions are available from the links below:

Written submissions - A to C

Written submissions - D to G

Written submissions - H to K

Written submissions - L to M

Written submissions - N to R

Written submissions - S to Z

Information on published submissions
  • The views expressed in the written submissions are those of the individuals and organisations and are not the views of IGEM or the Victorian Government. IGEM disclaims all liability for any such views, comments or other non-departmental content provided.
  • Some submissions or parts of submissions may not be available due to size, format or content. Information that is potentially defamatory, offensive, contravenes anti-discrimination or anti-vilification legislation or is outside the scope of the review’s terms of reference has not been published.
  • IGEM treats all submissions as public documents unless agreed otherwise. This means that in all but exceptional cases, submissions will be published on the IGEM’s website. They may also be cited in the report produced by IGEM.
  • Material provided is made public subject to the rights of the copyright owner. No material should be reproduced or otherwise published without the prior consent of the relevant copyright owner.
  • The name and town or suburb of each submitter will be identified as part of every published submission. Other contact details not in the public domain have been removed before publishing.
  • Submissions are published in PDF format. If you require a submission’s content in an accessible format such as large print or audio, please telephone IGEM on (03) 8684 7900
About submissions to the review

 1 May 2015

The Inspector-General Mr Tony Pearce, has provided his report on the 'Review of performance targets for bushfire fuel management on public land' to government.

Submissions to the review will be published on this website shortly. 

Written submissions closed on Friday 13 March 2015.

Individuals and organisations with expertise and knowledge of bushfire fuel management on public land were encouraged to contribute through written submissions addressing the following areas:

  • the form of performance targets for bushfire fuel management on public land. For example, the implementation of a hectare-based target or a bushfire risk reduction target
  • any other complementary measures of performance for bushfire fuel management programs on public land.

IGEM will consider submissions as part of its requirement to make recommendations to government regarding the form of future performance targets for bushfire fuel management on public land. Specifically, the continuation of a hectare-based target or the adoption of a bushfire risk-reduction target, such as that developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as part of its risk-based approach to bushfire management.

How IGEM will use submissions

In relation to this review, the Inspector-General for Emergency Management:

  • will accept written submissions received by mail or email until Friday 13 March 2015
  • will treat submissions as public documents unless agreed otherwise. This means that in all but exceptional cases, submissions will be published on this website
  • will use written submissions in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
  • will consider information related to the review, its scope and line of enquiry. It will not consider information on actual targets - as in actual percentage (%) to be burnt
  • will not publish submissions if it believes that the submission material is (or could be) defamatory, offensive, contravenes anti-discrimination or anti-vilification legislation or is outside the scope of the terms of reference
  • will not automatically contact you in relation to your submission but reserves the option to contact you if required
  • may cite submissions in the report in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

IGEM appreciates the knowledge and expertise of individuals and organisations in contributing to improving Victoria’s emergency management arrangements.