Under provisions of the Emergency Management Act, arrangements for the release of the Inspector-General's Fire Season Inquiry reports are at the discretion of the Minister for Emergency Services. 

 

Phase 1 - Community and sector preparedness and response

On 31 July 2020, Inspector-General Tony Pearce delivered his report to government on Phase 1 of the independent Inquiry. 

The report - Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season: Phase 1 – Community and sector preparedness for and response to the 2019–20 fire season - was tabled by leave in Parliament (External link) on 18 September 2020.

On 14 October 2020, the Victorian Government responded to the Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season: Phase 1 Report, accepting all 17 recommendations.

In addition, the government also released and responded to the Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria's emergency management sector, accepting all five recommendations.

The Fire Season Inquiry - Phase 1 Report should be read in conjunction with the 'Review of emergency management sector reform' as its recommendations are relevant to the findings of the Inquiry and are referenced throughout the Phase 1 report.

Victorian Government implementation plans

The Victorian Government publishes its progress with implementing IGEM's recommendations (External link).

Implementation plan – IGEM Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria's emergency management sector report

  • provides progress updates (External link) on the 26 actions outlined in the government response to IGEM's five recommendations.
  • was first released on 30 July 2021 and will be updated twice annually. 

Implementation plan – IGEM Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian bushfire season: Phase 1 report

  • provides progress updates (External link) on the 113 actions outlined in the government response to IGEM's 17 recommendations
  • was first released on 30 July 2021 and will be updated twice annually. 

IGEM's implementation monitoring

IGEM will report annually on departments’ and agencies’ work implementing actions committed to by Victorian Government in response to the Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria’s emergency management sector and Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season – Phase 1 report.

 

Phase 2 - Relief and recovery arrangements

On 30 July 2021 Inspector-General Tony Pearce delivered his ‘Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season ­- Phase 2’ report to government.

On 14 October 2021 the report - Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season: Phase 2 – Progress and effectiveness of Victoria’s immediate relief and recovery arrangements - was tabled by leave in Parliament and the Victorian Government responded accepting all 15 recommendations (External link).

Delivery of this second and final report concludes the Inspector-General’s independent Inquiry.