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 Police and 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 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.
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.