The Inspector-General for Emergency Management will report annually on departments’ and agencies’ work implementing actions committed to by Victorian Government in response to IGEM’s Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria’s emergency management sector and Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season – Phase 1 and Phase 2 reports.

This implementation monitoring activity is at the request of the Victorian Government and is being conducted under section 64(1)(ca) of the Emergency Management Act 2013.

IGEM will deliver these monitoring reports annually by November with arrangements for their public release at the discretion of the Minister for Emergency Services.

Victorian Government response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (2020)

The Victorian Government supports the intent of all recommendations arising from the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (External link) and acknowledges the long-term opportunities arising from the Royal Commission’s findings.

The government also notes the overlap in reform priorities identified in both the Royal Commission report and recent IGEM reviews and inquiries.

As an immediate priority, Victoria will focus its efforts on implementing actions arising from IGEM’s Review of 10 years of emergency management sector reform and Phase 1 of its Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season.

This recognises the immediate opportunities for improvement within Victoria, and once implemented will provide a solid foundation for the reforms recommended in the Royal Commission’s final report (External link).

Find out more about Victoria’s response to the Royal Commission and implementing the IGEM’s Review of 10 years of reform and Fire Season Inquiry (External link).

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.