Phase 1 - Sector and community preparedness and response

Work under Phase 1 has concluded

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

On 14 October 2020 the Victorian Government responded to the Fire Season Inquiry Phase 1 report, accepting all 17 recommendations.

This report should be read in conjunction with the Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria’s emergency management sector as its recommendations are relevant to the findings of the Inquiry and are referenced throughout the Phase 1 report.

Read the government's response to both IGEM reports from (External link)


Phase 2 - Emergency relief and recovery arrangements

The Inquiry is now in Phase 2, focusing on relief and recovery.

IGEM acknowledges that for many people recovery can be a long-term process, and is undertaking its community engagement in two stages:

  • During the first stage IGEM will gather feedback about the effectiveness of the emergency relief and initial recovery activities (first six months after the fires).
  • During the second stage, IGEM gather feedback on the progress and effectiveness of recovery activities in the medium term (12+ months after the fires).

Under this phase community feedback was invited through to 30 March 2021.

The Inspector-General will provide their second Inquiry Report into the effectiveness of progress with relief and recovery arrangements to government by 31 July 2021.

The government will work with IGEM to allow timings of the inquiry to be adjusted to ensure its engagement with emergency management agencies will not impact current response efforts.