The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (or the single entity referenced in Recommendation 4) – in conjunction with legislated fuel management organisations – develop a common set of objectives, metrics and reporting requirements for fuel management that form part of a compulsory regime that enables the Victorian Government to report publicly on a holistic fuel management program.
The reporting requirements should:
a) apply to all organisations with a legislated role in fuel management; across public and private land (all land tenures); and at all levels – state, regional and municipal
b) include residual risk where appropriate – however, complementary metrics should be developed if residual risk cannot be determined.
DELWP will release its 2019-20 fuel management report by December 2020.
FFMVic released its Managing Victoria’s bushfire risk: Fuel management report 2019–20, in December 2020. It is the eighth annual report of Victoria’s fuel management program on public land, and is available at ffm.vic.gov.au/fuel-management-report-2019-20
DELWP is engaging with legislated fuel managers to identify additional existing data that can be incorporated into the 2020–21 fuel management report (refer to Action 8.2).