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Report name
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season - Phase 1
Lead agency
EMV - Emergency Management Victoria
Due date
December 2020
IGEM considers that this action has been implemented
Recommendation details

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management recommends that responder agencies and Emergency Management Victoria review preparedness arrangements to ensure procedural documentation (including plans), recruitment, briefings and training are completed before significant seasonal events are likely to occur.

Seasonal preparedness should culminate in attestations of assurance to confirm that:
a)    documentation reflects relevant risks and potential impacts
b)    briefings and training schedules have been tailored and delivered according to seasonal influences
c)    recruitment strategies enable the engagement of adequate numbers of appropriately skilled personnel for the entire season.


Before the 2020–21 bushfire season, EMV will release an updated Emergency Risk in Victoria report, confirming the highest priority risks in Victoria.

Summary of progress

In November 2020 EMV published an updated Emergency Risks in Victoria report, which is available on EMV's website: emv.vic.gov.au/publications/state-emergency-risk-assessment-reports/emergency-risks-in-victoria-july-2020 (External link)

The report contains information on significant emergency-related risks in Victoria and the arrangements in place to manage them. 

Refer to 10 Year Review Action 2.1 on page 33 of IGEM's 2021 progress report for further details.