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Report name
Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season - Phase 1
Lead agency
DELWP - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Due date
December 2020
IGEM considers that this action has been implemented
Recommendation theme
Recommendation 8: Fuel management reporting
Recommendation details

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.

Summary of progress

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 (External link)

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).