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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
June 2021
IGEM considers that this action has been implemented
Recommendation theme
Recommendation 9: Appropriateness of the current residual risk target
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 collaboration with the Country Fire Authority and local government – undertake a review of the current residual risk target to ensure that it remains contemporary in terms of its designated percentage value.


The review should:
a)    involve engagement with land and fire management agencies; public authorities; private organisations; individuals and any other stakeholders with a role in fuel management
b)    define a pathway to expanding the residual risk target to apply to all methods of fuel management, with the expansion of the target to apply across all organisations with a legislated responsibility for fuel management
c)    become part of a program of review of the State's land and fuel management policy occurring on a regular basis and not exceeding a five-year cycle.


DELWP will deliver a new spatial dataset (to underpin bushfire risk modelling) that provides enhanced understanding of asset location by June 2021.

Summary of progress

DELWP has developed a spatial dataset to provide an enhanced understanding of asset location and account for the risk and potential losses to a range of properties, such as agricultural businesses and houses (refer to Action 7.1 on page 79 of IGEM's 2021 progress report). 

On 3 August 2021 IGEM observed an online demonstration of the spatial dataset.