This is the Inspector-General for Emergency Management's (IGEM) second and final progress report on the Victorian Government’s implementation of the recommendations from the Review of response to the thunderstorm asthma event of 21-22 November 2016  (External link).

The report finds that of the four ongoing recommendations monitored in the 2019 report, three have been completed and one has been closed. 

IGEM now considers that all recommendations arising from the review have either been completed or closed. In total, 14 of the 16 recommendations have been fully implemented. Two recommendations were closed (not fully implemented) with no further activity planned.

Key achievements include:

  • DHHS' finalisation of outcome measures for the management of health emergencies.
  • a Real-time Health Emergency Monitoring System Stakeholder View Web Module now available to State Control Centre support staff to strengthen broader situational awareness of the public health system.
  • EMV's consultation with key stakeholders to better understand issues with sharing health or personal information during emergencies.

IGEM will continue to monitor the early notification process to broader emergency management sector senior stakeholders regarding a developing incident, where appropriate, as part of future IGEM reviews. 


The Implementation of Recommendations from the Review of response to the thunderstorm asthma event of 21-22 November 2016 - Progress Report - 2019 was published on 18 June 2019.

Inspector-General for Emergency Management
Victorian Government
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