In Phase 2 of the Inquiry IGEM has evaluated the relief and recovery efforts activated before, during and after the fires. IGEM makes a series of observations and findings related to both relief and recovery, and proposes 15 recommendations to government.

This Summary Report is drawn from the report Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season – Phase 2 – Progress and effectiveness of Victoria’s immediate relief and recovery arrangements.

It comprises:

  • the Inspector-General’s message
  • executive summary of the Phase 2 Inquiry report
  • a listing of the 48 observations, 111 findings and 15 recommendations
  • community reflections on relief and on recovery

The Fire Season Inquiry - Phase 2 Summary Report is available from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can view as a flipbook (External link).

Government's response

On 14 October 2021 the Victorian government responded to IGEM’s Phase 2 Inquiry Report, accepting all 15 recommendations.

IGEM now monitors and reports on implementation of these recommendations, consistent with its monitoring of the Inquiry’s Phase 1 recommendations.

Through IGEM’s reports and related reviews and inquiries, the Victorian Government has committed to a program of reform to Victoria’s emergency management sector that will strengthen resilience before, during and after emergencies.

Read the government response from (External link)

Inspector-General for Emergency Management
Inspector-General for Emergency Management
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