To ensure the Inquiry considers the views and experiences of the Victorian community before, during and after the fires, the Inspector-General will offer communities opportunities contribute.

Under Phase 2 of the Inquiry, currently views and experiences can be provided by joining a community meeting, making a submission, providing a one-on-one interview or joining a focus group. 

As further opportunities for community participation under Phase 2 are confirmed, we will publish details on this website, and promote through our Twitter (External link) our Facebook (External link) accounts, community recovery hubs, and local media outlets.

 

Join a community meeting

Community members are invited to provide feedback on the delivery and effectiveness of recovery activities 12 months since the fires through attending a  local meeting or drop in for a cuppa-and-chat.

For details and to register, click on a meeting:

Orbost - 15 February, 6.00pm 

Orbost - 16 February, 10.00am - Small business owners/operators

Mallacoota - 16 February, 6.00pm

Genoa - 17 February, 10.00am

Bruthen - 26 February, 10.00am

Walwa - 1 March, 6.00pm

Corryong - 2 March, 10.00am

Porepunkah - 2 March, 6.00pm

 

Make a submission

Individuals and organisations are invited to provide submissions, addressing the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference and matters for consideration, through:

Online submissions (External link) can be provided in Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Filipino, Italian, Persian, and Vietnamese, in addition to English.

Submissions relating to Phase 1 of the Inquiry can continue to be provided, however these will inform an addendum to the Phase 2 report.

IGEM is accepting submissions until 10 March 2021.

 

Provide an interview

IGEM is offering interviews with people affected by the 2019–20 bushfires in Victoria’s East Gippsland and North East regions, as one way to provide feedback to the Inquiry.

Through the interviews IGEM will be able to hear peoples’ specific feedback on topics relating to bushfire relief and recovery.

Interview format

Interviews will be held by telephone or online, at no cost to interviewees.

Generally the interview will be one-on-one, although some people may wish to be interviewed with their partner, spouse or adult householders.

Interviews will take approximately an hour; will be recorded and then transcribed. 

Interview participants will receive a copy of the transcript to check.

A copy of the transcript will be treated as a submission to the Inquiry.

The section 'How we use the information you provide' on this page explains how we use and protect personal information gathered during this Inquiry.

Register your interest

If you are interested in participating in an interview, please register your details through our online form (External link) or call the Inquiry’s Community Engagement Advisor on 0409 249 054 to arrange a time which is suitable to you.

 

Join a focus group

IGEM is using focus groups as one way of helping fire-affected communities provide feedback to the Inquiry.

Holding focus groups will help IGEM to find out about topics that specifically relate to bushfire relief and recovery.

Therefore these groups will be relevant to people who have been directly affected by 2019-20 fires in Victoria’s East Gippsland and North East regions.

Each focus group will involve up to 10 people all living, working, or connected to a similar location.

Register your interest

If you are interested in joining a focus group, please register your details through the online form (External link) or call the Inquiry’s Community Engagement Advisor on 0409 249 054

How we use the information you provide

 

About sharing your views and experiences

To make sure the Inquiry considers the views and experiences of the community before, during and after the fires, the Inspector-General invites individuals and organisations to share their views and experiences addressing the Terms of Reference / 'matters for consideration'.

The Inquiry is being conducted over two phases: Phase 1 - preparedness and response (completed 31 July 2020); Phase 2 - relief and recovery arrangements.

To help inform the Phase 2 report, IGEM is gathering feedback about:

  • the effectiveness of the emergency relief and initial recovery activities (first six months after the fires)
  • the progress and effectiveness of recovery activities in the medium term (12+ months after the fires)

Your experiences

In addition to the Inquiry’s ‘matters for consideration’, IGEM would like to hear from individuals and organisations about: 

  • how the 2019-20 Victorian fires affected you 
  • what worked well in the delivery of emergency relief and recovery activities during the first 6 months
  • what did not work as well as you would have expected or preferred
  • your suggestions for improvement. 

We understand that views and experiences may change over time, and that communities now have the added challenge of the coronavirus emergency (External link) during their bushfire recovery. We encourage individuals and communities to share these impacts during the engagement process. 

The more views and experiences the Inspector-General hears, the more informed he will be to make recommendations that - if implemented - will bring better outcomes for Victorians. 

Read about IGEM's use of relief and recovery in this Inquiry.

 

How we treat submissions and information gathered through the Inquiry

 

  • Your submission will become property of the Inspector-General for Emergency Management
  • With your permission, submissions may be published on the website igem.vic.gov.au
  • Let us know if your submission is to remain anonymous and/or confidential
  • You do not need to provide any identifying information unless you want to
  • Personal details and sensitive information will be removed from published submissions unless you ask for your name to be published
  • The Inspector-General for Emergency Management will not publish submissions if it believes that the submission material is (or could be) defamatory, offensive, contravenes anti-discrimination or anti-vilification legislation or is outside the scope of the terms of reference
  • Material provided is made public subject to the rights of the copyright owner. No material should be reproduced or otherwise published without the prior consent of the relevant copyright owner

 

  • The Inspector-General for Emergency Management may publish, quote or summarise information provided by you in the Inquiry reports
  • The Inquiry reports will be provided to the Victorian Government
  • None of our reports include any identifying information