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On 14 January 2020 the government announced an independent inquiry into the 2019-2020 Victorian fire season would be conducted by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management.

Conducted over 18 months, the Inquiry concluded with delivery of the Inspector-General's second and final report to government on 30 July 2021.

Through this Inquiry, IGEM examined Victoria’s preparedness for the fire season, response to fires in large parts of Victoria's North East, Gippsland, and Alpine regions, and reviewed relief and recovery efforts.

Community visits in December 2022

The Inquiry identified a range of opportunities for improvement to how Victoria prepares, responds, and recovers from emergencies.

Through December 2022 communities are invited to catch up with Inspector-General Tony Pearce to hear and share information about how Victoria is working towards being better prepared for emergencies.