This is the first progress report prepared by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) on the implementation progress of the recommendations and associated actions from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Since his appointment in 2010, Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor, Mr Neil Comrie AO, APM produced a total of four progress updates on implementation actions in relation to the Royal Commission recommendations. In his final report tabled in August 2014, he advised that implementation of 56 of the 67 recommendations was complete.
Following the conclusion of Mr Comrie’s appointment in 2014, the Victorian Government asked IGEM to monitor recommendations and related actions from the 2009 Royal Commission reported as ‘ongoing’ in his 2014 annual and final report.
As detailed in this first annual report, of the 21 actions previously reported by Mr Comrie as ongoing, IGEM has identified eight actions that are now complete and two that have been closed.
IGEM also considers the emergency management sector to be making satisfactory progress towards completing the implementation of the remaining seven recommendations and 11 actions.
The IGEM 2015 Progress Report was tabled in Parliament on 8 October 2015.