The Inspector-General's first progress report on the Victorian Government’s implementation of recommendations and actions in response to the 'Review of 10 Years of reform in Victoria’s emergency management sector' and the independent 'Inquiry into 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season'
10 Year Review
This progress report also looks at the government's implementation of actions in response to IGEM’s Review of 10 Years of reform in Victoria’s emergency management sector, completed in December 2019. The review considered the sector as a whole, and the significant program of reforms introduced in the 10 years since the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.
It made five recommendations relating to risk management, community preparedness, recovery, outcomes frameworks, and capability and capacity.
All of these recommendations were accepted by government through a commitment to 26 response actions.
Fire Season Inquiry
The 18 month independent Inquiry into 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season looked at the State’s preparedness for and response to that devastating event, commonly referred to as Black Summer. The fires had, and continue to have, a massive impact on communities and the environment across Victoria's North East, Gippsland, and Alpine regions.
This is IGEM’s first progress report on the Victorian Government’s implementation of actions in response to the Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season: Phase 1 – Community and sector preparedness for and response to the 2019–20 fire season (Phase 1 report), delivered in July 2020.
The Phase 1 report made 17 recommendations for improvement all of which were accepted by government through a commitment to 113 response actions.
This report shows the progress the State has achieved in terms of learning from the 2019–20 fire season and making improvements in response, as well as how it is enhancing Victoria’s emergency management arrangements through initiatives in response to the 10 Year Review. It provides an assessment of implementation of reforms for the period to June 2021.
In terms of implementation progress against the 139 response actions to both of these reports, 48 actions are now complete, 75 actions are in progress, 10 actions are closed with no further activity planned, and six actions are yet to commence.
As many key initiatives are by their nature longer-term foundational pieces of work currently in the early stages of development, this report will be the first in a series of progress reports tracking reform in Victoria’s emergency management arrangements in the wake of the 2019–20 fire season.
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Implementation monitoring of 'Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria's emergency management sector' and 'Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season – Phase 1’ - Progress Report - 2021 was published on 14 April 2022.
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