25 February 2020

Community views to inform Victoria’s 2019–20  Fire Season Inquiry

Community members will help inform the Inquiry into the 2019-20 Victorian Fire Season through dedicated meetings in coming months.

Inspector-General for Emergency Management Tony Pearce is leading the Inquiry, which is examining preparedness for and response to the State’s fire season, and will also consider:

  • effectiveness of emergency command and control, and Victoria’s operational response
  • effectiveness of the declaration of a State of Disaster
  • timeliness and effectiveness of activation of Commonwealth assistance and resource availability
  • state evacuation planning and preparedness process and practices
  • effectiveness of immediate relief and recovery work and arrangements, and the creation of Bushfire Recovery Victoria, and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, and how they work together.

Mr Pearce encourages all Victorians to contribute to the Inquiry, particularly those who have experienced recent bushfires in Victoria’s North East, Alpine, and Gippsland regions.

“It’s important for the Inquiry to gather a range of experiences and views, and some of the most important information will come from communities in the fire-affected areas,” he said.

“I encourage anyone who is keen to share their experience regarding bushfire preparedness and response to do so through any of the multiple avenues open for people to provide their views.”

To ensure the Inquiry considers the views and experiences of Victorians before, during, and after recent bushfires, community meetings will be held in the following locations:


  • Bairnsdale
  • Corryong
  • Mallacoota
  • Ballarat
  • Craigieburn
  • Melton
  • Bemm River
  • Dandenong
  • Mildura
  • Bendigo
  • Geelong
  • Morwell
  • Bonang
  • Harrietville
  • Omeo
  • Bruthen
  • Healesville
  • Orbost
  • Buchan
  • Horsham
  • Portland
  • Cann River
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Wangaratta
  • Colac
  • Longwarry


















Mr Pearce will also visit all other fire-affected areas throughout March and April to provide local opportunities for community members to provide their views and experiences to the Inquiry.

“In addition to attending a community meeting, individuals and organisations can contribute their opinion or share their personal experiences through submissions addressing the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference.”

Information on the Inquiry, its Terms of Reference, attending community meetings, or making a submission, is available from igem.vic.gov.au/fire-season-inquiry