Community members affected by the 2019–20 Victorian fire season are encouraged to share their views and experiences with written submissions to Phase 2 of the independent Fire Season Inquiry.

Phase 2 focuses on the effectiveness and progress of relief and recovery activities and arrangements during and after the 2019-20 fire season, with the following 'matters for consideration':

  • effectiveness of immediate relief and recovery work and arrangements, including at the regional and incident levels
  • creation of Bushfire Recovery Victoria, the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and how these entities work together for the benefit of affected Victorian communities, including consideration of long-term efforts directed at social, economic (including small business, tourism and agricultural sectors) and environmental recovery
  • effectiveness of how roles and responsibilities for recovery have been divided between Emergency Management Victoria and Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

As well views on the 'matters for consideration', the Inspector-General 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. 

The Inspector-General also recognises the added challenges the coronavirus emergency (External link) is having on bushfire recovery, and encouraged individuals and communities to share these impacts during the engagement process.

 Submissions addressing the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference 'matters for consideration' for Phase 2 can be made through: