Phase 1 of the Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season considers preparedness for and response to fires in large parts of Victoria's North East, Gippsland, and Alpine regions.

This Summary Report is drawn from the report Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian Fire Season – Phase 1 – Community and sector preparedness for and response to the 2019–20 fire season

It comprises the Inspector-General’s message, executive summary; and includes the 66 observations, 36 findings and 17 recommendations in identifying good practice and opportunities for continuous improvement.

The Fire Season Inquiry - Phase 1 Summary Report is available from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can view as a flipbook (External link).

Government's response

On 14 October 2020 the Victorian Government responded to the Fire Season Inquiry Phase 1 report, accepting all 17 recommendations.

IGEM's Phase 1 report should be read in conjunction with the Review of 10 years of reform in Victoria’s emergency management sector as its recommendations are relevant to the findings of the Inquiry and are referenced throughout the Phase 1 report.

Read the government's response to both IGEM reports from (External link)


Inspector-General for Emergency Management
Inspector-General for Emergency Management, Victorian Government
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