Bush Fire Post Event Reviews and Inquiries

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1927

New South Wales

 

1939

Victoria

 

1961

Western Australia

 

1967

Tasmania

 

1977

Victoria

 

1983

New South Wales

 

1984

Victoria

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1994

New South Wales

 

2000

New South Wales

        • NSW Rural Fire Service Inquiry 2000
          Timeline, report, hearings and transcripts. This inquiry is a completed Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5 The terms of reference for the inquiry related to the adequacy of fire suppression services provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service to rural communities in NSW

Queensland

 

2001

New South Wales

 

2002

Victoria

 

2003

Australian Capital Territory

Nationwide

Victoria

        • Report of the inquiry into the 2002-2003 Victorian bushfires
          The Inquiry into the 2002-2003 Victorian bushfires was established to look into all aspects of the preparations for, and response to the fires, and in particular to identify opportunities to learn from them and further improve Victoria's fire management capability - prevention, mitigation and response.

 

2004

Nationwide

New South Wales

 

2006

Australian Capital Territory

 

2007

Western Australia

 

2008

Victoria

 

2009

Victoria

        • 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
          The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was established on 16 February 2009 to investigate the causes and responses to the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in late January and February 2009.

Western Australia

        • Bridgetown Complex Post Incident Analysis (WA), 2009
          This PIA addresses the period from Thursday 15th January to Tuesday 20th January 2009 and incorporates three fires that occurred during that time and were managed as a complex of fires. The fires involved are Blackwood Fire 23 (Peninsula Fire), Blackwood Fire 24 (Hester Fire) and Blackwood Fire 26(Ferndale Fire).
        • Review of Western Australia’s Bushfire Preparedness (WA), April 2009
          On 12 February 2009, in light of the Victorian event, the Premier requested the Director General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, to undertake a review of Western Australia‘s bushfire preparedness and to report to Cabinet on the findings
        • Major Incident Review of Toodyay Fire December 2009, WA - Final Report
          The Fire & Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA) commissioned a Major Incident Review(MIR) of the Toodyay Bushfires of 29 December 2009. Noetic Solutions Pty Ltd (Noetic) was contracted by FESA to undertake this Review.

 

2010

Western Australia

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2011

Queensland

Victoria

        • Fire Services Commissioner review of Community Bushfire Warnings, Victoria, 2011
          Consultants Molino Stewart Pty Ltd conducted a review for Fire Services Commissioner – Victoria to gather data and evidence of best practice in order to identify and introduce improvements that ensure the community bushfire warnings system delivers the best possible outcome to the community.
        • Review of the February 2011 Tostaree Fire, Victoria
          The Tostaree fire was the most significant bushfire experienced in the 2010-11 Victorian fire season and since the February 2009 fires. The fire tested many elements of these new arrangements in the 2009 Victorian Command and Control Arrangements.

Western Australia

        • Major Incident Review: Lake Clifton, Red Hill and Roleystone Fires 2011.(WA)
          The Major Incident Review (MIR) was commissioned by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA) to identify strengths and weakness in the operational response to three major bushfires in January and February 2011.
        • Inquiry - Perth Hills Bushfire 2011 - A Shared Responsibility report
          The inquiry was conducted by Mr Mick Keelty APM AO. The inquiry had regard to all aspects of bushfire risk management in the Perth hills area.
        • The Margaret River Bushfire Review, 2011
          Following the Margaret River bushfire of November 2011, the Government commissioned Mr Mick Keelty AO to examine and report on the causes of the fire. 'Appreciating the Risk: Report of the Special Inquiry into the November 2011 Margaret River Bushfire' was tabled in Parliament on 23 February 2012 and, in addition to accepting all of the recommendations, the Government announced additional measures to improve bushfire risk management.
        • Post Incident Analysis for Blackwood Fire 8 –Ellensbrook- Gnarabup, 23/24 November 2011 (WA)
          On the morning of the 23 November 2011, two fires in the same region of Western Australia escaped containment lines of prescribed burns conducted by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). Together, these fires are referred to as Blackwood Fire 8.
        • Post Incident Analysis for Blackwood Fire 11 –Milyeannup-Sollya, 23 November TO 5 December, 2011 (WA)
          On 23 November 2011, the Milyeannup-Sollya fire, referred to as Blackwood Fire 11 escaped from a prescribed burn conducted by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). After the fire’s escape, it burned over 50 000 hectares before being extinguished on 5 December 2011. The Department of Premier and Cabinet commissioned Noetic Solutions Pty Limited (Noetic) to conduct a Post-Incident Analysis of the fire
        • Western Australia's Readiness for the 2011-12 Bushfire Season, 2011
          The Committee began this Inquiry after the community discussion which followed the tabling in Parliament of A Shared Responsibility: Perth Hills Bushfires February 2011 Review. It was concerned to report to Parliament before the beginning of the 2011-12 bushfire season as to whether the main State agencies were better prepared than during last year’s season, and on how many of the Keelty Report’s 55 recommendations have been implemented.

 

2012

Western Australia

        • Major Incidence Review Black Cat Creek Fire, 2012 (WA)
          A Major Incident Review (MIR) for the Black Cat Creek Fire that occurred on the 12 October 2012 in the Local Government district of Albany, Western Australia was initiated by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services in partnership with the City of Albany and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, formerly the Department of Environment and Conservation.

 

2013

New South Wales

Queensland

        • The Malone Review into the Rural Fire Service (QLD), 2013
          The scope of this Review was to make recommendations for rural fire services in Queensland that bring greater autonomy for rural fire brigades, greater efficiency within the Rural Fire Service and less red tape, while limiting risks for staff and the community.

Tasmania

        • 2013 Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry
          The Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry was established to inquire into the fires, with a focus on three fires known as the Forcett, Bicheno and Lake Repulse fires.
        • AFAC Audit-Review The Tasmania Fires of January 2013
          In early January 2013, at a time of record-breaking temperatures across the Australian continent and in Tasmania, multiple bushfires broke out in the period 3-5 January.The Tasmania Fire Service invited AFAC to carry out a review of the management of these fires, and a small team of senior staff from interstate fire agencies, supported by the AFAC office in Melbourne, prepared this Audit-Review document in February to April 2013.

Victoria

 

2014

Queensland

Victoria

Western Australia

 

2015

South Australia

Victoria

        • 2015 Lancefield-Cobaw fire investigation - outcome
          The Lancefield--Cobaw Croziers Track planned burn was conducted in the Macedon Ranges Shire, Victoria in Spring 2015. It breached containment lines and an independent investigation was held.
        • December 2015 Wye River/Separation Creek post-bushfire building survey findings - CSIRO Report EP16924.
          On 19 December 2015, lightning ignited a bushfire in the Otway Ranges National Park near Lorne. Over 100 houses were lost in the Wye River and Separation Creek Region. Following the Wye River fire event the CFA commissioned CSIRO to perform a review and commentary of surviving and destroyed houses in Wye River and Separation Creek with the aim of identifying factors that led to the loss, damage and survival of houses and to illustrate these factors by citing examples from the fire footprint.
        • 2015 Review of the initial response to the 2015 Wye River - Jamieson Track fire, Inspector-General of Emergency Management.
          Between 19 December 2015 and 21 January 2016, the bushfire that became known as the Wye River – Jamieson Track fire burned 2500 ha in the Otway Ranges in the Lorne-Wye River region. By the end of 25 December, the fire had destroyed 98 houses in Wye River and 18 in Separation Creek. On 5 January 2016 the Minister for Emergency Services requested the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) report on the learnings to date from the Wye River – Jamieson Track fire.

Western Australia

        • Major Incident Review of the Esperance district fires, WA, 2015
          The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) engaged the Nous Group (Nous) to conduct anindependent major incident review (MIR) of the Esperance district fires, including the Cascades, Merivale and Cape Arid complex fires, which occurred in November 2015.
        • Major Incident Review of the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan Fires, WA, 2015
          The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) engaged the Nous Group (Nous) to conduct an independent major incident review (MIR) of the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan bushfires occurring in January and February of 2015, WA. The response to these incidents was jointly managed by DFES, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (P&W) and Local Government resources.
        • AFAC Independent Operational Audit South Australian Fires of January 2015
          The SACFS invited AFAC to conduct an Independent Operational Audit (IOA) of the management of these fires. A small team of senior officers from interstate fire agencies, supported by the AFAC office, prepared this document between February and March 2015.

 

2016

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

 

2017

New South Wales

 

2018

New South Wales

Queensland

        • The 2018 Queensland Bushfires Review .
          State of Queensland Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management report into the effectiveness of Queensland’s disaster management system in preparing for and responding to major bushfires in November – December 2018.

 

2019

Queensland

        • Queensland Bushfires Review 2019-20.
          State of Queensland Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management report provides observations and insights into the September 2019 bushfire events and consolidates recommendations of the 2018 Queensland Bushfires Review.

 

2020

New South Wales

        • 2020 Physical health of police and emergency services workers in NSW, Parliament of NSW
          This inquiry was self-referred on 4 March 2020 that the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety inquire into and report on the physical health of police and emergency services workers in NSW, with particular reference to: how the physical health of police and emergency services workers impacts the performance of their duties, what the physical entry requirements for police and emergency services workers are and identifying areas for improvement, any impacts on workplace management for police and emergency services organisations; and any other related matters
        • 2020 NSW Bushfire Inquiry.
          The NSW Government has commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season to provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season.
        • NSW Bushfire Inquiry Final Report
          The final report of the independent NSW Bushfire Inquiry, which examined the causes, preparation and response to the devastating 2019-20 bushfires.

South Australia

        • Independent review - South Australia 2019/20 Bushfires
          The State Government has announced an independent review will be conducted into the unprecedented 2019/20 bushfire season with a focus on the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek bushfires. The intent of the review is to look into South Australia's preparedness for dealing with significant bushfires and what can be done to mitigate the impact of bushfires on our communities into the future.

Victoria

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