Listing of the National and State/Territory Reviews and Inquiries into the extensive natural disasters of the 2019 / 2020 summer season

The National and State/Territory Reviews and Inquiries into the extensive natural disasters of the 2019 / 2020 summer season are in the process of being publicly released. We have prepared a summary list with URL links to these reports for the members of our MUDRI Network, in 3 sections:

1.Government-led Reviews / Inquiries into the 2019 / 2020 summer season.
The IGEM Vic Phase 1 Report was released on Friday 17 September, 2020. The Royal Commission is due to report by late October. Its Interim Observations and Draft propositions (as listed below) provide an insight into its thinking.

2.Selected analyses of the 2019 / 2020 Summer Season

3.Listings of previous Reviews / Inquiries into Australian Bushfires.
The Disaster Inquiries Database, prepared by the NHBCRC, is a valuable resource providing an extensive collation and analysis of over 300 Reviews / Inquiries of bushfires in the Australian setting. Cole et al provides a structured review and analysis of recommendations from these previous Reviews / Inquiries of bushfires in the Australian setting

We hope that you will find this listing of value in support of your professional and research interests.

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Government – led Reviews / Inquiries into the 2019 / 2020 Summer Season

State / Territory

Agency

Report title and link

Recommendations

Comment

National

Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Royal Commission home page

Interim Observations, no recommendations, released 31 August 2020

Draft propositions by Counsel Assisting, released 3 September 2020

5 Background Papers

4 Issues Papers

Submissions available on-line

Scheduled for final  report 28 October 2020

National

Senate, Finance and Public Administration References Committee

inquiry into lessons to be learned in relation to the preparation and planning for, response to and recovery efforts following the 2019-20 Australian bushfire season.

Submissions  and public hearings available on-line

Submissions and public hearings closed. Scheduled to report by the last sitting day in 2021.

National

CSIRO

CSIRO was tasked in January 2020 by the Prime Minister to deliver an independent study recommending ways in which Australia can increase its climate and disaster resilience, supported by an Expert Advisory Panel chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.

CSIRO Report, Climate and Disaster Resilience, and accompanying Technical Report

25 recommendations on building Australia's climate and disaster resilience

Released in August 2020.

Qld

IGEM Qld

Queensland Bushfires Review 2019-20, Report 2: 2019-20

72p

Review of progress on recommendations from 2018 bushfires in Queensland

Released 20 February 2020

NSW

Independent, State Government appointed

Owens D, O’Kane M, Final Report NSW Bushfire Inquiry

NSW government has accepted all 76 recommendations

460p

76 recommendations

Released 13 July 2020

ACT

Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety

Legislative Assembly for the ACT

Review of ACT emergency services responses to the 2019-20 bushfire season

Submissions closed

Hearings completed

Scheduled to report later in 2020

ACT

Independent external consultants, Synergy Group

ACT Emergency Services Agency Operational Review of the Bushfire Season 2019/20

121 p

31 recommendations

Released 20 August 2020

ACT

Internal

Ray Johnson.  FINAL REPORT Report to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on ACT Government coordination and response during the 2019-20 Bushfire Season August 2020

38p

4 recommendations

Released 20 August 2020

VIC

IGEM

Independent Inquiry 2019-2020 Victorian Fire Season home page

Inquiry into the 2019–20 Victorian fire season Phase 1 Community and sector preparedness for and response to the 2019–20 fire season.

Part 2 Report, relief and recovery, due mid 2021

376p

17 recommendations

Phase 1 report released 18 September 2020

SA

Govt of SA

Independent Review into South Australia's 2019-20 Bushfire Season

168p

15 Recommendations

June 2020

Selected analyses of the 2019 / 2020 Summer Season

-

Peer reviewed journal Paper

Alexander I et al, Impact of Australia's catastrophic 2019/20 bushfire season on communities and environment. Retrospective analysis and current trends, Journal of Safety Science and Resilience Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2020, Pages 44-56

-

July 2020

-

Peer reviewed journal Paper

Arriagada NB et al, Unprecedented smoke‐related health burden associated with the 2019–20 bushfires in eastern Australia Med J Aust || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50545
Published online: 23 March 2020

-

March 2020

NSW

Climate Council of Australia

Lesley Hughes, Will Steffen, Greg Mullins, Annika Dean, Ella Weisbrot and Martin Rice, Summer of Crisis, Climate Council of Australia Limited, 2020

34p

2020

NSW

Grattan Institute

Stephen Duckett, Will Mackey, and Anika Stobart, The health effects of the 2019-20 bushfires Submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements 2020

18p

2020

Listings of previous Reviews / Inquiries into Australian Bushfires

Background Paper: Australian inquiries and reports concerning natural disasters, he Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, 2020

Bush Fire Post Event Reviews and Inquiries, NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE LIBRARY, Accessed 31 August 2020

Disaster Inquiries Database, BNHCRC, 2019

Cole, L, Dovers, S, Eburn, M, Gough, M , Major post-event inquiries and reviews: review of recommendations , BNHCRC, 2017

Forrest Fire Management Victoria, Previous Reviews and Inquiries, 2010

Senate, Previous bushfire inquiries, 2010

NOTE:

  • The Disaster Inquiries Database provides an extensive collation and analysis of over 300 Reviews / Inquiries of bushfires in the Australian setting
  • Cole et al provides a structured review and analysis of recommendations from previous Reviews / Inquiries of bushfires in the Australian setting