Responses to, and lessons learnt from, the January and February 2016 bushfires in remote Tasmanian wilderness

8 December 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-485-6

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee membership (PDF 24KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 38KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 12KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 229KB)

Conduct of the inquiry, acknowledgement and note on references
Structure of the report
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
The 2016 bushfires and their estimated impact on the TWWHA

Chapter 2 - Impact of climate change (PDF 325KB)

Fire conditions and dry lightning strike
Climate research
Planning for climate change
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Assessment and modelling capacity (PDF 131KB)

Australian fire models
Current efforts to develop a Tasmania-specific fire model
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Financial, human and mechanical resources (PDF 228KB)

Available firefighting resources
Resources provided in response to the 2016 bushfires
Concerns about the availability and provision of resources
Concerns about the Tasmanian Government's response
Prioritisation of environmental assets
Committee view

Chapter 5 - World Heritage Convention and remote area fire management (PDF 89KB)

Australia's World Heritage Convention obligations
Compliance with the World Heritage Convention
Upholding World Heritage values
World best practice in remote area fire management
Committee view

Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 32KB)
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions, tabled documents, additional information, and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 19KB)

Form letter
Tabled documents
Additional information
Answers to questions on notice

APPENDIX 2 - Public hearings (PDF 13KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526