Lessons to be learned in relation to the Australian bushfire season 2019-20

On 5 February 2020, the Senate referred the 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 to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by Thursday, 2 December 2021.

On 19 March 2020 the committee agreed to extend the submission deadline from 9 April 2020. The closing date for submissions is now 22 May 2020.

On 7 October 2020, the committee tabled a substantive interim report.

Further Submissions 

On 11 December 2020, the committee re-opened submissions to the inquiry. The committee invites submissions, or supplementary submissions, by 11 February 2021.

The committee has a particular interest in: 

  • Hazard reduction – including existing hazard reduction practices (the possibilities for future hazard reduction regimes) and indigenous burning practices and their efficacy.
  • The 2019-20 bushfire season – and the level of recovery one year on (including the progress and status of recovery efforts).
  • Mitigation infrastructure and land-use planning – including an assessment of the types (and costs) of mitigation infrastructure that would effectively reduce risk in fire-prone areas.
  • Insurance issues – the effects of fires on insurance premiums in fire affected regions (one year on from the 2019-20 fire season).
  • Aerial firefighting – including the establishment of a sovereign aerial firefighting fleet, the use of aerial resources and early suppression.

 

Committee Secretariat contact:

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About this inquiry

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

Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

12 Aug 2020: Canberra
30 Jul 2020: Canberra
29 Jul 2020: Canberra

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Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)

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