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

December 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-322-7

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction and Background

  Interim report
  Final report
  Report structure

Chapter 2—Bushfire Inquiries - findings and updates

  Bushfire inquiries
  Committee’s interim report

Chapter 3—Aerial firefighting sovereign fleet

  Aerial firefighting – committee findings
  Aerial firefighting - Royal Commission findings
  Committee view

Chapter 4—The recovery process in local communities

  Evidence of the slow progress of recovery
  Community-led recovery
  Grant funding
  Information sharing and availability
  Re-telling the story
  Accessing services
  Impact on children
  Committee view

Chapter 5—Co-ordination and management of recovery efforts

  Assistance from the Australian Defence Force
  Forging better links between government agencies and communities
  Development of a humanitarian assistance framework
  National Bushfire Recovery Agency
  National Recovery and Resilience Agency
  Operating principles for providing relief and recovery support
  Committee views

Chapter 6—The impact of bushfires on insurance

  Evidence from communities
  Insurance policies – specific issues
  The role of the insurance industry
  Findings of the Royal Commission
  Government announcements
  Committee views

Chapter 7—The impacts and risks of bushfires and resilience measures

  Climate change
  Bushfire smoke
  Preparation and mitigation efforts
  Hazard reduction
  Committee view

Additional Comments - Coalition Senators

Additional Comments - Australian Greens

Appendix 1—Recommendations from the Interim Report, October 2020

Appendix 2—Government Response to Interim Report, May 2021


Appendix 3—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 4—Public Hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3846