Reviews of the 2019-20 Bushfire Season

Reviews of the 2019-20 Bushfire Season

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

On 20 August 2020, the ACT Emergency Services Agency Operational Review of the Bushfire Season 2019/20 was publicly released following an independent analysis of the ACTESA’s planning, response and recovery over the 2019-20 bushfire season. A Summary of the Review is also available.

ACTESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan commissioned the Operational Review in May 2020 to ensure the ACTESA honours a culture of continuous improvement across all phases of emergency management, reinforcing a strong commitment to delivering the highest levels of service and protection to the ACT community. The external consultants collected personal insights from volunteers and staff through an analysis of after-action reviews, a number of one-on-one interviews and reviewed emergency legislation, guidelines and operating procedures. 31 recommendations are outlined in the Operational Review aimed to enhance future bushfire planning and response capabilities.

ACT ESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan - Release of ACT ESA Operational Review of the Bushfire Season 2019/20 (Team Address) from ACT Emergency Services Agency on Vimeo.

Review of Whole of ACT Government Coordination and Response during the 2019-20 Bushfire Season

The Review of Whole of ACT Government Coordination and Response during the 2019-20 Bushfire Season was tabled at the Legislative Assembly and publicly released by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on 20 August 2020.

The review was led by ACTESA Deputy Commissioner Ray Johnson.

The Report provides insights into the whole of ACT Government coordination and response to the bushfire season of 2019-20 in the ACT when a State of Emergency was declared. There are 35 recommendations for Government to consider.

Some recommendations that focused on key updates to the Emergencies Act 2004 have already been implemented through the Emergencies Amendment Bill 2020.

_____

These reports will be considered against other reviews currently underway, including the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements.