This Final Report is delivered in accordance with section 12 of the Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor Act 2011 (the BRCIM Act). The report records the State’s progress on approximately 300 implementation actions outlined in Implementing the Government’s Response to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission (the Implementation Plan) which was tabled in Parliament in May 2011.
The Implementation Plan sets out the government’s response to the 67 recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission (VBRC).
Chapter 1 of this Final Report discusses the changes to fire management in Victoria since February 2009. Significant initiatives include the creation of the State’s first Fire Services Commissioner (FSC), the subsequent Fire Services Reform Action Plan, command and control arrangements and a number of legislative amendments.
The chapter also summarises the 2010-11 and 2011-12 fire seasons and a range of exercises and reviews that have been conducted. While acknowledging the substantial improvements to fire management, this chapter also reiterates the critical importance of shared responsibility in minimising the likelihood of a tragedy of the scale of Black Saturday ever happening again.