Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission 2009
| “On Saturday 7 February 2009, the State of Victoria experienced the most devastating bushfires in its history, resulting in catastrophic loss of life and public and private property” (taken from Interim Report)
Three years down the track the aftermath of this event continues to impact on communities and families.
| VPRS 16295/P1 Unit 1 2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION INTERIM REPORT
VPRS 16295/P3 Items 1, 2, 3 VPRS 16295/P4 Unit 1
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Victorian Bushfires 2009
Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) has in its custody the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Interim Report. VPRS 16295/P3 is available for viewing online in digital format from the Public Record Office Victoria website.
VPRS 16295/P1, Unit 1 & VPRS 16295/P4, are the physical versions of the reports and can be ordered for viewing at Victorian Archives Centre.
P1 - physical version of the Interim Report P2 - consignment number not used P3 - digital versions of Interim Report and Final Report P4 - physical versions of Interim Report 2 and Final Report
Some of the chapters outlined in the report are: Emergency Management, Emergency Calls, Warnings, Relocation, Stay or Go, Incident Management, Executive Summary, Risk and Refuge.
The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was established on 16 February 2009 to investigate the causes and responses to the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in late January and February 2009.
The Commission is chaired by the Hon. Bernard Teague AO and supported by Commissioners Ron McLeod AM and Susan Pascoe AM.
The Commission produced two interim reports and a final report. The first Interim Report was released on 17 August 2009, six weeks after the end of the first hearing block. Interim Report 2 - Priorities for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas was released on 24 November 2009. The report made seven recommendations, which deal with the need for a national standard for bushfire bunkers and urgent changes to building standards for building in bushfire areas.
The final report was delivered to the governor of victoria on the morning of 31 July 2010. The governor presented the report to the premier who tabled it in the Victorian Parliament.
The final report consists of four volumes, plus a summary:
Summary Volume I - The Fires and the Fire-Related Deaths Volume II - The Preparation, Response and Recovery Volume III - Establishment and Operation of the Commission Volume IV - The Statements of Lay Witnesses The Final Report is also available in three versions on the Commission's website: www.royalcommission.vic.gov.au