Breaches of planned burn control lines report (2017-18)

This is the Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s (IGEM’s) third report on planned burns that breach control lines and incorporates implementation monitoring of recommendations associated with bushfire fuel management.

In this report, IGEM details the one breach that occurred during the reporting period and provides a progress update on 6 recommendations made in its previous report Summary of investigations into Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning breaches of planned burn control lines 2016–17.

This report also includes an update on the implementation progress of the final 2 recommendations from the Independent Investigation of the Lancefield-Cobaw Fire, which concludes IGEM’s monitoring and reporting of these 22 recommendations.

Read the full report here:
Summary of Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning bushfire fuel management 2017-18 report.

Breaches of planned burn control lines report (2018-19)

Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) has released a fourth report reviewing breaches of planned burn control lines.

The report provides a review of three planned burn breach of control lines that occurred in 2018-19. IGEM has made four findings, one recommendation and one observation based on the information provided in the FFMVic investigation reports. An update of implementation of six recommendations from the IGEM 2016-17 is also noted. The report is to inform and strengthen FFMVic’s planning and assessment of the risk of planned burns breaching control lines and foster continuous improvement.

Read the full report here:
Assurance of Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning breaches of planned burn control lines 2018–19.

Breaches of planned burn control line 2019-20

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) has released a fifth report reviewing the planned burn control line breaches.

No breaches of the control line that required reporting to IGEM occurred in 2019-20, the first time since IGEM commenced its monitoring function in January 2016.

The report provides an update on implementing recommendations from the IGEM 2016-17 and the 2018-19 reports.

The report also provides a synopsis of the IGEM review of planned burn breaches of the control line that have occurred over the past five years. IGEM notes that it has observed significant improvements in DELWP’s planning, assessment, approval and conduct of planned burns. Issues that were once prevalent – such as administrative error and approval oversight – are now rarely observed. IGEM also observed positive improvement in DELWP's approach to the way it evaluates outcomes.

Read the full report here:
Assurance of Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning breaches of planned burn control lines 2019–20.

Page last updated: 19/02/21