2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission

Commission reports

Final report

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The final report was delivered to the Governor of Victoria on the morning of 31 July 2010. The Governor then presented the report to the Premier who tabled it in the Victorian Parliament.  The report is now available to the public.
The final report is split into four volumes, plus a summary:
  • Summary
  • Volume I—The Fires and the Fire-Related Deaths
  • Volume II—Fire Preparation, Response and Recovery
  • Volume III—Establishment and Operation of the Commission
  • Volume IV—The Statements of Lay Witnesses.
There are three versions of the final report available on this website. All versions have been split into chapters for ease of navigation and speed of download.
  • Interactive version
    This version displays the report in HTML format and provides hyperlinks to evidence referred to in the report. It is ideal for users with low internet speed/bandwidth, and for people who wish to access the documents referred to in the evidence; however, it is largely unsuitable for printing.

  • Print friendly version
    This version presents the report in Adobe PDF format* and is the best choice if printing the final report.

  • High resolution version
    This version displays the final report in Adobe PDF format* exactly as printed.

If you wish to obtain your own copy of the report in electronic format (DVD for computer use), please contact the Victorian Government at Victoria Online or by phoning 1800 463 684.
*You will need Adobe Reader software to view this format which you can download free of charge from the Adobe website: www.adobe.com.

Interim report

The Commission's Interim Report was released on 17 August 2009. It made 51 recommendations and was the culmination of six months’ work, including four weeks of community consultations; examination of more than 1,260 submissions and eight weeks of public hearings involving a total of 87 witnesses.

Copies of the interim report can be downloaded from this site. Printed copies (including accessible formats such as large print or audio) can be obtained by contacting Information Victoria on 1800 463 684.

Interim report 2

The Commission released its second interim report, Interim Report 2 – Priorities for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas, 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. This is a 17 page document that can be easily downloaded from this website.


Terms of Reference

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Practice Notes

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Opening Remarks

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Closing Remarks

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