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Contemporary Disaster Inquiries in Australia

In my series on the Climate Change Emergency Preparedness Inquiry I’ve discussed past disaster inquiries. This post attempts to index all disaster related inquiries in Australia since 2000. See my newer post here for a list of inquiries prior to 2000.

For the purposes of this list I’ll define an inquiry as any investigation conducted or commissioned by an arm of state or federal government (ie. legislative, executive or judicial) into a specific disaster or a general disaster related topic. I won’t however list reports on disaster related bills or strategies (for example the National Disaster Resilience Strategy), reports that are not publicly available or those commissioned by NGOs, associations and the private sector. I’m including any inquiry that reported after 01/01/2000.

I find that there have been more than 200 disaster related inquiries since 2000. If you’re aware of anything I’ve missed please let me know in the comments.

Current Inquiries

Federal
New South Wales
Queensland
ACT
Victoria
Tasmania
South Australia
Northern Territory
Western Australia

Federal

COAG

(includes inquiries from Ministerial and Standing Councils and Intergovernmental working groups)

Parliamentary

Royal Commission

Independent

Agency

Audit

New South Wales

Parliamentary

Independent

Coronial

Agency

Audit

Queensland

Parliamentary

Independent

Government

Coronial

Agency

Audit

Australian Capital Territory

Parliamentary

Independent

Coronial

  • 2006 – The Canberra Firestorm: Inquests and Inquiry into Four Deaths and Four Fires between 8 and 18 January 2003 Volume 1 & Volume 2

Agency

Audit

Victoria

Parliamentary

Royal Commission

Independent

Coronial

Agency

(includes reports prepared by the Emergency Services Commissioner or commissioned by the Fire Services Commissioner in their statutory roles)

Audit

Tasmania

Parliamentary

Independent

Coronial

Audit

South Australia

Parliamentary

(The SA Parliament website, which is horrible to navigate, makes it impossible to link directly to the relevant inquiries. The best I can do is link to the committee page, you have to navigate from there.)

Government

Independent

Coronial

Agency

Northern Territory

Coronial

Agency

Western Australia

Parliamentary

Independent

Coronial

  • 2004 – Tenterden Fires Coronial Inquiry
  • 2004 – Ocean Farm Fires Coronial Inquiry
  • 2012 – Coroner’s inquest into SIEV 221 – Christmas Island
  • 2013 – Coroner’s inquest into the fatal bushfire at Albany (yet to report)
  • 2014 – Coroner’s inquest into fatalities at Fortescue construction camp in Cyclone George (yet to report)

Agency

Audit

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3 Comments

  1. […] a previous post, I’ve attempted to catalogue all the disaster related inquiries in Australia since the year […]

  2. Caroline Wenger says:

    Great list – thankyou. I found several interesting reviews.
    Links to some of the reviews I tried don’t seem current any more (‘coming ready or not’ (WA) and ‘Managing stormwater…Melbourne’.
    Maybe one that could be added would be the BoM review (2011) : Review of the BoM’s capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural disaster events and to provide seasonal forecasting services

    • Thanks for the information about the broken links. I’ve updated them. Also the BoM review is listed, but I had it listed under 2012 (when it was made public) rather than 2011 (when it was published). I’ve corrected this also.

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