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Report of the National Inquiry on Bushfire Mitigation and Management

About this Document

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Inquiry on Bushfire Mitigation and Management finalised its report on 2 April 2004. The report remained under embargo while COAG considered the report and developed an agreed response to the report.

COAG has now agreed out-of-session to the release of both the report and COAG’s response. The Prime Minister's media release is available on the Prime Minister's website.

Information on viewing and downloading options for the Report of the National Inquiry on Bushfire Mitigation and Management are provided below.

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Further Information

Further information about the report can be obtained from:

Russell Phillips
Infrastructure and Regional Policy Branch
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
(02) 6271 5536

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The Report

The report has been made available on this site in Microsoft Word (DOC) and Portable Document Format (PDF) for downloading and printing.  Key sections have also been made available in HTML format.

If you have any difficulties in accessing the information provided or need further assistance with alternative formats, please contact the department using the contact details provided above.

Document Disclaimer: Please note that the HTML and the Microsoft Word (DOC) versions of the report have been reproduced from the print version. The print version and the PDF copy of this report remain the authoritative versions of the document.

Full Report

To reduce download time the report is also provided as a lower graphic quality PDF. The full report is approximately 450 pages. The appendices form approximately half of this.

Full Report - High Quality - DOC 2.62MB PDF 5.76MB
Full Report - Lower Quality - PDF 2.95MB

Report by Chapter

Preliminaries and Table of Contents - DOC 83KB | PDF 668KB

Summary and Findings - HTML | DOC 145KB | PDF 251KB

Part 1 - Background

Chapter 1 - Bushfire in Australia - DOC 250KB | PDF 776KB

Chapter 2 - 2002-03 Bushfire season - DOC 164KB | PDF 417KB

Part 2 - Understanding and attitudes

Chapter 3 - Learning to live with Fire DOC 83KB | PDF 245KB

Part 3 - Mitigation and Management

Chapter 4 - The risk-management process - DOC 95KB | PDF 262KB

Chapter 5 - Research, information and analysis - DOC 199KB | PDF 453KB

Chapter 6 - Risk Modification - DOC 339KB | PDF 1.57MB

Chapter 7 - Readiness - DOC 96KB | PDF 283KB

Chapter 8 - Response - DOC 495KB | PDF 1.45MB

Chapter 9 - Recovery - DOC 89KB | PDF 248KB

Part 4 - Governance and Organisations

Chapter 10 - Governance and coordination - DOC 118KB | PDF 229KB

Chapter 11 - Knowledge, learning and training - DOC 105KB | PDF 239KB

Chapter 12 - Rural fire service volunteering - DOC 119KB | PDF 262KB

Chapter 13 - Reviewing performance - DOC 73KB | PDF 196KB

Part 5 - National bushfire principles

Chapter 14 - National principles for bushfire mitigation and management - DOC 68KB | PDF 244KB

Appendixes

A: the Inquiry's terms of reference - DOC 39KB | PDF 99KB

B: Submissions and consultations - DOC 105KB | PDF 177KB

C: Previous Inquests and inquiries: major recommendations - DOC 326KB | PDF 412KB

D: Fire history in Australia - DOC 240KB | PDF 176KB

E: State and Territory Fire services - DOC 59KB | PDF 153KB

F: Bushfire-related Cooperative Research Centres - DOC 93KB | PDF 210KB

G: Bushfire and land management terminology - DOC 289KB | PDF 179KB

H: The Australasian Fire Authorities Council - DOC 41KB | PDF 147KB

I: the Forest Fire Management Group - DOC 37KB | PDF 96KB

J: Report Contributors - DOC 36KB | PDF 114KB

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Response to the Report

Response to the Report - HTML | DOC 92KB | PDF 93KB

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