ACTESA Operational Review of the Bushfire Season 2019/20 released

Today, (20 August 2020) the ACT Emergency Services Agency Operational Review of the Bushfire Season 2019/20 was publicly released following an independent analysis of the ACTESA’s planning, response and recovery over the bushfire season.

ACTESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan commissioned the Operational Review in May 2020 to ensure the ACTESA honours a culture of continuous improvement across all phases of emergency management, reinforcing our strong commitment to delivering the highest levels of service and protection to the ACT community.

While the review, undertaken by external consultants, found overall that the ACTESA’s performance was sound, there were several areas of improvement identified. The Agency is well underway in addressing these 31 recommendations and with preparations for the upcoming bushfire and storm season.

The report is available at as well as the Review of the ACT Whole of Government Response to the 2019-20 bushfire season which was also released today.

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