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NSW Bushfire Inquiry

The NSW Government has commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season to provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season.

Dave Owens APM, former Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, and Professor Mary O’Kane AC, Independent Planning Commission Chair and former NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, are leading the six-month inquiry, which is reviewing the causes of, preparation for and response to the 2019-20 bushfires.

If you’ve been impacted by bushfires, contact Service NSW's Customer Care service.

Community meetings have concluded


The NSW Bushfire Inquiry has travelled to bushfire-affected communities to meet with and directly hear from people who have been affected by the 2019-20 bushfires. The Inquiry held community meetings in Lithgow (25 February 2020), Tenterfield (8 March 2020) and Glen Innes (9 March 2020).

As the COVID-19 situation prohibited the Inquiry from continuing to visit communities to hold face-to-face meetings, community consultation was also undertaken via video conference (with an option to participate by phone) to ensure we could continue to hear stories directly from community members.

Consultations via video conference have been held for:

  • Lake Conjola/Fisherman's Paradise (16 April 2020)
  • Mid North Coast (17 and 23 April 2020)
  • Snowy Monaro (29 April 2020)
  • Snowy Valley (29 April 2020)
  • Shoalhaven (1 May 2020)
  • Northern Rivers and Clarence Valley (4 May 2020)
  • Far South Coast (6 May 2020)
  • Wollondilly and Southern Highlands (7 May 2020)
  • Hawkesbury (11 May 2020)
  • Blue Mountains (12 May 2020)
  • Capital to Coast (13 May 2020)
  • Snowy Valley (25 May 2020).

Official community meetings have now concluded.

Published submissions

The Inquiry is grateful for all submissions from bushfire-affected residents, emergency and support personnel, organisations and the general public. Their stories and photographs have been very valuable informing the Inquiry’s work.

The Inquiry received 1967 submissions in total. While all submissions to the Inquiry have been considered, the Inquiry has determined not to publish submissions that:

  • have not provided express consent to publish
  • contain statements that may be defamatory to another party, or are likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate. 

Attachments such as journal or newspaper articles have been removed, to avoid copyright infringement. 

Personal information (for example, phone numbers and addresses) has been redacted by the Inquiry.  Names of submitters have been redacted where the submitter has indicated they consent to the Inquiry publishing their submission on an anonymous basis.

Some submissions contain material that may be distressing, including accounts of people's personal experiences, images of deceased and/or injured wildlife and destroyed property. 

Final Report of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry

Download the Final Report of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry.

Research Hub Reports

Download the reports by the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub commissioned by the NSW Bushfire Inquiry.
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