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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.

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

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).

Official community meetings have now concluded.

Submissions have now closed


Submissions to the Inquiry opened on 10 February 2020. The deadline for submissions was initially extended from 27 March to 17 April 2020 to allow additional time for people and organisations who may have been affected by the COVID-19 situation.

The Inquiry further extended the submissions deadline to Friday 22 May 2020 to align with the period of online community consultation. 

Submissions have now closed.

Please note that if you still wish to put in a submission after the closing date, we will do our best but cannot guarantee it will be considered before the Inquiry provides its final report to the Premier. Submissions will be published prior to the Inquiry reporting to the Premier.

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