The State Government’s response to the independent review of the 2016 extreme weather event is now available.


Conducted by former Police Commissioner Gary Burns, the review made 62 recommendations to strengthen South Australia’s disaster resilience.

The State Government has accepted and commenced implementation of 46 of the recommendations, with one completed and 22 due to be completed by 30 June 2017.

Work underway includes the development of a state plan for managing the consequences of a state-wide power outage, as well as an evacuation plan for the central business district.

Other recommendations already being implemented include:

  • reviewing and updating the business continuity plans of government agencies providing essential services to the community
  • strengthening relationships / planning arrangements with telecommunications providers
  • training and capacity building of emergency services personnel.

A further recommendation which proposes the development of a strategy to foster community resilience has been accepted in principle. The remaining 15 recommendations to be considered involve significant investment in equipment, infrastructure or systems or are of a complex nature requiring extensive external consultation.

The State Emergency Management Committee will oversee the implementation and further consideration of the recommendations as appropriate, and will provide progress updates to Cabinet by 30 July 2017 and 30 July 2018.

The State Government’s response is available at www.dpc.sa.gov.au/about/extreme-weather-event-review.