The South Australian Government welcomes the Final Report and recommendations of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (Royal Commission), and has released a response to each of the 80 recommendations, supporting in-principle the vast majority.
The South Australian government is already investing close to $100 million in additional resources and capacity building to ensure we are prepared to respond to the threat of bushfires. This funding was announced after the Independent Review into South Australia’s 2019-20 Bushfire Season.
Many of the recommendations of the Royal Commission relate to work already underway at both local and national levels. South Australia is committed to partnering with the Commonwealth, other States and Territories, business and non-profit sectors and the community to deliver projects which have clear community safety outcomes.
Current projects include implementing the Australian Fire Danger Rating system and progressing work on Public Safety Mobile Broadband.
South Australia is a member of the National Emergency Management Minister’s Meeting which is overseeing implementation or significant progression of priority recommendations ahead of the 2021-22 high-risk weather season, as agreed by the National Federation Reform Council.