The state government has accepted all 103 recommendations to improve the state's response to bushfires after a scathing report found serious flaws in the handling of the January fires.
The Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry, headed by former South Australian Police Commissioner Malcolm Hyde, found the state's emergency management plan was unsuitable for the crisis and communication systems were inadequate.
Premier Lara Giddings has announced $1.5 million will be spent to start work on the recommendations, but the true cost of fully implementing them is unclear.
Key recommendations include:
- Develop a state-wide evacuation policy, exempting home owners if it is reasonable for them to stay
- Clearly define the role of State Controller in legislation to avoid confusion about who is in charge.
- Issue warnings to communities earlier
- Create a plan to manage the transition from immediate recovery to medium and long term recovery
- Better manage of social media
- Review the role of Red Cross in emergency management.
The inquiry also criticised the role of senior police.
"The Inquiry is surprised that for this emergency, police at higher levels did not have key leadership roles."
Tasmania Police have already begun a review of its traffic management policy with a view to being more flexible.
More than 200 homes and one school was destroyed in the fires that swept through the state's south on January 4.