Key points from national bushfires inquiry

Paul Osborne
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* A body similar to the national cabinet (prime minister and premiers) to look at long-term policy, national preparations and the response to, and recovery from, natural disasters

* Political leaders should have access to a national advisory body to help their decision making

* Examination of thresholds and legalities around the call-out of defence personnel to assist

* Harmonisation of data and common information platforms across state, territory and federal government

* Better climate projections to inform decision making

* Ability to declare a "state of national emergency"

* Improvements to state and territory fire and emergency capabilities, including a national register of personnel, equipment and aerial assets

* Regular multi-agency exercises to prepare for various scenarios

* Australian-based and registered national aerial firefighting capability

* Real-time information systems to inform the public about road closures and openings

* Better sharing of resources between local governments

* Improvements to evacuation planning

* Roll-out of the Australian Fire Danger Rating System and all-hazard Australian Warning System

* Nationally-consistent air quality information and health advice

* Better data on Australian flora and fauna

* Engagement with Indigenous people on land and fire management

* Natural disaster risk to be considered in land-use planning decisions

* Review of recovery funding arrangements

(Source: Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements)