Perth Hills Bushfire Inquiry

Final report

The report of the special inquiry titled A Shared Responsibility was tabled in parliament by the Premier on Wednesday 17 August 2011.

The inquiry

The inquiry was conducted by Mr Mick Keelty APM AO. The inquiry had regard to all aspects of bushfire risk management in the Perth hills area with specific reference to:

  1. The adequacy of current preventative measures, specifically prescribed burning and other bushfire mitigation activities.
  2. The impact of land use, environmental and building laws, practices and policies in the affected areas, affecting bushfire prevention, mitigation and response and what, if any, changes may be required.
  3. The actions that can and should be taken by landowners, residents and tenants in relation to bushfire risk management including undertaking vegetation clearance, operation of evaporative air-conditioners and storage and/or removal of hazardous inflammable material surrounding their dwellings and buildings. This should include consideration of associated enforcement regimes and penalties.
  4. The adequacy and effectiveness of information and communication campaigns and mechanisms, including systems for alerting residents in relation to the fire or potential fires.
  5. Improvements that can be made in relation to the coordination of activities across all levels of government, including with volunteer groups.


Submissions have now closed. All individuals, community groups, private organisations, local governments and State Government representatives with a view on the matters under consideration were encouraged to make a submission to the inquiry. The Review received 101 Submissions. Confidential submissions were not published.


Media enquiries should be directed to the Office of the Premier on (08) 6552 5200.

Completed Events

  • Community Meeting, Armadale Arena - Sunday 13 March 2011
  • Community Meeting, Armadale Arena - Wednesday 16 March 2011


  • Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA
  • Australian Broadcast Corporation
  • Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • City of Armadale
  • Community members
    Brad Brown
    Geoff Burrell
    Ed and Leonie Donnes
    Greg and Melody Jenkins
    Gavin Fancote
    Steve Marshall
    Jos Mensink
    David Redpath
  • Department of Child Protection
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Department of Planning
  • Emergency Services Volunteers Association
  • FESA Board Chairman
  • Fire and Emergency Services Authority
  • Jandakot Volunteer Bushfire Brigade
  • Landgate
  • Main Roads
  • SGIO Insurance
  • Shire of Mundaring
  • Swan River Trust
  • Water Corporation
  • Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)
  • Western Australia Police
  • Western Power

Completed Consultations

  • Auditor General of Western Australia
  • Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council
  • Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre
  • Community members
  • Country Fire Authority - Victoria
  • David Templeman – Former Director, Emergency Management Australia
  • Department of Sustainability and Environment – Victoria
  • Insurance Council of Australia
  • Minister for Emergency Services
  • Minister for the Environment
  • Noetic Solutions
  • Ron McLeod – Victorian Bushfires Royal Commissioner
  • Rural Fire Service – NSW
  • Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
  • Shadow Minister for the Environment
  • Stuart Ellis (FESA Incident Review)
  • United Firefighters Union - WA
  • University Western Australia
  • Victorian Fire Services Commissioner

Completed Site visits

  • Bedfordale Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade focus group
  • Community members
  • Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Fire and Emergency Services Authority

Page last updated 11 February 2016