|Title||Discussion paper: Learning for emergency services, looking for a new approach|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Eburn, M, Dovers, S|
|Institution||Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC|
This is a discussion paper circulated for feedback and comment. The authors welcome your thoughts in response to the following questions, as well as any other thoughts, criticisms, concerns or ideas you would like to share.
This paper reviews the processes used in inquiries following significant natural hazard events, and in particular bushfires. It is argued that the coroner/Royal Commissioner model has not proved effective in identifying learning that will help communities to rebuild relationships after an event, or develop resilience in anticipation of the next event.
After identifying shortcomings with current practices the paper argues that restructuring post event inquiries. Restorative justice is a concept established in the area of criminal law but it is argued that guidance from the restorative justice community could assist in formulating enquiries that would assist all the parties to come together to resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the disaster and deal with its implications for the future.
The paper also argues that a standing Fire and Emergency Safety Bureau should be considered to conduct some enquiries and to act as a standing secretariat for inquiries in the nature of a Royal Commission.
Issues of compensation for those affected by natural disasters are touched upon.