The bushfires have had a devastating impact with 25 people killed in NSW and thousands of homes damaged. Now, the government of NSW has announced an independent six-month inquiry into the bushfires which will examine causes as well as the preparedness and response. It is expected that the inquiry would consider how climate change, human activity and other factors had contributed to the blazes. The inclusion of climate change in the term of reference comes amid the debate over the issue in Australia, with the Australian government being heavily criticised. The Emergency Services will come under great level of scrutiny if the inquiry into the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires is anything to go by. The sector is under significant pressure to manage demand and deliver effective services with increasingly reducing resources. Management of risk, robust financial savings plans and effective decision making are under even more scrutiny. We have worked with many government departments and agencies to help improve cost-efficiencies or provide insight, challenge and assurance in this area. We also help clients mitigate and manage risk, demonstrate accountability and meet their compliance requirements.

Jean-Marc Imbert
National Head of Risk Advisory
Whilst bushfires are still burning in some parts of Australia, the Coronavirus has now reached our shores. More than a decade on from the last virus scare, the World Health Organization has declared a global emergency and this will have a direct impact on the global capital markets and tourism in Australia. We are already seeing popular tourist locations deserted and restaurants experiencing the lowest level of patronage. These two events combined will have major impacts on Australia’s economy and managing the risk of an economic downturn is now more than ever real for many businesses.
In this context, we hope you enjoy this edition of Risk Insider.

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